What is the Waccamaw Market Cooperative?
The Waccamaw Market Cooperative (WMC) is an incorporated 501c3 nonprofit organization responsible for coordinating and managing community based farmer’s markets throughout Horry and Georgetown Counties. Under the guidance of the Clemson Cooperative Extension, WMC has grown to include regional network of markets sponsored in partnership with public and private organizations throughout the region. The resulting structured market network ensures that virtually all communities in the Waccamaw Region benefit from access to fresh fruits and vegetables that farmer’s markets offer.

Public markets are not just places of commerce. Successful markets help grow and connect urban and rural economies. They encourage development, enhance real estate values and the tax base, and keep money in the local neighborhood. Public markets also offer low-risk business opportunities for vendors and feed money back into the rural economy where many vendors grow, raise and produce their products.

The spin-off benefits of markets are numerous. From increasing access to fresh, healthy food to providing important revenue streams, markets positively impact local businesses, governments and residents. But, perhaps most important is the way markets serve as public gathering places for people from different ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic communities. As one of the few places where people comfortably gather and meet, markets are our neighborhoods’ original civic centers.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Samantha Tipton (Executive Director)

Glenn Tyler
Southern Crest Apiaries

Lib Johnson
Johnson Farms

Paul Lawson
Lawson Law, LLC

Patrick Elvis
Carolina Shores Apiaries

Johnny Graham
J&J Farms

Jamie Daskalis (President)
Johnny Ds Waffles

Troy Jones (Vice President)
Coldwell Banker Chicora

Katie Price (Secretary)
WK Price Farm

Miracle Rabon
Home Sweet Farm

Marion Calder
Horry County Museum

Patrick Elvis
Carolina Shores Apiaries

Judy Danford
Mountain Man Honey

Nemo Munoz
M&M Farms

Darel Watts
Sugarfoot Farms

Hillary Howard
Downtown Conway Alive

Laura Browning
Bolla Botanicals