Wingard’s Market has been helping Midlands residents live large for 50 years. They’re better than ever, and ready to assist.
By Kathy Pettit
Questions for Wally Steinhauser, Wingard’s Market
1. What are some of the interesting trends you are seeing in outdoor living?
For the past few years, the general trend has been to "live outside," in an outdoor room that may feature firepits, outdoor kitchens, container gardens, water features and pergolas. Many of our customers, both on and off Lake Murray, are enjoying an outdoor lifestyle.
2. What are some plants you'd love to see in Midlands gardens?
We enjoy Edgeworthia, which is a Winter-blooming, shade-loving shrub that reaches ~5' tall and wide, and is interesting looking, as it produces fragrant blooms.
3. There are so many types of planters. What do you recommend?
Glazed, colorful ceramic containers are always nice. When blooms are sparse, you can still enjoy the pop of color that the pot provides in your landscape.
4. Tell us about a few of the local products for sale in your market.
Presumably you mean The Produce Market, where we sell in-season SC-grown produce. When it's not in-season here, we get produce from the closest domestic growers where it is in season! We also sell fresh from the ocean, either SC or NC wild shrimp. In addition we sell Adam's Apple Butter, Sylvan's Pork Products, Poppie's Smoked Chicken Salad and Pimento Cheese, JoAnn's Kitchen baked goods, free range chicken eggs and much more. We have an SC map that shows each of our producers and their location.
5. You're celebrating your 50th anniversary. What are a few of your favorite memories?
Way too many...Jut and Margie and their vision of the business, wonderful customers and employees, expanding the business from azaleas to other trees and shrubs, annuals and perennials, a gift shoppe, a fresh produce market and our latest venture, "Wings & Things," for all of the outdoor visitors to your yard!
We host many events and are active supporters of Carolina Wildlife Center and Lexington Interfaith Community Services; each Spring, we host a "Kid's Day" fundraiser for CWC and they bring out their animal "ambassadors" and teach children about wildlife; in the Fall, we host Art in the Garden, as a benefit for LICS.
6. Tell us about the future for Wingard's Market.
We are in our third generation of Wingards operating the business and have been fortunate to grow along with the Lexington area. We plan to continue on and have plans for additional structures and modifications this year and look forward to the future.