South Carolina’s oldest farmers market in continuous service, in the same location, will celebrate its 63rd birthday on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 7 am to noon. This is the Aiken County Farmers Market at 115 Williamsburg St. near downtown Aiken.
“The vendors here make the market the vibrant attraction that it is,” said Jenny Burghardt, tourism supervisor for the City of Aiken. “Saturday’s observance also is a recognition of the hard work and dedication that the farmers put into offering the public the best fresh fruits and vegetables year-round.” Readers of the Aiken Standard chose the market the “Best Place to Buy Produce” earlier this year.
Baked goods, honey, soaps, candles, wood crafts and artwork are among the other products that can be found at the market on Saturdays. The Aiken Master Gardeners will be present to provide gardening information and tips.
Vendors setup on 45 tables that were built by farmers and their families in the 1950s. The market shelter in which they are located was built in 1954. In addition to being a shopping venue, the market is a social melting pot for many area residents.
Burghardt encouraged shoppers to come out Saturday and thank the vendors for making the market the popular attraction that it has become.
The Aiken County Farmers Market also is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 1 pm.