By Amy Mercer, Island Eye News Editor
Back by popular demand, the 2017 Farmers’ Market kicks off its second annual season on Thursday, April 6th. This year welcomes new and returning vendors offering delicious vegetables, cheese, baked goods, crafts, art and live music. Town councilmember and Recreation Chair, Sarah Church says she learned a lot after the first year. She worked with Market Manager, Lisa Darrow to streamline the vendor application process.
“This year we will have even more vendors, including additional on-site consumable food and kid activities. Sullivan’s Island is a perfect place for a Farmers’ Market because of it’s strong sense of community. It’s nice to have a gathering place for residents to come together and support our local vendors. Several of our vendors are actually island residents,” says Church.
As stated in an earlier issue of the Island Eye News, the market was the brainchild of local nurseryman Mike Noll and his wife, Joan. In selling plants from their Plant the Earth Nursery at other markets, they wondered why Sullivan’s Island didn’t have one. Collecting over 150 signatures, Noll presented a petition, along with his idea, to the Sullivan’s Island Town Council.
“Our goal is to make the market sustainable with strong community engagement,” says Church.