The Old Town Market in downtown Rock Hill is ready for another season of locally grown fresh produce, farm products and works from area artisans.
The 2012 market season will kick off with Thursday nights grand opening at 5 p.m. in its new location: 190 Dave Lyle Blvd. at East White Street, near the Wells Fargo bank building.
This is a highly visible, easily accessible location with plenty of parking, said Old Town Market Manager Chrys Tuttle.
The market will be open 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Sept. 1.
The grand opening will feature live music from The Perfect Melancholies, a market staple from last season, and other events, including:
• A childrens activity of planting flowers, from Lovern Landscape and Greenhouse.
• Pickles Da Clown and Rapunzel with balloon sculptures and face painting.
• Demonstrations by Joel Ackerman of Pops Woodturning.
• Door prizes.
People can expect to see some new faces this year, too.
Periwinkle Cafe and Bakery, 140 East Main St., will participate in several markets this year, Tuttle said. The restaurant will sell homemade bakery items and drinks.
Many of our vendors and customers have wanted drinks and snacks to be available, so I am very excited to welcome Periwinkle to Old Town Market, she said.
Tega Hills Farm also is new to the market this year. The farm is known in Charlotte-area restaurants for its lettuces and microgreens, Tuttle said.
Other vendors will include:
• Pennington Produce with tomato plants and produce, especially heirloom tomatoes.
• Tirzah Farm and Flowers with cut flowers and produce.
• Watson Farms with local grass-fed beef, pastured chicken and pastured pork.
• Hannah Hands Farm with produce, fresh eggs and chicken and goat meat.
• Merrit Eggleston with vegetable plants and produce.
• Olivias Forest with natural soaps and nature-inspired art and jewelry.
• StrangeLittleGirl Jewelry with metal and gemstone-based jewelry.
• Bak 2 Candles with hand-poured candles.
A full list of vendors can be found online at onlyinoldtown.com/market.
I hope that people will come out for Old Town Markets grand season opening to experience a sense of community as they reconnect with favorite market vendors and meet new ones, Tuttle said. There will be something for everyone.
Credit cards are accepted at the market in exchange for Old Town Market money that can be used at any vendor. Select vendors also accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers.
For information, visit onlyinoldtown.com/market or call 803-417-4067.
Nicole E. Smith 803-329-4068