Colle Farmers Market Responds to Clemson, S.C. Organic Farmers Market Preview

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A preview of a future farmers market in Clemson, South Carolina is hoping to spark interest among consumers. Colle farmers market responds, encouraging the Clemson community to continue this effort to support local produce, and suggests taking the initiative in an organic-only direction.

On March 13, Colle Farmers Market issues a response to an article from Independent Mail on a local farmers market in upstate South Carolina that held its first Preview Market, in which vendors could sell winter crops before the actual farmers market begins.

Clemson, South Carolina is scheduling a test-run farmers market in order to “gauge interest in an earlier market from the vendor and the customer and to branch out the farmers market phenomenon in the Clemson area,” according to Clemson Farmers Market manager Kathi Dimmock, who was quoted in the Independent Mail article. Organic farmers markets have been rising in popularity in the area, and Dimmock is looking to expand and help farmers capitalize on that growth.

The Clemson Farmers Market has only been around for four years, and has already become a very popular attraction for people in the area. “It features locally grown produce and fruits, cheeses, specialty foods, gardening equipment, organic gardening supplies, herbs, eggs, meats and more each Friday,” according to the article. Until the weekly farmers market begins in late May, the “Preview Market” will take place on the first Friday of each month.

Colle Farmers Market responds to Dimmock’s strategy, saying that it is important to give organic farmers as many ways as possible to sell their food and support their business. The company also applauded the Clemson Farmers Market for only accepting vendors within a 70-mile radius, saying that this is a great way for the community to support local farming.

The company suggested that the Clemson Farmers Market embrace the idea of creating an organic farmers market. A Colle representative says, “The Clemson strategy affords a great opportunity to promote not just local growing but also the environmental and nutritional advantages of organic food. If they moved toward an organic-only model they could potentially attract a lot more people from the area, considering the current momentum behind the organic food movement.”

Colle is an E-Commerce enabled farmers market community that is passionate about sustainable consumption and responsible conservation. The Colle movement is dedicated to connecting natural product vendors, organic farmers and all people who are living an organic and natural lifestyle.

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