The first vendor plans to move into South Carolina’s new State Farmer’s Market near Columbia this weekend. South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers says the facility’s grand opening won’t be held until all vendors have moved from the old location. He says officials have agreed to leave the old location by October 29. The market was first slated for opening last spring but has faced construction delays.
The new facility is located on U.S. 321. The old one is located on Bluff Road next to Williams Brice Stadium. Senn Brothers Produce will be located in the new location next week. Weathers says other vendors will move during the following weeks.
Weathers says this is a big event since many of the vendors have been in the old location for so long.
We have construction projects underway at the new location servicing 13 wholesalers who will be moving. This is a big move for the vendors, some of whom have made their living on Bluff Road for 50 years.
Weathers says the new facility will serve all of the Midlands and draw people from all over the state.
The new property is three times the size of the one on Bluff Road. There will be up to 40 acres where new businesses related to food can locate and make it even greater. The Columbia market, in its hay day, was the seventh-largest farmer’s market in the United States.
The facility’s second phase, including an amphitheater and exhibition kitchen, is scheduled to open this fall. The market’s Fall Plant and Flower Festival will be held at the new facility.