Lots Going On At Farmers Market This Summer
Concerts, chili cook off among events planned at market.
The Easley Farmers Market was briefly transformed into a cooking school Saturday morning.
Chef John Dioguardi of Easley’s Bella Vita restaurant held a cooking demonstration Saturday, serving up shrimp and polenta, or as he calls it, “the Italian version of shrimp and grits.”
And the chef didn’t have to go far for his ingredients – most of them, including the shrimp, came right from the Easley Farmers Market.
An interested crowd gathered around as Dioguardi demonstrated his techniques, and the onlookers got to sample the results when he was done.
Bella Vita is located at 119 Gulf street, behind West End Hall. Call 859-1499.
The Easley Farmers Market is open from 8am – noon every Saturday in front of Easley City Hall.
The summer bounty is in full swing and each market day features the freshest produce from area farms and gardens.
Farmers Market Manager Lisa Garrett said the market accepts SNAP/EBT benefits. She said the market gives an extra $5 for each SNAP transaction, to allow consumers to purchase more fresh fruit and vegetables for their families. The added value is available one per person, per market day.
There’s always something going on the Easley Farmers Market.
This Saturday, Sweet Potato Pie will perform at the market. This group is made of talented young musicians from the Young Appalachian Musicians program, which pairs experienced musicians with young students eager to learn traditional mountain music.
On July 21, SunLit Moon performs.
August 6-11 is Farmers Market week in the State of South Carolina.
On August 25, come out and learning about rain barrels, composting, rain gardens and lots more as the Pickens County Stormwater Partners visit the Farmers Market.
The pie contest usually held in July will not be held this year, as July 4 falls in the middle of the week, Garrett said.
But a new event kicks off in August.
On August 25, the market will host the 1st Annual Chili Cookoff.
“We decided to do something different this year,” Garrett said.
To learn more about the market and its upcoming events, visit its Facebook page or its web site at www.easleyfarmersmarket.com or call City Hall at 855-7900, ext. 7200.