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.
Farmers markets across South Carolina are filled with strawberries, corn, peaches and other homegrown fruits and vegetables. 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: Pick Pocket Plantation Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
Bluffton: Farmers Market of Bluffton, 2-7 p.m. Thursdays.
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, 9 a.m. to 1 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: City Center Farmers Market, open year round on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Tuesday events, 4 - 7 p.m., April through October
Greenville: TD Farmers Market, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.
Greenwood: Uptown Market, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Mount Pleasant: Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, 3:30 p.m. to dusk Tuesdays.
Myrtle Beach: Myrtle's Market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Myrtle Beach: Deville Street Farmers Market at Market Common, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays.
North Charleston: North Charleston Farmers Market, noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays.
North Myrtle Beach: North Myrtle Beach Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.
Port Royal: Port Royal Farmers Market, 9 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; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursday evenings. Check hours on the website.
Walterboro: Colleton Museum and Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays.