I’ve said it before, but I am a bit spoiled and sheltered living in
Downtown Greenville, SC. It’s like a 21st-century fairy tale
sometimes. I know it’s true, but I’m fine with it because of how
often I go out and enjoy it.
But it’s the end of the year, and the weekly outdoor city events I
love are almost all gone. First-world problems, sure, but it still
The only weekly outdoor event left downtown is the TD Saturday Market.
But by now we’ve all heard the saying, “winter is coming,” and the
Saturday Market coming to its annual close is the truest sign (it’s
also a good notice to start Christmas shopping).
Most people familiar with Greenville, SC seem to know about the TD
Saturday Market. But not everyone has visited it or recognizes how
important it is. It’s not just apples and peaches. It’s local
apples and peaches, sculpture and ceramics, hot sauces and dog foods,
and, oh yes, the best vegetables in the Carolinas. I won’t go on
about why I believe anything local is so important, but I will say
that the Saturday Market organizers purposely travel to vendors’ farms
to certify any produce for sale at the market is indeed local, and
local makes it better.
But this is not your local grocery store, either. The Saturday
Market is legitimately fun because it’s more than just fruits and
vegetables. Where else can you find fresh organic chocolate banana
bread for sale next to photo prints of Greenville landmarks and across
from fresh-cut pasta? What about handmade soaps and hand-carved
local river rocks next to free-range chicken eggs and hydroponic
lettuce? Looking to buy a new birdhouse while listening to live
music? You’re in luck. Gluten-free diet? You’re covered, too.
The downtown setting is brilliant, but it’s the variety of the
Saturday Market that makes it a frequent award winner.
The final Saturday Market of the year is a special event called the
Autumn Harvest on Saturday, October 27th from 8 A.M. to noon, and is
also celebrating the market’s tenth year. Take your children
trick-or-treating at the market vendor booths all morning. There will
also be a children’s Halloween costume contest, Star Wars characters
from the 501st Troop, a children’s “Cupcake Walk” competition, a
recipe swap, and “Spooky Science” projects with The Children’s Museum.
Two years ago I started a small garden of vegetables and herbs where I
live downtown. I’ll grow food forever now. It’s changed how I feel
about what farmers do and why it’s important. If you know what I mean
or grow anything yourself (or if you just need a good pumpkin) come
have fun at the TD Saturday Market before it’s gone for 2012. And
save me some chocolate.
The TD Saturday Market is hosted on Main Street between Court and
Washington in Downtown Greenville, SC from 8 AM to noon.
Follow the TD Saturday Market on Twitter @GvilleSatMarket, #satmkt