TD Saturday Market reopened its season on Saturday, June 6, with a new name: TD Essential Market presented by Prisma Health. The season continues this Saturday, October 10, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Additionally, the TD Essential Market will extend its regular season through November 21 and feature three Holiday Edition markets on November 28, December 5, and December 12.
Each week, the market features dozens of vendors offering a variety of essential food items, including fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, meats, cheese and breads. The market will also include a rotation of specialty vendors featuring products such as honey, pasta, grits, granola, canned foods, pressed juices and sauces. Although market crafters were not onsite at the start of this TD Essential Market season, they have now returned.
The entrances and exits for the market are located on McBee Avenue, and to help attendees shop safely, only a limited number of shoppers will be allowed inside the market at a time. There will be handwashing stations provided by Greenville Water at the market entrances and hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the event site.
Shoppers are asked to review the following guidelines before attending the market:
- Stay home if you are sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick
- Make a shopping list using the online list of participating vendors
- Wear a face covering for the safety of others (recommended)
- Watch for physical cues such as tape, cones and signs to maintain social distance
- Shop with your eyes only; vendors will handle items
- Use a credit card or exact change when possible
TD Bank has partnered with the City of Greenville for the TD Bank Bucks program, which was created to support local farmers. Vendors were invited to apply for TD Bank Bucks to fund their market fees for the full season and this year’s recipients are Banana Manna, Split Creek Farm and The Happy Berry.
“TD Bank is extremely proud to continue our partnership with the City of Greenville to support local farmers and vendors with the TD Essential Market,” said Chris Fincher, Regional Vice President for TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank. “This year, more than ever, we are pleased to continue our TD Bank Bucks program to extend a helping-hand to these three deserving vendors. We understand the tremendous impact COVID-19 is having on them, and we are committed to playing our part in the recovery effort.”
Along with providing fresh produce each week, the market will feature a virtual Spuds & Sprouts program presented by Prisma Health. Followers on Facebook @saturdaymarket can tune in each week for educational programs focused on fruits and vegetables and healthy living.
“Prisma Health is pleased to continue our support of the TD Essential Market,” said Jim Agnew, CEO of Prisma Health’s Greenville Memorial and North Greenville campuses. “We have worked closely with the City of Greenville and applaud its efforts to modify the market to ensure the safety of the farmers and our community, while also providing access to fresh healthy food. Healthy eating is a key ingredient to a healthy lifestyle.”
The TD Essential Market welcomes the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. To use an EBT card at the market, shoppers can visit the market tent located at the intersection of Main Street and McBee Avenue.
The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon on Main Street at McBee Avenue. Shoppers can park for free from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the lot next to Grill Marks, courtesy of Soby’s. The Spring Street and Richardson Street garages are also available as options.
For more information about the market, including Lowes Foods Front Porch recipes and a weekly interactive vendor map, visit saturdaymarketlive.com. Market-goers can also follow the event on social media.
Market sponsors include TD Bank, Prisma Health, Lowes Foods, Coffee Underground, Table 301, Penske, Pepsi, Signature Apparel, Greenville Water, WYFF 4 and the Greenville Journal.