Downtown Greenville will welcome back the TD Saturday Market beginning May 1. This weekend’s opening will mark the 19th season for the market that will feature 77 different vendors from May 1-Oct. 30, according to city officials.
At a press conference on Wednesday, April 28, Mayor Knox White told the crowd a little about the history of the market.
“There had been one in the early 20th century down on Court Square, and then for about, I don’t know, 30 or 40 years, there was nothing,” White said. He added that many didn’t think there could be two state-sanctioned markets in a city. However, Greenville had its downtown market approved after approaching the state government at the time.
“I’m happy to say around the state of South Carolina a number of cities have taken the lead from us,” White said.
Officials announced that there will be precautions taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“I’m from four generations of farmers and ranchers. My wife comes from more than that,” said Dr. Wendell James, chief clinical officer at Prisma. James said that while he thought the market was positive for the Greenville community, he believed the precautions were necessary as we continue to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have worked closely with the city of Greenville, and applaud his efforts to modify the market to ensure the safety of the farmers and our community members while providing access to fresh healthy food.”
City officials noted there will be a limited vendor and patron capacity, hand sanitizing stations throughout the market area and face masks will need to be worn. James said that vendors will need to have their temperatures checked.
Each week the market — sponsored by TD Bank, Prisma Health and others — will have 59 vendors, an increase of 15 from last year. Shoppers will be able to choose from a variety of offerings including fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, meats, cheeses, elderberry syrup, pasta as well as arts and crafts.
Shoppers will be required to use the entrances and exits to the market on McBee Avenue. Those who spend at least $5 on an EBT card will receive an extra $10 voucher for fresh fruits and vegetables to be used until the end of the season.
Greenville TD Saturday Market will be open from 8 a.m.-noon on Main Street at McBee Avenue from May 1 until October 30.