Kershaw County Farmers MarketKershaw County Farmers Market
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906 Broad Street• Camden • Saturdays:  8am - 12 noon


10 Reasons to Support Farmers Markets  

 From savoring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers markets. Here are just a few!  
1. Taste Real Flavors The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers market are the freshest and tastiest available. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully in the field and are brought directly to you-no long-distance shipping, no gassing to simulate the ripening process, no sitting for weeks in storage. This food is as real as it gets-fresh from the farm.  
2. Enjoy the Season The food you buy at the farmers market is seasonal. It is fresh and delicious and reflects the truest flavors. Shopping and cooking from the farmers market helps you to reconnect with the cycles of nature in our region. As you look forward to asparagus in spring, savor sweet corn in summer, or bake pumpkins in autumn, you reconnect with the earth, the weather, and the turning of the year.  
3. Support Family Farmers Family farmers need your support, now that large agribusiness dominates food production in the U.S. Small family farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today's globalized economy.  
4. Protect the Environment Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate. All this shipping uses large amounts of natural resources (especially fossil fuels), contributes to pollution, and creates trash with extra packaging. Conventional agriculture also uses many more resources than sustainable agriculture and pollutes water, land, and air with toxic agricultural by-products. Food at the farmers market is transported shorter distances and is generally grown using methods that minimize the impact on the earth.  
5. Nourish Yourself Much food found in grocery stores is highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. Some of it has been irradiated, waxed, or gassed in transit. These practices may have negative effects on human health. In contrast, most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques, picking produce right before the market, and growing heirloom varieties.  
6. Discover the Spice of Life: Variety At the farmers market you find an amazing array of produce that you don't see in your average supermarket: red carrots, a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes, purple cauliflower, stinging nettles, green garlic, watermelon radishes, quail eggs, maitake mushrooms, and much, much more. It is a wonderful opportunity to savor the biodiversity of our planet.  
7. Promote Humane Treatment of Animals At the farmers market, you can find meats, cheeses, and eggs from animals that have been raised without hormones or antibiotics, who have grazed on green grass and eaten natural diets, and who have been spared the cramped and unnatural living conditions of feedlots and cages that are typical of animal agriculture.  
8. Know Where Your Food Comes From A regular trip to a farmers market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced. CUESA's seller profiles that hang at the booths give you even more opportunities to learn about the people who work hard to bring you the most delicious and nutritious food around. Profiles, articles about sellers, and a map of farms are also available on this website.  
9. Learn Cooking Tips, Recipes, and Meal Ideas Few grocery store cashiers or produce stockers will give you tips on how to cook the ingredients you buy, but farmers, ranchers, and artisans at the farmers market are often passionate cooks with plenty of free advice about how to cook the foods they are selling. You can also attend free seasonal cooking demonstrations by leading Bay Area chefs and evening classes on food preservation and other kitchen skills.  
10. Connect with Your Community Wouldn't you rather stroll amidst outdoor stalls of fresh produce on a sunny day than roll your cart around a grocery store with artificial lights and piped in music? Coming to the farmers market makes shopping a pleasure rather than a chore. The farmers market is a community hub-a place to meet up with your friends, bring your children, or just get a taste of small-town life in the midst of our wonderful big city.    

Spring 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.

Source: theKitchn
a little one enjoys berriesIt's that time for ...  

Right now, the juicy berries are in season along with Asparagus, Beets, Cabbage, Cilantro, Green Onions, Leeks, Oriental Veggies, Mixed leafy greens, Parsley, and Radishes. You can check out a complete list of produce availability on our website or click here.

SCF VeggiesMake Sure to Eat Your Veggies This Week:

April 21-27th is US Veg Week, a weeklong celebration exploring the many benefits of vegetarian eating for our health, planet and animals.

Learn more about USVegWeek 2014 or to take the pledge go to:

Here are a few tips and tricks from Master Gardener Paul James, host of "Gardening by the Yard" on HGTV.

Clean It Up: Remove salt deposits that form on clay pots, combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the pot and scrub with a plastic brush. Let the pot dry before you plant anything in it.

Nail Care: For the ladies or gents to prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap and you will effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can't collect. Afterwards, use a nailbrush to remove the soap.

Wrap it Up: Have garden twine handy each time you need it, by sticking a ball of twine in a small clay pot, pull the end of the twine through the drainage hole, and set the pot upside down in the garden. 

Reuse, Recycle: The next time you boil or steam veggies, don't toss the water, use it to water potted patio plants. You'll be amazed how plants respond to the "vegetable soup."  

Protecting Your Soil: Use leftover tea and coffee grounds to acidify the soil of acid-loving plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, gardenias and even blueberries. A light sprinkling of about one-quarter of an inch applied once a month will keep the pH of the soil on the acidic side.  

Get Advice:  Got questions? When all else fails ask our local Master Gardeners who are at the market ever fourth Saturday.

Source: HGTV

Here are a few helpful tips to get the most out of your trip to the farmers market.

Know Your Seasons: Learn what grows in your area, when, and talk to the growers about what will be coming to market in upcoming weeks. You can get a complete list of produce availability here.

Plan out meals ahead of time: Since you know what you're likely to find or in season at the farmers market, you can do a bit of meal planning and shop accordingly.

Bring Big Bags and Small Change: Make sure to bring your own sturdy canvas or nylon bags. Although vendors will make change, purchases will go easier and faster if you have exact(or close to exact) change.

Work in volume: The best deals at the farmers market are had when you buy in bulk. You'll enjoy the best flavors and the best prices when you buy lots of whatever is at its harvest peak. Freezing, canning and drying are just some of the ways you can save seasonal tastes.

Get Advice: If you find a vegetable that is new to you at the market and want to give it a try, ask the farmer how to prepare it. For the best tips specifically ask how they like to eat it. Source: 

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