Columbia farmers market fosters growth for local businesses

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COLUMBIA - The North Village Arts District Farmers and Artisans Market allows local business owners to interact with the community and get needed exposure. 

Sunday, the market was full of Columbia residents discovering both new and established local businesses. 

Taylor Emery, owner of Clay by Tay, loves the opportunity to build a client-base and grow her business. 

"This is a really good way to sell local, and support local artists. I'm new to the town of Columbia so I'm really trying to get my roots and get to know people; And being in the center of downtown is no better place to do that," Emery said.

Even though the past couple of weeks brought some bad weather, Emery said that the temperatures on Sunday definitely made up for it. 

 "More people, more dogs, more babies more fun," Emery said.

Ultimately, the festival has allowed for businesses to not only have more customers, but to support each other as well.  

"I got my lunch from a vendor down there the other day, I had chicken pot pie. And of course I always get breakfast from the biscuit truck," Emery said. "And so I feel we're all friends out supporting each other. So I do my best to try to get around to the other vendors and make friends, and exchange and sell and trade." 

The market is ongoing every Sunday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. until mid-October.