The mission of the KCFM is to provide fresh, local, in-season South Carolina grown products to consumers. By providing a central location for Kershaw county and South Carolina growers and producers to connect and market directly with consumers, citizens gain a local alternative to corporate food production. The main objective of the KCFM is to support existing, and encourage new, small independent South Carolina growers and producers. Additionally, it is the purpose of the KCFM to provide a community gathering space for residents and visitors of Kershaw County.
Quote"Agriculture is not crop production as popular belief holds - it's the production of food and fiber from the world's land and waters. Without agriculture it is not possible to have a city, stock market, banks, university, church or army. Agriculture is the foundation of civilization and any stable economy."
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10 Reasons to Support Farmers MarketsFrom savoring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers markets. Here are just a few!
1. Taste Real Flavors The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers market are the freshest and tastiest available. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully in the field and are brought directly to you-no long-distance shipping, no gassing to simulate the ripening process, no sitting for weeks in storage. This food is as real as it gets-fresh from the farm.
2. Enjoy the Season The food you buy at the farmers market is seasonal. It is fresh and delicious and reflects the truest flavors. Shopping and cooking from the farmers market helps you to reconnect with the cycles of nature in our region. As you look forward to asparagus in spring, savor sweet corn in summer, or bake pumpkins in autumn, you reconnect with the earth, the weather, and the turning of the year.
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KCFM TipsSummer is in full bloom at the market thanks to all the rain. No matter the weather, you can count on the Kershaw County Farmers Market to open. When it rains and you stay away, it causes our farmers to lose a lot. According to estimates, farmers canlose up to 50% of their business when it rains or the weather turns inclement. Unlike the big chain grocery stores, farmers can not make up the difference in the days following.
The farmers market is more than a place to exchange cash for goods. It is a place to build relationships and support small business at the same time. Here we are closer to the producers, making us responsible and concerned for their success. We then become co-producers, an important and necessary link in the process of providing safe, sustainable and affordable food for everyone.
If you are committed to supporting your local farmers, consider coming to the market on rainy days. It may not be as fun as shopping under clear Carolina blue skies, but look at it this way, the crowds will be smaller and your farmer will be most grateful for your support.
We are promoting a healthier lifestyle by making the Farmers Market a smoke free environment.
We hope our fans and supporters will continue to enjoy shopping as we make the market a safe and healthy place to connect with friends and neighbors.
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