Local farms around the county have an array of selections to choose from.
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Bring local produce straight to your home while supporting Lexington County based-farms and businesses. Spring is officially in the air and if growing a garden isn’t your forte, there are experienced farmers to provide fresh staples at the dinner table.
Local farms around the county have an array of selections to choose from, including community supported agriculture (CSA), roadside stands or produce baskets. While roadside stands and produce containers allow consumers to buy what they want when it’s available, CSAs allow consumers to buy memberships which benefits the agricultural community as a whole.
When it comes to purchasing CSA memberships, consumers should know that their baskets or boxes may vary but in turn they are supporting their local farms, according to the state’s agriculture website.
According to South Carolina’s agriculture department, there are seven roadside markets and three farmers markets within Lexington County. CSAs can be found through localharvest.org.
However, in Lexington County CSAs have decreased. On the Local Harvest website, which is supported by the state’s agriculture department, the Lexington area farms who claimed to have CSAs either stopped or were unable to be reached via phone.
Those farms that were reachable via phone either deliver their products to other stores or businesses or have people pick them up from the farm or have some sort of roadside stand. Cindy Hall with Utopia Farm, LLC, runs the farm with her husband, Ray. The Leesville-based farm doesn’t do CSAs or go to markets this year, but people can swing by their farm, preferably with an appointment.
Ben Stabler operates Stabler Farms out of Gaston. His farm doesn’t offer produce but instead offers grass-fed beef, chicken and non-GMO eggs. He doesn’t offer memberships, but people can pick up from the farm’s family wagon. His farm also delivers to 14 Carrot and Wingard’s Market in Lexington.
There are advantages for farmers and consumers alike in supporting local farms. Consumers know that they are receiving local produce and helping the farms in their community. CSAs can offer farms early and guaranteed payment; however, it seems farms around the area do not want to or cannot provide the supply needed.
There are other farms in surrounding counties who provide CSAs and can deliver or have pick up available.
Below is a sure-to-be incomplete list of farms and markets providing local produce. There are markets like Wingard’s that sell produce from local growers.
Stabler Family Farms294 Kaiser Rd., Gaston(803) 513-4886, stablerfamilyfarms.com
Round River Farms258 Riddle Rd., Leesville(803) 532-0557, facebook.com/roundriverfarms
Utopia Farms1108 Union Church Rd., Leesville(803) 727-6947
Clayton Rawl FarmsHwy. 1/Calks Ferry Rd. (roadside stand)Lexington, (803) 359-4415
Senn Brothers Produce327 Wholesale Ln., West Columbia(803) 252-8723, sennbrothers.com
Cottle Strawberry Farm1835 1/2 Sunset Blvd. (roadside stand), West Columbia(803) 695-1714, cottlestrawberryfarm.com
Wingard’s Market1403 N. Lake Dr., Lexington(803) 359-9091, wingardsmarket.com
Cayce Farmer’s Market2329 Charleston Hwy., Cayce(803) 791-1009
Heritage Fields Farm10259 Broad River Rd., Irmo(803) 764-7280, heritagefieldsfarm.com
The Market at Icehouse107 West Main St., Lexington(803) 358-7275, lexsc.com/307/The-Market-at-Icehouse
South Carolina State Farmers Market3483 Charleston Hwy., West Columbia(803) 737-4664, scstatefarmersmarket.com
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