Gwen Fowler



Farmers market stands get an update

Posted 7/10/2010 4:07:00 PM

Some farmers around the state are selling their produce in nice new stands, thanks to the Certified South Carolina Produce Stand Program.

J.P. Truesdale of Hemingway is one of them. He and his wife own Truesdale Farm and Cattle.

He’s been in his new stand on Broad Street about seven weeks now. He was hoping to have at least 10 to 20 shoppers each weekend, but he said he has had more than 3,000 on his first seven weekends.

The program is a partnership of the S.C. Department of Agriculture, the S.C. Department of Commerce and the S.C. Department of Corrections. The agriculture department buys the materials to build the stand, and inmates build it.

Truesdale leases his stand from the Department of Agriculture.

On a recent Friday, he had a fresh crop of peanuts boiling, along with peaches, blueberries, watermelons, okra, corn, onions and more produce. Most of the produce comes from his farm or from farms in the surrounding areas.