Guide to Farmers Markets Around Columbia


Farmers Markets Around Columbia | Columbia SC Moms BlogWhen it comes to farmers markets, Columbia and the surrounding areas have a lot to offer. 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. 

Each market has its own feel and its own vibe so be sure to explore them all and find what fits you. Or just choose what’s close, we won’t judge! Some markets are very foodie focused, others may have more artisans and shop booths, and some have live music. Whatever you prefer, have fun doing it!

Columbia Area

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. 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. Parking is free on Saturdays making the drive downtown worth it!

Location: 1300-1500 blocks of Main Street, Downtown Columbia, 29201
Dates: Every Saturday, year round
Hours: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

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. Be sure to follow them on Facebook so you won’t miss the special events and featured activities. It can be tricky to find, but there are some good directions on their website

Location: 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia 29172
Dates: Weekdays, year round
Hours: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Social Media: Facebook

Northwest Area

Irmo Farmers Market

Great variety with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere! This family friendly market is just big enough to offer what you need without having to search high and low for it. Several unique vendors with food, art, and coffee for the 2019 summer season.

Location: Irmo High School, 6671 St. Andrews Road, Columbia 29212
Dates: Tuesdays
Hours: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Social Media: Facebook

The Market at Icehouse (Lexington)

This market is family friendly and intended to promote and support local growers and businesses. Along with all of the usual farmers market attractions, 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: The Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main Street, Lexington 29072
Dates: May 18 – Sept. 28 (excluding July 6)
Hours: 9 a.m. – noon
Social Media: Facebook

Chapin Downtown Farmers Market

The first Saturday of each month sees the downtown of Chapin come alive. Pet and kid friendly the event features live music and sometimes bounce houses for families to enjoy. This farmers market is primarily intended as a farmer/grower and local artisan market that uses a community friendly atmosphere to promote, support and encourage local production.

Location: 100 block of Clark St, Chapin 29036
Dates: First Saturday of each month May – Oct.
Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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. Make it a day trip for the family and you will be so glad you did!

Location: Newberry Memorial Park, 1201 McKibben Street, Newberry 29108
Dates: Saturdays in June and July
Hours: 9 a.m. – noon
Social Media: Facebook

Northeast Area

Sandhill Farmers Market

This market is home to farmers from around the region and all are required to personally grow a certain percentage of the items that they sell. An “Ask a Master Gardener Booth” is available for anyone with questions on lawn and garden problems. It is sponsored by Clemson University research and extension (cough, cough, go gamecocks!).  

Location: 900 Clemson Road, Columbia 29229 (right across from Village at Sandhill)
Dates: Every Tuesday, May – Thanksgiving
Times: 2 – 6 p.m.

Blythewood Farmers Market

This market features SC Certified vendors of local foods and crafts. Definitely something for everyone, including kids activities, local artisans, tables of baked goods, organic foods, and even live music! Some dates offer free wine and beer tastings. It’s located in the lovely Doko Meadows Park, so stick around and let the kids play on the playground and check out the turtles at the pond. 

Location: 171 Langford Road, Blythewood 29016
Dates: Wednesdays, May – Oct.
Hours: 4 – 7 p.m.
Social Media: Facebook, Instagram

Kershaw County Farmers Market

Located in Camden, 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: 906 Broad Street, Camden 29020
Dates: Saturdays, April 6 – Nov. 23
Hours: 8 a.m. – noon
Social Media: Facebook, Instagram

Lake Carolina

Located in the heart of Lake Carolina’s town center, this little market has all you need. Fresh produce, specialty foods, artisan vendors, live music, and special scheduled events for kids. Check out their social media for specific dates. I think we will be checking out the petting zoo day! 

Location: 5 Lake Carolina Way, Columbia 29229
Dates: Thursdays, April 25 – Oct.
Hours: 3 – 7 p.m.
Social Media: Facebook

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