One of my favorite things about Greenville, SC is the Farmers Market that runs on Saturdays from May through October. The market is a great way to meet local vendors and support them in their craft. I have been inspired by the different farmers, crafters, and bakers in my city and the ways in which they reach our community. There is just something about purchasing a product that was handmade by someone and knowing the story behind it that makes it meaningful. 

As I walk through the many white tents along Main Street, I can’t help but wander over to the Banana Manna and order a small loaf of their chocolate chip banana bread. The farmers that show up with their herb plants and beautiful flowers are some of my favorite vendors. I once bought a golden raspberry plant from a nursery, and the man that owns it is so knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. Even though my plant produced only a few berries, it was so much fun to replant and taste test. I even went back to him for advice about my plant the next year as it started to grow back after winter. I have picked up a little bell pepper plant, herbal plants, and some fresh cut flowers as gifts.  The farmers market is not just for plants, though. It has everything from pasta to stacks to different cheeses! If you love pasta, Rio Bertolini’s Fresh Pasta Co. has amazing flavors, and a ton of them. Blue Ridge Creamery has great cheese options, and we even ended up on their Instagram page.

My favorite part of the farmers market are the bakeries, making their products fresh and usually providing breakfast to the many people that stroll through the market. As someone who loves baking, I appreciate all of the time and effort that each vendor puts into planning their products, setting up before the sun comes up, and explaining their products over and over lacking no passion. All of the breads, sweets, and treats are so tasty, and I often get a coffee to accompany me as I browse. If you have a passion or a craft, don’t miss out on sharing it. There are people out there that need what you do in some moment to put a smile on their face. I am reminded of this every time I see everything that the farmers market has to offer. Check out your local farmers market, and let it push you to do what you love!

Written by Audrey Salaita