Guide To Farmers Markets Around Columbia


Farmers Markets Around Columbia | Columbia SC Moms BlogWhen my family and I moved to the Columbia area nearly three years ago, there were a few things I started to search for long before we had even found a place to live: the nearest library and a local farmers market. You know … because, priorities. 

The Midlands did not disappoint! With year-round mild weather and a long growing season, farm fresh produce is readily available. In addition, the central location of our city brings artisans and business owners from the mountains, the coast, and everywhere in between. Whether you are new to the area or are a true Southern local, you are going to want to check out the list below and make some plans to explore. 

Now, I realize that frequenting a farmers market is not a new concept. Most communities have them. In addition, the popularity of such events has grown with the current trend of certain diets, the farm to table movement, and the desire to keep business local. Again, none of these are shocking discoveries but for some reason, they have become the ‘in’ thing to do. As a result, there has been a bit of a boom in local markets and this can only be a very good thing for all of us. They are for anyone and everyone. It doesn’t matter a bit if you have NEVER been to a farmers market or if you spend every Saturday morning there. It is irrelevant if you eat paleo, vegan, gluten free, or are on a strict diet of pizza and cheap beer. Whether you bike to work, ride the bus, or commute an hour in your Volvo. Regardless of your lifestyle, personal style, or hairstyle, there is something for YOU!

Each market has its own feel and its own vibe so be sure to hop around a bit. Some markets are very foodie focused, others may have more artisans and shop booths than others and have live music! You just never know! Often I change up the markets I visit depending on what I am looking for that day and the kind of shopping I hope to do. So stretch your legs! Explore a bit! And get out to a FARMERS MARKET!

South Carolina State Farmers Market 

Showcasing produce that is Certified South Carolina Grown, this market is open during the week! You can shop year round, but be aware that the peak seasons is April through October. Lots of artisan shops and specialty products make this a must see market. Be sure to follow them on Facebook so you won’t miss the special events and featured activities.

Location: 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia 29172
Dates: Weekdays, year round
Hours: 8am -4 pm 
Social Media: Facebook   

Irmo Farmers Market

Great variety with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere! This super family friendly market is just big enough to offer what you need without having to search high and low for it. This popular local market has undergone some changes in the last year and it has a new location, a new goal, and we couldn’t be more excited to see what is new! Be sure to click above and read all about how they are giving back to the Irmo community! 

Location: Irmo High School
Dates: Saturdays, June 17- Sept 30 
Hours: 9am-noon
Social Media: Facebook 

Chapin Downtown Farmers Market 

Brand new this year is a market in Chapin! The first Saturday of each month sees the downtown of Chapin come alive. They have a new theme each month (June is Dad’s Delight) and even have free food demonstrations, activities to promote an active lifestyle, and local music! This market is new and growing so be sure to venture out and get a cup of coffee, pick up stuff for dinner, jam to some music, and shop!

Location: 100 block of Clark St, Chapin
Dates: First Saturday of each month May-Oct
Hours: 8:30-11 am
Social Media: Facebook 

Grow Newberry Farmers Market

Shaded by big, beautiful trees, this market is held in Memorial Square by the Newberry Opera House. Only a short drive up I-26 from downtown Columbia, this homegrown market features local vendors and crafters, as well as special events. Downtown Newberry is also home to many antique shops and eateries, all located on the town’s Main Street within walking distance of the market so plan to come and explore a bit! Make it a day trip for the family and you will be so glad you did!

Location: Newberry Memorial Park, 1201 McKibben St
Dates: Saturdays in June & July
Hours: 9-11:30 am
Social Media: Facebook 

Soda City Farmers Market 

This large market is definitely a local favorite in the area and a great place to start if you are new to Columbia! Come hungry, as the amount (and sheer variety) of food stalls is phenomenal and you can eat while you’re shopping. The vendors change slightly from week to week, but you are likely to find local honey, crepes, wine, a plethora of regional foods, BBQ, and of course fruits, veggies, baked goods, and local meats and cheeses from nearby farms and dairies. The food vendors include many Main Street restaurants as well, giving you ample opportunity to try something new! It is a GREAT place shop with lots of booths selling local crafts, art, clothing, home decor, and just about anything else you can think of! There is a lot to see so I recommend coming early and taking your time. Meet up with friends, bring your out of town guests, let your kids find a new food to try, or just stroll and browse the options.

Location: the 1500 block of Main St, downtown Columbia
Dates: Every Saturday, year round
Hours: 9am-1pm
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram  

Sandhill Farmers Market 

Ever been to the market on Clemson Rd? The website mentions that it is “…home to farmers from around the region and all are required to personally grow a certain percentage of the items that they sell. Items available include fresh local produce, meat, fish, eggs, butter, milk, cheese, honey, plants, flowers, shrubs, and baked goods. Many products are organic. An “Ask a Master Gardener Booth” is available for anyone with questions on lawn and garden problems.  The market often features live music and healthy lifestyle demonstrations in addition to special theme market days.” They have a newsletter that you can easily sign up for so click on the link above so you won’t miss a thing! 

Location: 900 Clemson Rd, Columbia, 29229 (across from The Village at Sandhill)
Dates: Every Tuesday, May-Thanksgiving
Times: 2-7 pm
Social Media: Facebook  

Blythewood Farmers Market

This market features SC Certified vendors of local foods and crafts. Definitely something for everyone, including kids activities, demonstrations (everything from farming to tae kwon do), local artisans, tables of baked goods, organic foods, and even live music! Enjoy all of this with a healthy portion of one of our favorites-kettle corn! 

Location: 171 Langford Rd
Dates:Wednesdays, May- October
Hours: 4-7 pm
Social Media: Facebook 

Lexington Farmers Market 

This market is family friendly and intended to promote and support local growers and businesses. Along with all of the usual farmers market accouterment, they focus on the benefits of eating local, fresh produce and showing community spirit while encouraging new and established shops. Vendors are varied with a wide variety of options. A great market that is dedicated to Lexington!

Location: Lexington Square Park, 205 E Main St.
Dates: May-Sept (excluding July 1)
Hours: 9 am-noon
Social Media: Facebook  

Kershaw County Farmers Market 

Located in Camden, SC, this market is right on the edge of the Midlands! If you have never ventured out to Camden, you’re going to want to plan a day trip! Ripe with history and with so much to see, the farmers market is just the beginning. Booths and tents with fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, and local farms selling grass fed meats. Don’t forget to look for eggs, fresh brewed coffee, and various wares from local artists! You can even try your hand at conducting an orchestra!  

Location: 222 Broad St
Dates: Saturdays, April-Nov
Hours: 8 am-noon
Social Media: Facebook, Instagram    

Know of a Farmers Market we missed? Tell us about it below and we’ll add it to the list!



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