Landrum Farmers Market sees huge crowds on opening day
Published 8:45 am Thursday, April 6, 2023
Attendees braved harsh weather to enjoy local goods and produce
LANDRUM-The Landrum Farmers Market’s opening day on April 1 proved to be a great success. Despite the disappointing weather, the parking lot was full and spirits were high.
The market’s opening day showed a massive turnout with plenty of fresh local produce, eggs, meats, plants, baked goods, crafts and more. With 55 vendors in attendance, the number of participating vendors went up 37% from last year’s opening day.
“Despite the weather early that morning, we had a huge crowd come through to browse, shop and enjoy fellowship,” stated Market Assistant Manager Joanne James.
Locals such as Bobby Burns offered bedding plants, and Charlie McClure brought his baked goods. The Lukens Land and Cattle boys retain their same stall from last year, offering beef and pork products, and the Blank sisters have returned with sourdough baked goods and some sweet treats, as well. A variety of vendors provided beautiful flowers and hanging baskets, and new vendor Bluebird Coffee provided some much-needed caffeine.
Organizers also received over 25 applications for the Little Sprouts Garden Club, which will have their first meeting on Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m. The club is for children aged four and up, and teaches about planting and maintaining a garden and the life cycle of plants. Children will also hear from some farmer vendors. Garden boxes for the club were built by the Landrum High School FFA under the direction of Joanne and Dan James and FFA leader Jessie Hyder. Stephen Garrison from Peachy Hill Farm provided the soil.
The market will also hold a special Easter Egg scavenger hunt for children on Saturday, April 8.
The market is located at 221 West Rutherford Street in downtown Landrum and lasts from April 1 to December 19. It operates each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.