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Getting Fresh and Local in the Country

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INMAN FARMS OPENS A LOCAL FARMER’S MARKET

Blog Post May 2013
Photo courtesy of Inman Farms

Fresh and local seems to be the foodie theme of this century so far with farmer’s markets and local produce on the rise everywhere you turn. Inman Farms in western York County, S.C. provides local produce as well as local handcrafted items – all in one, fun place. Spending a day in the country supporting local growers is simple in York County.

Purchased by the Inman family in 1893, the farm has expanded over the century from the 290 original acres to over one thousand acres and is still owned by the family today. Cotton, peaches, and grapes have all grown and sold on the property, evolving with the economy. Now the property hosts other vendors and artisans looking to sell their goods. The Market is set up in the Inman Farms 1951 peach packing shed, still equipped with its original packing equipment from back in its “peachy” glory days.

The market opened May 18th with great success, hosting local growers and artisans to an eager crowd. Vendors are welcome to set up on their own any day of the week. The selection isn’t limited to just produce though. You can get homemade bread and baked goods (my favorite option), fresh cut flowers, local honey, natural soaps, grass-fed beef and locally raised pork, fresh eggs, soy candles, local textiles jewelry, pottery – virtually anything to equip your house to be local- farmer-friendly.

Within 2 miles of Inman Farms there are eight small farm growers including peach and apple orchards, and a few farms with locally raised beef and pork, and even a few beekeepers supplying local honey. Bush-N-Vine is a favorite for pick-your-own berries and Bryant’s Peaches offers great fresh seasonal produce April through October. You can walk farm to farm within that two miles and have your fridge stocked with ingredients for the week.

If you are ever in York County be sure to check out this awesome venue any day of the week for the best of fresh local goods, and equip your kitchen, bathroom, and jewelry chests with funky artisan finds.