Every Thursday in June, The Alley in downtown Aiken will be bursting with stalls and booths from small businesses and vendors across the CSRA.

The Thursday Farmers Market in The Alley takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Vendors will be selling clothes, jewelry, fresh produce and more.

"This is our third or fourth year here," said Oscar Stevens of Stevens' produce. 

Stevens said the market was a "pretty good" event to be a part of. His produce comes mostly from local farms in Saluda County.

Tabitha Gould was looking at buying a custom collar for her dog.

"I always come out here because there's cool stuff like this," Gould said. "I like this collar. It's got a bowtie on it."

Last Thursday the market featured live music entertainment. Shops downtown are also open later this time of year.

"It's a good chance to get the family out," said Jack Brasicks. 

The event is a good chance for first responders to meet the community. During the market, members of the Volunteer Mounted Unit were present at the Laurens Street entrance with their horses.

"We do different events for them (Aiken Department of Public Safety)," said Tammy Hanson, one of the volunteers. "We've been doing this every week, so we'll probably do it throughout the summer."

Thursday Farmers Market in the Alley will be held June 20 and June 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Alley in downtown Aiken. This event is family and dog-friendly. Admission is free.

For more info go to visitaikensc.com or call 803-644-1902.

Kristina Rackley is a general assignment reporter with the Aiken Standard.