Most all of the local farmers have plenty of fresh, ripe tomatoes this week, along with squash and a little okra.
Next week a fresh crop of peas and butter beans, already shelled, are expected to be ready for the fresh market shopper.
Cheraw’s Farmers Market is open practically year round, but is much busier during the summer.
The market is open three days a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Sometimes the farmers are there earlier, and later, in the day.
According to Ruth Taplin, editor of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics from London University, the farmers market is beneficial to the entire community.
“Farmers markets help maintain important social ties,” said Taplin, “linking rural and urban populations, and even close neighbors in mutually rewarding exchange.”
A local farmers market may also “help create distinction and uniqueness, which can increase pride and encourage visitors to return,” said Taplin.
Some studies indicate as much as 90 percent of the money taken in at a farmers market will remain in the community.
— Reach Staff Writer Karen Kissiah at 843-537-5261.