Gwen Fowler



All-Local Farmers Market is a great Saturday morning excursion

Posted 7/14/2011 6:48:00 PM

Visiting the All-Local Farmers Market in Columbia is a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

On a long porch, people settled to eat their breakfast or snacks. Kristian Niemi, chef/owner of Gervais & Vine and Rosso Trattoria Italia, is there every week to serve breakfast. When I visited July 9, his menu included a breakfast strata with onions, peppers, mushrooms and goat cheese that looked delicious. His farm breakfast includes Anson Mill grits, eggs from Wil-Moore farms of Lugoff; milk from Happy Cow Dairy in Pelzer; and sausage from Caw Caw Creek.

Café 1201 was selling muffins, biscuits and other pastries.

About 30 vendors were set up inside and outside 711 Whaley St., and they offered quite a variety.

Catherine Gusmer of Windy Hill Orchard in York said she and her husband, Fritz Gusmer, like the market so much that they make the 90-mile trip every Saturday. They were selling apple and peach butter, cider and blueberry pies. He was busy frying strawberry and blueberry doughnuts and then dusting them with sugar. These doughnuts alone are worth a visit to the market.

Liz McCullar of Sandy Run was selling her Gourmet Magic dip and soup mixes, as well as prepared chicken salad, broccoli salad, potato salad, pimento cheese and quiche.

Floral & Hardy Farm in Lexington was selling cut flowers; Oak Grove Farms of Gaston was selling blueberries; Sea Eagle of Beaufort was selling shrimp and other seafood; City Roots of Columbia was selling microgreens and other vegetables; and Shady Grove Farm of Richland County had leeks, onions, garlic, tomatoes, potatoes and more.

Some vendors offer coupons each week, and the lineup changes. You can follow the market on facebook or sign up for its e-newsletter to find out details.