Claflin University hosted its grand opening of its Fresh Farmers Market on Thursday, May 23, outside of the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex. The Farmers Market will operate every Thursday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. beginning June 13 until November 21 (excluding holidays).
"We are excited about providing this opportunity to the community," said Tijuana Hudson, vice president for fiscal affairs who is leading this University initiative. "This was a major consideration during our discussion to expand the Jonas T. Kennedy facility.
"The University is serious about promoting and enhancing healthy lifestyles and wellness to our students, faculty and staff as well as our Orangeburg neighbors. The University feels it is the right thing and right time to do it."
The farmers market will be open to the public and provide an abundance of healthy food options. Buyers will be able to purchase various fruits and vegetables, including sweet potatoes, watermelon, cabbage, collard greens, string beans and tomatoes. Herbs and flowers also will be available.
Hudson said the farmers market will be held weekly throughout the summer.
The expansion of Jonas T. Kennedy became a reality with funding support from Orangeburg County Council and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
"This will be a tremendous help for our local farmers," Hudson said. "Claflin is delighted to provide this resource for them."
Hudson said the farmers market is sponsored by Panther Health Partners and USDA.
For more information, contact Tijuana Hudson at (803) 535-5197 or Frances Koon at (803) 463-8872.