Farmer's Market West Columbia SC

Local resource for farmer’s market in West Columbia. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to local produce and organic food, as well as advice and content on healthy eating.

Riverbanks Garden Farmers Market
(803) 978-1131
Riverbanks Botanical Garden Parking Lot; 1300 Botanical Parkway
West Columbia, SC
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
April-October Wednesday, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
County
Lexington

All-Local Farmers Market 1
Gervais & Vine Patio in the Vista
Columbia, SC
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
2nd & 4th Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
County
Richland

Whaley Street United Methodist Church Farmers Market
(803) 799-4104
517 Whaley Street
Columbia, SC
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
County
Richland

Ebenezer Lutheran Church Farmers Market
803-765-9430 or 803-782-3840
1301 Richland Street
Columbia, SC
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
County
Richland

Washington Street United Church Farmers Market
(803) 256-2417 or (803) 782-3840
1401 Bull Street
Columbia, SC
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
County
Richland

Brookland Baptist Church Farmers Market
(803) 463-1588
1066 Sunset Boulevard
West Columbia, SC
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
April-November Saturday, 11 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
County
Lexington

Columbia State Farmers Market
(803) 734-2506
Southeastern Regional Market Terminal; 1001 Bluff Road
Columbia, SC
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : Yes
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
Monday- Saturday, 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
County
Richland

Trinity Episcopal Church Farmers Market
(803) 771-7300 or (803) 782-3840
1100 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Sunday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
County
Richland

Main Street Marketplace
(803) 779-4005
Corner of Hampton Street & Main Street
Columbia, SC
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-June Friday, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
County
Richland

Wesley Memorial United Church Farmers Market
(803) 771-4540 or (803) 782-3840
2501 Heyward Street
Columbia, SC
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
County
Richland

Agriculture Shock

The simple act of planting a seed and watching it grow has degraded
into bizarre synthetic agriculture based on chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
More disturbing still are the so-called genetically modified “Frankenfoods” that
further distance fruits and vegetables from nature. But most distressing of all,
chemical agriculture’s crops may contain significantly less nutrition than you think.

By Eric Schneider

November 2007

 When thinking of agriculture, it’s easy to imagine the scene of a farmer in a sunlit field or Johnny Appleseed planting a future orchard. However romantic, these notions touch on the inherent simplicity of farming, which—at its most basic—involves people working with nature to produce food beyond their immediate needs. What doesn’t come to mind are planes dropping clouds of chemicals on an expanse of crops or scientists working to modify plant genes. But, increasingly, these are common aspects of modern agriculture.

 Natural farming methods served the world well for thousands of years. But while the Industrial Revolution brought about exponential innovation and vastly greater yields, in the last half of the 20th century even these strides seemed insufficient in the face of surging population and an insatiable desire for productivity above all else. This quest for ever-higher yields initially focused on deterring crop-eating animals and insects, ultimately leading to many decidedly non-organic tactics.

The elder statesmen of unnatural agricultural practices, chemical pesticides came into prominence during the 1940s. Though pesticides were generally quite effective in exterminating harmful insects, it was discovered that they also left behind compounds that poisoned the environment. This issue was publicly exposed in writer/biologist Rachel Carson’s renowned 1962 book, Silent Spring, which led to the widespread banning of the synthetic DDT and essentially jump-started the environmental movement. But pesticide use has continued (and even increased) since that time, resulting in depletion of nutrients in the soil—which, in turn, means less nutrients in crops—as well as chemical residues that remain in produce. While the Environ­mental Protection Agency (EPA) sets limits on pesticides, the trace amounts allowed in many foods can still be linked directly to illnesses such as cancer and Parkinson’s disease. In a 2005 report published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a disturbing 73% of fresh fruit and vegetables tested showed detectable pesticide residues.

Frankenfood Future?
    Concern about pesticides not only brought about increased environmental awareness, it prompted a shift towards organic food, particularly in recent years. Generally overlapping with this period, however, has been the rise of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the result of scientists altering the structure of plants to obtain a specific immunity or trait rather than ach...

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