Three years ago, Adelaide Bates began a journey she knew hardly anything about. What she did know, however, is the word no would not stop her from realizing a dream.
So, she planted seeds. Many calls and messages were made and sent out to farmers and other vendors in the area. She knew they farmed, had produce, sold goods. She wanted help in growing her dream into reality.
Maybe it was more of a continuance of tradition. Or, it might be a generational torch passing that she could facilitate between the elders of agriculture and other businesses in and around McClellanville, South Carolina. And, it might be something where locals can gather to buy and sell goods to support their economy.
Addie, as she is known by the locals, not only cultivated those concepts with her McClellanville Land & Sea Market, she's made it known it's more the community's market than belonging to one individual.
And now, the dream has blossomed. Three years strong and going.
Here's some backstory.
McClellanville is a rural fishing village situated in an area lacking a food access point, so in the summer of 2017 the Land & Sea Market launched to provide locals with a point to buy the fresh food already being cultivated around them. Our market is now much more then just farmers market for locals. This community gathering hub has since transformed into a place for folks to reconnect with the village roots of supporting their neighbors and sustaining off our areas offerings.
Addie is in her second year at the College of Charleston where she helps food security and sustainability efforts on campus as well as helping to coordinate the CofC Farmers Market during its first year. You can find her with all of the market family members every Saturday, likely taking pictures or chatting with the market goers!