The York and Clover farrmers markets are gearing up for a new season of harvests.
The Downtown York Farmers Market will have a grand opening at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 9. The market, in a parking lot at 55 N. Congress St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
It will offer seasonal produce and handcrafted items, said Susan Wagner, interim market manager and owner of Old Alley Gifts and Handcrafts.
The Clover Farmer’s Market will open Tuesday, May 12. The market will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. each Tuesday in the parking lot behind the Clover Community Center, 120 Bethel St.
The Clover market will have fresh, local produce, home-baked breads, artisan cheese, pork, beef and seafood, local honey, natural cleaning products, artisans crafts and more.
The Clover market, which is opening for its second year, also plans special monthly market days with entertainment. They include a June 9 spring fling, a July 7 patriotic celebration, an Aug. 11 beach party and Sept. 8 harvest days.
During the special monthly market days in Clover, shoppers can try recipes using fresh produce prepared by the students and chef in the Clover High School culinary department.
Wagner said the York market was on Friday evenings last year to avoid competing with another market at nearby Inman Farms that no longer exists. Several other markets are on different days, she said.
“We are trying, since we’ve lost the courthouse and the traffic it generated, and the downtown businesses have suffered because of that loss, and we are just looking at ways to revitalize the downtown area and bring people downtown,” she said.
The downtown markets have always been popular, she said. “It brings fresh produce to people,” she said.
The York market opening will include a ribbon cutting, face painting and balloon figures, Wagner said. Joe Harden, owner of Downtown Music on Congress Street, also plans a grand opening, and some of his students will perform, she said.
Wagner said the market will have some new items. A Clover-area vendor plans to sell fresh seafood, she said. She said another vendor plans to sell locally-made cedar furniture, which is made to order and can be delivered.
Jennifer Becknell • 803-329-4077
New vendors are welcome for the York and Clover farmers markets. For vendor information, call Susan Wagner at 803-684-0404 for the York market and, for the Clover market, contact Barbara Denny at 803-222-9495 or email@example.com.