The strawberries were ripe about a month early this year, and the first peaches were picked ahead of
It's also good news for farmers and all of us who love fresh produce that the community farmers markets are flourishing. Among the new markets this year is the Summerville Farmers Market, which is open on Saturday mornings.
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.
But many city and community markets have just opened for the season. One of the markets below is probably close to where you live. Visit, shop and eat well.
The Habersham Farmers Market in Beaufort, open Friday afternoons.
Hilton Head Island Farmers Market at Historic Honey Horn, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays.
Farmers Market of Bluffton, 2-7 p.m. Thursdays.
Downtown Beaufort Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays.
Port Royal Farmers Market, 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
Buckwalter Place Farmers Market, Bluffton, 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays.
Pick Pocket Plantation Farmers Market, Beaufort, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. Tuesdays.
Jasper County Farmers Market, Ridgeland, 1-6 p.m. Fridays.
Colleton Farmers Market, Walterboro, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays.
Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
North Charleston Farmers Market, 2-7 p.m. Thursdays.
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, 3:30 p.m. to dusk Tuesdays.
Downtown Florence Farmers Market, 3-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
Lake City Farmers Market, 2-7 p.m. Thursdays.
Georgetown County Farmers Market in Pawleys Island 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and in Georgetown 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Conway Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Loris Farmers Market, 2-6 p.m. Thursdays.
North Myrtle Beach Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
Deville Street Farmers Market at The Market Common, Myrtle Beach, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
TD Saturday Market on Main Street in Greenville, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
Hub City Farmers Market, Spartanburg, 8 a.m. to noon. Saturdays.
Abbeville Farmers Market, 7 a.m.to noon Fridays.
The All-Local Farmers Market in Columbia, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays.
Sandhill Farmers Market, Columbia, open 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays.
Aiken Farmers Market, open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.