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Fresh produce returning to downtown York in April

Luscious strawberries, juicy peaches and plump tomatoes are all headed to North Congress Street in York according to Signa Curry, the market coordinator for the York Downtown Farmers & Artisans Market.

“We will be bringing a touch of the country, to the heart of the historic city” Curry said.

For the third season, local farmers and vendors will be bringing fresh vegetables, fruits, and crafts to the market beginning 8 a.m., Saturday, April 17.

“We expect that when the seasons are in, the produce will be available around 7 in the morning fresh from the gardens,” Curry said.

Local and mountain grown fruits and vegetables, herbs, flowers, honey, and eggs will be available along with crafts, candles, soap, leather goods, and pottery. Several vendors will be selling for a third season.

“Saturday mornings will become a creative, educational, homey and lively community gathering place for family, neighbors, and friends,” explained Curry. “We are hoping that groups such as scouts or churches will sell hot dogs, baked goods or maybe have a lemonade stand.”

Informational booths are also encouraged.

This year’s market will feature live, local entertainment as well as special events including a Saturday of Master Gardeners, a Wellness Day, a tractor and farm show, cooking demonstrations and face painting and other special events later in the year such as the Christmas tree sales in conjunction with Christmas in Olde York’s tour of homes.

Horse drawn carriage rides will be available at the market this year too.

There is no charge for vendors and is open to the public. No licensing is required.

“This is simply a good will gesture from the city and personally, I feel a very generous one,” explained Curry who serves on the board of the SC Farmers Market Association. “This is truly a farmer's market and not just a place for produce to be trucked in like some markets across the state.”

For information on selling at the market contact Curry at signamarie@gmail.com or call 803-299-2322.

Want to go?

The York Downtown Farmers & Artisans Market is open 8 a.m. - noon, Saturdays, at 53 N Congress Street in York.

For information about becoming a vendor, contact Market Coordinator Signa Currie at signamarie@gmail.com, or call 803-299-2322.