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The Neighborhood Markets bring local to the locals

Five Forks Elderberry Owner Kendall Faust has always loved a good market. But as larger festivals and farmers markets fell by the wayside during this year’s coronavirus pandemic, she found a way to take her products and more to the people with The Neighborhood Markets.

This year, Faust will stage markets in 60 neighborhoods across the Upstate. Each market features vendors, a food truck and live music. Billed as “bringing local to the locals,” The Neighborhood Markets have been a lifeline for local makers, musicians and small business owners who depend on events to keep their businesses afloat.

“The Neighborhood Markets give area residents the experience of shopping local without having to leave their neighborhood,” Faust said. “They have been a real lifesaver for businesses like mine that have had to deal with the cancellation of larger festivals, craft shows and farmers markets.”

Pulling from a list of more than 400 participating vendors and 40 food trucks, each market offers a unique experience that sometimes includes activities such as outdoor yoga. A Neighborhood Market being held at Barefoot Acres in Fountain Inn for Small Business Saturday on November 28 will feature racing zip lines, tree ropes adventures and a bonfire.

Vendors include those that typically participate in Greenville Saturday Market, Travelers Rest Farmers Market, Hub City Farmers Market in Spartanburg, Simpsonville Farmers Market, and markets in Fountain Inn, Greer and West Asheville.

Individual neighborhoods determine the location of the market, according to Faust, with most choosing a pool or recreation area. Markets are free, with something for the entire family to enjoy.

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To view the list of The Neighborhood Markets vendors, stay up-to-date on upcoming markets or schedule a market for your neighborhood, visit TheNeighborhoodMarkets.com or follow The Neighborhood Markets on Facebook.

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