Butler County Farmers Market now open

Published 1:00 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2023

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By: Tiffany Albritton-Hickman

Local farmers and vendors were up early Saturday morning to kick off the Butler County Farmers Market opening day for 2023. The market is located at 701 Cedar St. in uptown Greenville, directly adjacent to the county courthouse. 

Farmers from Mckenzie, Forest Home, Greenville, and surrounding areas were in attendance, sharing their homegrown and handcrafted goodies with the community. Shoppers were able to obtain vital information about their local food system, as well as purchase a variety of organic and fresh turnips, collards, mustards, and microgreens, squash, sea salts, potatoes, tomatoes, fresh yard eggs, quail eggs, seasonings, spices, pecans, cakes, brownies, candy, and more.

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The market’s newest vendor, Martha Hurley, hails from Hope Hull, introducing microgreens into the mix. 

According to Hurley, “Microgreens are a vegetable’s most nutritious state.” 

She offered radish, pea, broccoli, and sunflower microgreens for sale, with an informative presentation, about the benefits of adding microgreens to your diet.

Bill Taylor and his wife Betty represented the Flying Basset Farm out of Forest Home, with a variety of fudge and pecan treats. Brenda Cole of Greenville shared the secrets of her homemade fig jam, seasonings, extracts, and sea salts. 

Wilton Burgans was on hand, with a luscious display of turnips, mustards, and collards, all from the town of Shackleville. Rebecca McCarter, the owner of Mimi’s cakes, was also onsite with a variety of delicious cakes and pies. 

Each vendor shared their business cards and websites for continuous support and availability to serve the public.

“The Farmers Market will be open every Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.,” said vendor Bobbie Royster 

Royster encourages the community to come on out and shop and see all the healthy options that local farmers have to offer. She offers greens, beautiful yellow squash, potatoes and tomatoes, sweet peas, pepper sauces, preserves and more at her booth. 

Royster said she is grateful to the City of Greenville, and especially city official Richard Branum for overseeing the project.