Things I See Around Town: Greenville Farmers’ Market

We spent last weekend in Greenville, SC, visiting my daughter and her family. On Saturday morning we went downtown to visit the Farmers’ Market and then have lunch. I was overwhelmed by the enormity, the excitement, and the hordes of people there. The rejuvenation and development of downtown Greenville is a marvelous story in itself, but on Saturdays during the season, three or four blocks in the heart of town are closed to traffic, the vendors set up there wares, and the people of this fine city turn out in droves. I am not aware of any city that gives this type of priority to the vendors in its area. It could well be a model that other cities and towns might want to consider.


Vendors were offering plants, vegetables, fruit, soap, cheese, wood working items, fruit drinks, food, yogurt, and so many other items that you would expect at a Farmers’ Market. A folk group was playing live music, and passers by would stop and listen and even throw a dollar or two in the hat. The biggest impression I carried away from the Market was color–a sea of bright colors in the clothes people were wearing and  goods for sale:

Greenville must also be a city that takes its natural resources seriously. I saw this in a local store, and I think it captures the mood of the city quite well:


I think I know where I will be the next Saturday morning I am in Greenville.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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3 Responses to Things I See Around Town: Greenville Farmers’ Market

  1. FlowerAlley says:

    Well done as usual. Love the eggplant.

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  2. Reblogged this on Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin and commented:
    The revitalization of Greenville, SC. is an inspiration to places like Rocky Mount, NC, the area where we live and I am now writing about My friend, John’s post on the Farmers Market shows how important this asset can be to a community. Here is the link to a post I have written about the RMFM on a separate blog I have launched.

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