Posted by Ryan Morgan on January 15, 2014 at 11:45 AM
Tell Them‘s January social media campaign asks organizations, programs, and businesses in South Carolina, “What are you doing in 2014 to encourage healthier youth in SC?
By: Emile DeFelice, founder of Soda City Market
2014 will be an exciting year for Soda City Market as we continue to contribute to the health and well-being of our community—brain, body, belly!
We are branching out into different parts of the community in addition to expanding our offerings and our size (the market itself is expanding to two blocks on Main Street).
Some of the outreach programs that we’re excited about this year include the Arc of the Midlands
, an organization that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in many ways. We are partnering with them to educate folks on cooking good food and understanding how they can better their own situations in terms of encouraging a healthy relationship with food.
Perhaps our most cherished ongoing relationship at the market is with kids. This began with my own children nine years ago when they started working at the market doing small things, making little sales, interacting with adults, and handling money. Since then we have probably had 10 or 12 kids every market doing something—like a nine-year-old girl who plays the violin in the middle the street with an open case for money or the young lady who paints dog portraits for a dollar. And then there are other children who run stands with and for their parents or who have even started their own businesses.
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2nd graders from Leaphart Elementary School selling plants and flowers from their school's garden and greenhouse.[/caption]
Join us at the market to see these young people in action and support the overall health of our community. We’re open every Saturday rain (in the City Center garage at 1227 Taylor St) or shine (1400-1500 blocks of Main St) from 9am-1pm.
Emile DeFelice is the founder of the Soda City Market, a street market featuring farmers, artisans, local retailers, collectors, produce, ethnic foods and grocery, baked goods, and ready-to-eat food. For more details visit Soda City’s Facebook page.