Palmetto Farmers Market opens season

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The Palmetto Farmers Market is now open from 4-7 p.m. Thursdays along the new walking trail in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park.

Winners of the first Palmetto Farmers Market Dollar drawings were Olene Bear and Kathy Lloyd. The market holds a drawing each week in which winners receive $25 in Palmetto Market Dollars to spend at any farmers market vendor.

At the first market held last Thursday, farmers brought yellow squash, locally grown in a high tunnel (hoop house); leeks; lettuce; radishes; turnips; mustard greens; strawberries; sausage, pork chops, and ham hocks; goat cheese and milk; Gouda cheese; honey; eggs; locally-made soap and skin care products; pound cake; smoked olive oil; green onions; bok choy; rabbit and rabbit sausage; chard; kohlrabi; jams, jellies, and salsas; boiled peanuts; handmade dog treats; Leopard Forest coffee; and plants.

Attendees who visit the market information table can register for market dollar drawings. The market will be giving away two – $25 Palmetto Market Dollar prizes each week to lucky shoppers thanks to a generous grant from AgSouth Farm Credit, organizer Rebecca McKinney said. The market dollars can be used at any of the farmers market vendors. Reusable AgSouth shopping bags will also be given away again this year, while supplies last.