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Wilmington Island Farmers' Market Attracts Hundreds

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What started out as an idea one year ago, to establish a Farmers' Market on Wilmington Island, is now a reality. Hundreds of locals checked out products made from their neighbors on Saturday.

As shoppers loaded up on fresh veggies, baked goods, and other home made products they never got tired of hearing that it was made in this area.

"I just love supporting local business so the money stays in our community," said Scott West.

Shoppers wanting to buy local is music to seller's ears.

"Just today I mean I sold more than I did last year," said T'SBees Wilmington River Apiary owner, Todd Foster

Business owners said having a Farmers' Market really helps attract new shoppers.

"I hope people see our stuff at the market and get something and like it and they come over to our store," said Salt Artisan owner, Kate Abbis.

The Market Manager for the Wilmington Island Farmers' Market, Debby McIncrow, said while there are a lot of locals selling their wares from baked goods, to honey, to even soap, there's still a lot more room for vendors to join in on the fun.

"We are looking for more farmers who grow vegetables, we are also looking for dairy, we need some package prepared food vendors, and we also need a fish mart," said McIncrow.

Shopper Caroline Bontempo said it was great being able to cut out the middle man and latterly get food from farm to table.

"It's grown locally so there's probably less pesticides, less preservatives. I'm looking for things without hormones, antibiotics, and you get to talk to the people that raise the cattle and vegetables and that's what I like," said Bontempo.

The Wilmington Island Farmers Market will take place every Saturday through December 21st from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  on Waltour Road. McIncrow said there are no pets allowed.

If you want to find out more about the Farmers' Market click here: http://www.wifarmersmarket.org/

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