New market manager preparing for season | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | March 31, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: March 29, 2017 at 10:17 am
Robin Gunter switches roles when the Colleton Farmers Market opens for the season on May 12.
In previous market seasons, Gunter and her husband have been among the vendors selling produce at the market. This year, Gunter will be the new farmers market manager.
After Ted Chewning retired as the market manager, Gunter, who is from Branchville, was hired to lead the market.
She was raised on a large farm in South Carolina, and after high school earned her associate’s degree and spent some 30 years working in the business and medical field.
After moving to her husband’s hometown of Branchville, she decided to go back to her farming roots and started a home business, Darbin Dirt Dabblers, growing, processing and selling produce. She and her husband wanted to grow vegetables that were healthy and locally grown.
The Colleton Farmers Market welcomed her as a vendor, and she quickly bonded with the local farming community. She has learned techniques from seasoned farmers at the market and built many friendships. Her goal is to make vendors and customers alike look forward to coming to the market and to see it as a hub of friendly activity.
Gary Brightwell, director of the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market, said, “We are so lucky to have Robin. She is knowledgeable, loves farming, and arrives with great enthusiasm for the job and the market. I know she will make a fantastic manager.”
The market is located at 506 E. Washington Street. The hours will be 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Tuesday.
Gunter has retained the farmers and crafters who have used the market since its opening in 2011 and is also looking for new vendors. Farmers with crops to sell who are interested in setting up shop at the market can contact Gunter at the market at 843-549-2303 and/or download a vendor form from the website: www.colletonmuseum.org. The yearly set-up fee is $15 and $5 per visit to the market.
The market also invites heritage crafters to sell their wares at the market and the same steps for set-up apply as for farmers.
The opening market on May 13 will have local produce, crafts, children’s activities and live music.