Celebrate Independence Day weekend at the Columbus Farmers’ Market on Saturday, July 6

Celebrate Independence Day weekend at the Columbus Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 6 at 40 Courthouse St. in Columbus.

The market features fresh, locally grown produce such as blueberries, peaches, plums, greens, squashes, tomatoes and beans; homemade quiches, jams and jellies and baked goods; and eggs, pasture-raised meats, North Carolina seafood. Vendors also sell chocolates, canine treats, wooden bowls, pottery, handmade card, succulent gardens and more.

Visitors can sample the cucumber mint water under the market tent and pick up free maps and produce guides. Market shoppers are encouraged to bring reusable shopping bags. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.

On Saturday, July 13, visitors can share a shopping experience at 8:30 a.m. with Chef John Wilson of The Rural Seed as he cruises the market to create a unique dish featuring seasonal and local items. Chef Wilson then will create the dish or dishes on site for market customers to taste at around 9:30 a.m.

Other upcoming events at the Columbus Farmers’ Market include a Canine Training Demo on July 27 presented by the Foothills Humane Society (times are to be announced); a session about Healthy Eating with Polk County Cooperative Extension’s Jimmi Buell on Aug. 3; A Taste of Olives and Grapes sharing about flavor pairings with heart-healthy olive oils and balsamic vinegars from 9 to 11 a.m. on Aug. 10; and an upcoming “Make your own Tomato Sandwich Day.”

The Columbus Farmers’ Market is held from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Nov. 2. Check for updates on Facebook and at the Polk County Farms website. The market also appreciates support from the Polk County Community Foundation.