FAIRFIELD COUNTY — The Dog Days of summer approach, but in Fairfield County, they’ll also be the egg, herb, oil and produce days, especially at the Fairfield County Farmers Market, where business has been booming.
“The market is up and going,” said Ernest Manning, manager for Fairfield County Farmer’s Market. “We’re looking pretty good.”
Manning noted that the beginning of the school year doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the market’s season.
“We’re probably going to keep going to the end of September,” Manning said.
The goods available Saturday included herbs grown by Addell Pauling, eggs laid at Ee-oh-lay Farm, produce grown at Celtic Lane Farm and oils sold by Julie Rambo, who was joined by Maddy, Rachael, Alex and Jacob Rambo.
“The kids are selling shapes and bracelets,” Rambo said. “I sell oils that are therapeutic.”
Rambo, who suffers from chronic Lyme disease, said the oils help her to be pain free, and she decided others could benefit from the oils.
“They’ve helped us in a lot of ways,” Rambo said. “Why not share something that works?”
Pauling is similarly motivated by helping her clients including researching, then providing sodium-free seasonings and peddling organic bug spray.
“I made organic spray using things like hot sauce and garlic,” Pauling said.
Pauling said Saturday’s crowd included new customers and repeat shoppers.
“It’s good to get feedback,” Pauling said
Shirley Solembrino was a first-time costumer at Fairfield County Farmer’s Market, and was smitten by the Ee-oh-lay Farm eggs.
“Look at the eggs,” Solembrino cooed. “They’re so pretty.”
Solembrino said she was happy with her purchase and planned to visit the market again.
“This is my first time ever coming, and it won’t be my last,” Solembrino said.
Danny Kingsmore, owner of Celtic Lane Farm, touted new, fresh produce, including white tomatoes, white cucumbers and lemon squash.
Kingsmore said white tomatoes are something of a rarity.
“They call it the Great White,” Kingsmore said. “It’s a low-acid tomato.”
Kingsmore said size is the distinguishing characteristic of a lemon squash.
“It’s just the size,” Kingsmore said. “They taste about the same.”
Fairfield County Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. More information about the market can be found online at https://agriculture.sc.gov/farmers-markets/fairfield-farmers-market/.
“We’re growing, and we want people to keep supporting us,” Manning said.
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