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The DORA Farmers' Market returns Tuesday, May 21.

The Downtown Orangeburg Farmers’ Market is scheduled to open for the new season Tuesday, May 21.

The market will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Courthouse Square located directly in front of Williams and Williams law firm in downtown Orangeburg.

The market will be open through Aug. 20 each Tuesday.

The change in location from the market's previous spot near First Baptist Church on the Square is due to the fact the market will celebrate a groundbreaking of its new permanent 6,200-square-foot market and pavilion May 15. Officials hope the permanent market will be open by the fall of this year.

"We are so excited we are going to see the fruition of dreams come true," Market Manager Ali Weathers said about the new market. "We are going to be expanding the market through other times of the year. We are tickled about it."

Until the opening of the permanent market, Weathers said individuals will continue to be able to enjoy the traditional market fare brought to Orangeburg each year.

Individuals can find sweet corn, peanuts, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, squash, zucchini, melons, flowers, peas, beans, potatoes and onions.

"I think the market has been a great service to the Orangeburg area," Weathers said.

The market is primarily a farmer and grower market that also allows for local artisans, crafters and food vendors to participate in an effort to meet the needs of the community.

The Farmers’ Market operates under the direction of the Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association.

Any parties interested in becoming a vendor should contact Market Manager Ali Weathers at ali.weathers@orangeburg.sc.us. Information can also be obtained by going to https://downtownorangeburg.com/events/.

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Staff Writer

Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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