State Farmers Markets
South Carolina State Farmers Market
3483 Charleston Hwy.
W. Columbia, SC 29172
The primary goal of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture is to effectively serve the farmers of our state by creating opportunities for success. At the same time, the Department is responsible for making efficient use of state resources. The New South Carolina State Farmers Market is designed to accomplish these two goals. The new market, a private-public partnership of 321 Lexington Associates and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, is now open for business!
Farmers Sheds and Administration Building
The farmers sheds and administration building are owned and operated by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. The new sheds provide an environment for South Carolina farmers to rent space on a daily or seasonal basis in order to offer their produce and products.
SC State Farmers Market Plant and Flower Vendors
Laboratory and Consumer Services Facility
The Department’s Laboratory and Consumer Services moved from Williams Street in Columbia to a new facility at the new market and is now fully operational and open for business. The facility houses the programs and services offered for consumers in addition to five laboratories for testing and analysis of food, feed, seed, petroleum, and pesticide residue.
The T. Ashton Phillips Market Center
The Phillips Market Center, named for T. Ashton Phillips, serves as a venue for meetings, workshops, and other public and private events. The Center is equipped with up-to-date technology for effective presentations including high speed wireless Internet access as well as a broad range of audiovisual equipment. The Phillips Market Center’s spacious auditorium, full commercial kitchen with training area, executive board room and covered patio provide a functional venue for groups of 10 to 250. The full service Chef’s Kitchen is equipped with commercial appliances for catering and serving small luncheons to large multi-course dinners. The kitchen is also equipped with audiovisual technology and seating to serve as a culinary training center for the Department of Education’s foodservice personnel in safe food handling and preparation. The Center also is home to the USDA SC Market News and Grading and Inspection Services. The Phillips Market Center offers ample free parking and is fully accessible and ADA compliant.
Privately-Owned Facilities at the SC State Farmers Market Privately-owned wholesale companies have also constructed new facilities at the new market site and have moved into their state-of-the-art facilities. Other wholesale and retail facilities are under construction and are expected to open in phases. The inclusion of an exhibition kitchen, a specialty foods shop, a dedicated children's play area, school bus drop off area, RV Park, on-site restaurants and a 400-seat amphitheater will also provide additional amenities within the market.
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6 AM - 9 PM, Monday – Saturday & 1 PM - 6 PM, Sunday
Admission and parking are free.
State Farmers Markets Director
The Greenville State Farmers Market includes a 14,400 square foot retail sales building and a 10,000 square foot drive-through farmer-trucker shed that have been added to the facility since the Department of Agriculture’s acquisition of the market. Both quality and variety are standards for the volume of products offered for sale at the Greenville State Farmers Market. Market operations continue daily, all year long, ceasing for only two holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. At any other time wholesale activities begin during early morning hours and last through mid afternoon, seven days a week
8 AM - 6 PM, Monday – Saturday
Admission and parking are free.
Situated on fifty-five acres of once rural farmland, the Pee Dee Market, located on US Highway 52 (between Florence and Darlington) is convenient to Interstates I-95 and I-20. Open year round, the Market showcases some of the state's freshest and finest produce but it has also become a prime location for the ornamental horticulture and floriculture industry. The Pee Dee Market is a destination stop on the way to Myrtle Beach and for travelers north and south along the eastern seaboard. But, more than that, homeowners are taking pride in their home’s appearance and the demand for plants and flowers as well as lawn and garden products has grown.