Manning farmers market open for the summer

BY SHARRON HALEY
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 6/15/18

MANNING - Summer is less than one week away, and that means it's time for local farmers and gardeners to be selling their freshly picked summer vegetables at the Manning Farmers Market, at the corner of Church and Boyce streets in Manning.

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Manning farmers market open for the summer

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MANNING - Summer is less than one week away, and that means it's time for local farmers and gardeners to be selling their freshly picked summer vegetables at the Manning Farmers Market, at the corner of Church and Boyce streets in Manning.

The market is open 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday from June to October.

Last week, there were more shoppers than vendors at the market, which is an indicator that local farmers and gardeners should see good sales when their crops reach the peak of the growing season.

While the season is still a little early for ripe tomatoes and corn, some local growers are beginning to see tomatoes turn a little pink on the vine. During the next month, shoppers should see an abundance of vegetables including corn, several varieties of squash, peppers, okra, eggplant, cucumbers, peas, beans, watermelons and cantaloupe for sale at the market.

Along with vegetables and produce, vendors in past years have also sold local honey, homemade relishes and shelled peas and beans and a variety of fruit and gardening plants. Homemade sweets have also made their way onto the tables at the market.

For farmers and gardeners interested in selling their products at the market, visit Manning City Hall at 29 W. Boyce St., fill out an application and pay a $10 vendor's fee, which is good for the entire 2018 selling season.