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.
August - National Farmers Market Month
This month kicks off National Farmers Market Month. Farmers markets connect and unite people living in rural and urban communities, provide access to fresh and healthy food, and best of all, put a face to farmers who produce it. South Carolina has participated in National Farmers Market week since 2000 when it first established by the USDA.
"It's a time when things are really at their peak so we take time to celebrate Farmers Market Month. It's a good time to remind people that South Carolina has a great number of little farmers markets across the state. They all have their own character and its a good time to socialize, meet the farmers and get some great food," Hugh Weathers, SC AG Commissioner.
We plan to celebrate all month long. Join us for music, giveaways and of course fresh produce. You can check out pictures from last year on our Flickr account, just look for KershawCountyFarmersMarket.
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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 currently booking entertainment for the 2014 market season.
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