This Month at the Market: May 2017

by Lacey Eibert Keigley

It’s no exaggeration to say that the Travelers Rest Farmers Market is award winning and trend setting.  Each Saturday morning (from 8:30 to noon) at Trailblazer Park you can find a plethora of folks selling and buying local produce, crafts, meats, food, pottery and so much more.  You can listen to bands, do group yoga, sample pralines and coffee, buy a popsicle, let your kids make a craft and meander through the tents and the vendors to fill your grocery bags and your stomachs with all things local and delicious and interesting.

We are thankful to be a market sponsor this year.  At the beginning of each month, tune in here to find out what’s in season and who’s on stage and what food truck will satisfy your hunger.  Come back often and stay informed.  We’re happy to help.


What’s In Season

Take advantage of what is growing right now for the freshest options.  And – stock up.  The freezer can be your best friend.  Store the extras in their freshest state.  Trust us, come January when you’re feasting on corn on the cob, you’ll be thanking us.  Or better yet – invite us over for dinner to share the bounty.  We’ll bring the jam.

Strawberries (Look at our recipe ideas here!)


May’s Vendor Spotlight

Each month we will highlight one of the vendors from the Farmers Market.  This gives you a chance to know a little more about the person selling their wares behind the table.  When you see this month’s vendor as you make your way through the market, be sure to tell them hello and tell them you read about them here.

Once upon a time Julie Maddox taught school at Northwest Middle.  Her youngest son, Benji, attended Northwest Middle and then moved on to Travelers Rest High School where he ran track and played soccer.  When Benji was only three years old, he was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes.  Over the years Julie looked for healthy options to provide quick and convenient snacks for Benji that would allow him to sustain exercise but not cause a spike in his blood sugar.  Eventually, through trial and error and progress, Benji Bars were born.  (You can read more about this interesting journey on the Benji Bars website.)



Beni Bars are new this year to the TR Market.  “I have a special place in my heart for TR,” Julie shares.  “I also have family that work in law enforcement elsewhere.  For Christmas this year I decided to give Benji Bars to the TR police department.”  We love that sort of affection for our town.  

Benji Bars are made with honey and almonds and are high in protein.  There are only seven ingredients in the bars and Julie says they also taste great sliced in a bowl with fruit and milk – a Benji Bar cereal, basically.  Julie’s slogan, and the Benji Bar mission, is Make It Better.   We think that’s a pretty great slogan for all us, actually.

Welcome to the Market, Julie and Benji Bars.  We can’t wait to pack a few Benji Bars on our next bike ride down the Swamp Rabbit Trail.


May’s Market Schedule


May 6th: Opening Day!  Plant Sale

The first week has over 70 vendors in attendance!

Market Music – Twin Courage

Market Talks – K180 gym will be discussing ways to implement exercise and nutrition this summer.

Market Kids – Showcasing Jeff Cox’s very own wooden bubble machine

Food Trucks – Streatery, Lazy Farmer, Chill Wagon, Table Rock Tea


May 13

Market Music – Bob & Amy

Food Trucks – Scottie Dog, Chill Wagon

Market Kids – Craft activities


May 20: Partnership with Mountains to Main Street Triathlon

We will be sharing the park with the Mountains to Main Street Triathlon and race groups on this day. We will take advantage of it by gearing our market towards the runners of the 13.1 and the spectators who will be bussing in from 10am.

Market Music – sponsored by fete Greenville

Food Trucks – Chill Wagon, Gravy Train


May 27

Market Music – Noel Riddle

Food Trucks – Gravy Train, Resident Dogs, Chill Wagon

Market Kids – activity tent



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