If you love to shop at farmers markets, you know that this has been a wonderful season for getting all those delicious South Carolina spring fruits and produce a little earlier than usual.
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.
Olde Beaufort Farmers' Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Hilton Head Island Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays.
Farmers Market of Bluffton, 2-7 p.m. Thursdays.
Port Royal Farmers Market, 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
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.
Pee Dee State Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Lake City Farmers Market, 2-7 p.m. Thursdays.
Waccamaw Farmers Market 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays
Conway Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
North Myrtle Beach Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays.
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.
Aiken County Farmers Market, open 7: 30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays.