Food

Gwen Fowler

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Farmers markets opening all over the state

Posted 5/14/2013 1:42:00 PM

One of the best things about spring in South Carolina is that farmers markets are opening for the season, giving all of us places to buy directly from farmers who grow delicious foods.

Because our spring was chilly this year, some crops are a little later than usual. But the strawberries are ripe now, and other berries and peaches will soon follow. What a pleasure to buy tomatoes and cucumbers and all sorts of vegetables grown right in our own area.

The S.C. Farmers Markets in West Columbia, Greenville and Florence are open year-round, and so are some of the city markets. I often shop at Myrtle’s Market, the city of Myrtle Beach farmers market, and it is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday all year.

Lots of the city and community markets throughout the state have just opened for the season or will open soon. One of the markets below, listed by city, is probably close to where you live. Visit often and buy lots from the farmers in your area. Remember, no farms, no food.

(You can find more markets listed on the S.C. Department of Agriculture’s website at the Community-based Farmers Market page, the list of Certified SC members or Certified SC Roadside Markets page

Aiken: Aiken County Farmers Market, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays and Saturdays.

Beaufort: Downtown Beaufort Farmers Market, 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Beaufort: Habersham Farmers Market, open 4-7 p.m. Fridays.

Beaufort: Pick Pocket Plantation Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Bluffton: Farmers Market of Bluffton, 2-7 p.m. Thursdays.

Bluffton: Buckwalter Place Farmers Market, 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays.

Charleston: Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Columbia: Soda City Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Columbia: Vista Marketplace at Whaley, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Columbia: Sandhill Farmers Market, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays.

Conway: Conway Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Florence: Florence Downtown Farmers Market, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Greenville: TD Farmers Market, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Mount Pleasant: Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, 3:30 p.m. to dusk Tuesdays.

Myrtle Beach: Deville Street Farmers Market at Market Common, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

North Charleston: North Charleston Farmers Market, 2-7 p.m. Thursdays.

North Myrtle Beach: North Myrtle Beach Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Port Royal: Port Royal Farmers Market, 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Ridgeland: Jasper County Farmers Market, 1-6 p.m. Fridays.

Spartanburg: Hub City Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon. Saturdays.

Walterboro: Colleton County Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays.