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Farmers markets to begin at close of May

Farmers market season is slated to begin later this month, offering Abbeville County residents the joys of fresh produce.

The Calhoun Falls Farmers Market will begin on May 27, and will be held in Calhoun Falls on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to Wilder Ferreira, who has said he will be managing the Calhoun Falls market.

Ferreira is a Clemson Extension educator who is also the director of the Freshwater Coast Center for Rural Development, which has been established through the Freshwater Coast Community Foundation, whose aims include enhancing the entrepreneurial spirit here in Abbeville County.

The Abbeville Farmers Market will begin on May 28, and will be held on Fridays from 7 a.m. to noon at the Livery Stable in downtown Abbeville.

The Clemson Extension educator, who is also the director of the Freshwater Coast Center for Rural Development, recently provided a report on some of the things with which he has been involved.

The City of Abbeville manages its farmers market, Ferreira has said.

Both markets are expected to end around the end of September, Ferreira said.

Vouchers available for seniors

Vouchers are available for senior citizens wanting to get fresh produce at the markets.

Local senior citizens applying for farmers market vouchers may contact the United Way Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through June 1, according to Abbeville Senior Center site manager Rhonda Arnold.

United Way may be reached at 229-4103.

The Abbeville Senior Center, also known as the Center Street Café, will assist with the online applications on Tuesday only by phone, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Senior Center may be reached at 366-9666, or 366-9667.

The Abbeville County library will be helping seniors apply, too! The library will take calls to do the applications over the phone and can help seniors use their computers.

The library can be reached at 459-4009.

Arnold also suggested a website which would provide more information:

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