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Chapin to debut downtown farmer’s market

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Chapin will host its first Downtown Farmer’s Market Saturday, May 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the 100 block of Clark Steet.

The market, sponsored by the Town of Chapin, was made possible with a grant from Eat Smart, Move More Lexington County.

“We want people to enjoy spending their Saturday mornings walking around in downtown Chapin,” Karen Owens said in a press release. Owens is Chapin’s communications and economic development director.

“Several communities across the state have markets that provide a convenient opportunity for people to deal directly with the local farmers to get fresh produce, dairy products, herbs and meat that is produced right here in South Carolina.”

The market will provide opportunities for local residents to access fresh produce, meats and other related agricultural products along with some handmade arts and crafts, health and wellness information, and live music.

Owens said each month will have a unique theme, and May will be “All About Mom.” Shelly Daugherty, a licensed massage and body work therapist with Chapin’s Essential Wellness, will provide a 30-minute demonstration beginning at 9:30 am on ways to minimize back pain and stress through a variety of methods. Local musician Curt London will also be performing during the market, and market shoppers can enjoy some hot coffee and breakfast treats from the Coffee Shelf.

“These local markets offer artisans, musicians and other agricultural-related product entrepreneurs a chance to showcase their talents,” Owens said.  “We have some fun activities planned and hope to create a family-friendly environment that will bring people back each month.”  

Currently, Big Belly Farm, Bowers Farms, Mt. Horeb’s Community Garden, Staci’s Scentsations, The Classy Cruet, Agu’s All Natural Salve, Rosie’s Toffee have all secured space for the opening market. Growers and vendors interested in signing up can access the market rules and application on the Town’s website

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