Gwen Fowler



New farmers market Soda City opens on Columbia's Main Street

Posted 10/12/2012 10:29:00 AM

Columbia’s popular All Local Farmers Market at 701 Whaley Street is moving to Main Street and taking a new name: Soda City Market.

Beginning Oct. 13, the market will be in the 1500 block of Main, and traffic will be closed between Hampton and Taylor streets.

Soda City Market will be open 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Of course, the name Soda City is a play on Columbia’s nickname, Cola.

I have written before about how much I enjoyed a Saturday visit to All Local Farmers Market, which was also open on Wednesday during the summer.

Hopefully, many of the same vendors will be at Soda City. Among the regulars have been Wil-Moore Farms, with free-range poultry and pasture-raised beef and pork; City Roots, an urban, sustainable farm in downtown Columbia; Sea Eagle Market in Beaufort, selling fresh seafood; Anson Mills of Columbia, with Carolina Gold rice, grits, cornmeal and polenta; and Caw Caw Creek with heirloom pastured pork.

It was the owner of Caw Caw Creek, Emile DeFelice, who founded the All Local Farmers Market. The city of Columbia has signed an agreement with DeFelice to operate the market.

The new market marks the first time since the early 1950s that a farmers market has operated in downtown Columbia. According to the S.C. Department of Agriculture, a market was on Assembly Street from about 1860 until 1951, when the market moved to Bluff Road. The S.C. Farmers Market moved to a new site in West Columbia in Fall 2010.