By CHERISH GRIMM
The Columbia Farmer’s Market has moved to warmer temperatures for the winter.
Rock Bridge Christian Church is the market’s new winter home. Previously, the winter market was at the ARC parking lot. Due to the harsh winter conditions and lack of participating vendors, the winter market was held three Saturdays in the late fall and winter months. The new indoor location has allowed the market to run regularly all year round.
This year was the 30th year for the Columbia Farmer’s Market. Market manager, Caroline Todd, said the progress and growth of the farmers market in Columbia is because of the continuing support the community has for the market.
“We really appreciate the city of Columbia for supporting local food,” Todd said. “This community has kept the market alive for 30 years which is amazing because most places have only had a market for five or less.”
This is the second year the market has been open in December. About 15 vendors participate in the winter market.
Some of the items available at the winter market include carrots, turnips, head lettuce, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, herbs, baked goods, eggs, ice cream, honey, pork, beef, and even goat and emu meat.
“It’s great to be inside. It’s so nice to have so much good stuff available but be warm at the same time,” she said. “We all just stand around and look outside and say glad we aren’t out there.”
The winter market is open every Saturday through March, with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s, at Rock Bridge Christian Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..
EBT is accepted at the market and gift certificates are available by calling Caroline Todd at 823-6889.