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Try One of Our Farmer’s Markets!

Posted By: Brad Thompson In: Farmers Markets
Date: Tue, Aug 1st 2017 1:39 pm

One of the greatest things to happen during the summer are the farmer’s markets, and whether you live in Sweetgrass or just about anywhere else in the Lowcountry, there is more than likely a farmer’s market offering the best local produce and food products nearby. At a time when local, healthy food is more than just a trend, these farmer’s markets are a must stop for residents of the Lowcountry.

The Charleston Farmer’s Market, located in Marion Square downtown on Saturday’s from 8 am to 2 pm, is probably the best known in the area. It began this year on April 8th and will run through November 25th, offering everything from fresh-made pastas and local produce, to artisanal food and jewelry products. It is also an excellent place to eat fairly cheaply on the weekends, due to the many food vendors set up to feed hungry visitors. A must-stop for sure, however, there are plenty of others off the Peninsula which may offer a slightly lower profile experience.

The Mount Pleasant Farmer’s Market, which also began in April but only runs through September, is an excellent example of a less frenetic market. Open from 3:30 pm to 7 pm, they also offer an excellent selection of local produce and meat, along with entertainment and shopping, however, due to their large location and being off the Peninsula, the atmosphere is decidedly more laid back in comparison to downtown. On that note, if you’re looking to have a good time on the weekend while still having the opportunity to buy local products (however limited), look no further than the Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market on James Island. This market runs from 11 pm to 3 pm on Sundays behind the Charleston Pour House on Maybank Highway. Not only are there plenty of food and arts vendors to choose from, but the deck of the Pour House is open for Bloody Mary’s!

I will include a list of markets at the bottom of this blog, but just to round out the Lowcountry and show how widespread these markets are, I thought I’d mention the West Ashley Farmer’s Market. It has many of the same vendors as the downtown market, however, it runs on Wednesday’s from 3 pm to 7 pm in Ackerman Park. The bottom line is, wherever you live in the Lowcountry, there is probably a farmer’s market with fantastic, local food waiting for you. Give one a shot and let me know how it goes!

Charleston Farmer’s Market - Saturdays, 8 am - 2 pm, Marion Square location, ends Nov. 25th

Mount Pleasant Farmer’s Market - Tuesdays, 3:30 pm - 7 pm, Moultrie Middle School location, ends September 

Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market - Sundays, 11 am - 3 pm, The Charleston Pour House location, ends Dec. 17th

West Ashley Farmer’s Market - Wednesdays, 3 pm - 7 pm, Ackerman Park location, ends Oct. 4th

Boone Hall Farms (has a store, but also offers fresh produce for pick up and occasional “markets” in the traditional sense) - Boone Hall Farms Market location and phone number (843)856-8154