Del Webb brings farmers’ market to other side of town

  • Friday, May 2, 2014

Another farmers’ market has sprouted up in Summerville – this time across the interstate.

Del Webb at Cane Bay Plantation hosted its inaugural Del Webb Farmers’ Market Friday, April 25. The market is being held in the subdivision’s tennis courts parking lot every Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The event is open to the public and will continue every week until December 19. “We had quite a good turnout for the first week,” said Gail Richvalsky, Del Webb lifestyle director.

Richvalsky began thinking about bringing a market to the adults-only neighborhood last year after visiting a sister community on market day. “I saw how convenient it was for everybody to walk home instead of driving the car,” she said. Considering the hassle of driving across town – “Personally I can never get out there [to the Town Hall Farmers’ Market] on Saturday morning” – Richvalsky said she knew the market would be a hit.

Many Del Webb residents, as well as those who live in neighboring communities, flocked to the market during its debut.

So far 20 vendors have registered for the season, but the venue can accommodate up to 57 vendor spaces. Marketgoers may recognize many of the vendors from the Town Hall market.

There are a variety of items for sale, including seafood, meat and eggs, fresh dairy products, bakery items, coffee, plants and, of course, farmers selling their fresh fruits and vegetables.

Similar to the Town Hall event, the Farmers’ Market is economical for vendors to participate: Booth rentals cost $5 per day, and are available at a discounted rate if purchased for the entire season.

Brad Mallett, the owner of vendor Coastal Coffee Roasters, said he was pleased with the first day and thinks the market is poised for growth.

“It really looks like they had a good buy-in,” Mallett said. “It’s wide open, and I think it’s going to grow with time. …For the opportunity that’s available, and with more and more who know it’s there, it’s going to be a well-received market.”

Richvalsky agreed the Del Webb market got a good start, and hopes it’s beginning is representative of how the event will continue. “We’re hoping that it will be successful and that we can do it every year. Maybe we will be able to expand it! But for right now we’re just waiting to see what happens.”

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