Farmers Market wants public feedback | News | The Press and Standard

by | February 5, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: February 3, 2016 at 2:08 pm

By GEORGE SALSBERRY
gsalsberry@lowcountry.com
The Colleton Museum and Farmers Market is looking for some feedback.
The farmers market, which has operated out of the museum complex for the past four years, has teamed with the newest facet of the museum complex, the Colleton Commercial Kitchen, to develop a survey to gather local comments about the operation of the farmers market and suggestions on how to better serve the market’s customers and expand the ties between the market and commercial kitchen.
Farmers Market Manager Ted Chewning said those interested in providing the information can take a short on-line survey at https:www.surveymonkey.com/r/3TV5QMM. He added that paper copies of the nine-question survey will be available at the museum-farmers market complex on East Washington Street.
Chewning said, “We are looking for feedback, comments on the services and products offered at the farmers market. We would like to do more for the community. We want to make sure we are meeting our mandate.”
With the addition of the commercial kitchen, Chewning said, the farmers market “would like to become more of a foodie place”: a location where farmers market customers could find local sources for regular fruits and vegetables as well as some of the more unusual crops — things like Asian vegetables, that aren’t normally found at the grocery store.
They would also like to see, through the facilities of the commercial kitchen, more prepared foods available for sale at the farmers market.
Colleton County Museum and Farmers Market Director Gary Brightwell said it was a coincidence that the survey was announced a few days after the museum and farmers market complex was named as one of 27 operations nation-wide that have been selected for the federal initiative Local Food, Local Places.
Although the survey and the initiative are not linked, Brightwell pointed out that the information gleaned from the survey will be used by the local task force being established to work with federal consultants to develop ways to build partnerships to grow markets for local food.
Chewning said that the farmers market will collect the survey responses through mid-March when the annual meeting with the market’s vendors will be held.
The kick-off of the 2016 farmers market season will follow sometime after the annual meeting, but the exact date will be dependent on how the weather affects the growing season.

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