The smell of ripe berries is in the air which means farmers markets are in high gear for their biggest season. June brings the beginning peak of summer vegetables and a final swing of early spring fruits that soon becomes the summer stone fruits all us southerners love.
The market isn’t just a way to support local farmers and get the best produce available. It’s also a venue to experience what local merchants and food entrepreneurs are cooking up. For many vendors, farmers markets are a large slice of their income and the popularity growth in local markets is essential to keeping their business active. Premade foods like baked goods, bread, fresh pasta and canned items are all options and the selection is always a surprise.
Here’s a round up of farmers markets in our communities picked fresh for you:
Anderson County Farmers Market, Anderson, SC
The Anderson County Farmers Market hosts vendors who only produce in Anderson County. Look forward to produce, local artisans, baked goods, plans and local businesses.
402 N. Murray Ave
Anderson, SC 29625
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, June 3 – Nov. 25: 8am – 1pm
Holiday Market Saturdays: Nov. 29 – Dec. 6, 13 and 20: 10am – 2pm
Farmers Market of Bluffton – Bluffton, SC
Bluffton’s weekly farmers market is a popular event for the Lowcountry. What started as a small local market in 2008 has blossomed into a bustling event with visiting chefs, local merchant highlights and an impressive selection of prepared food. Check their website for what you can expect each week.
38 Calhoun Street
Bluffton, SC 29910
Thursdays, 2 – 7pm
Charleston Farmers Market – Charleston, SC
To add to the list of awards Charleston, SC has won is one of the top 10 best Farmers Markets in the nation by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2008. The downtown market takes over Marion Square every Saturday and offers everything from made-to-order crepes to farm fresh eggs to pottery and jewelry.
329 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Saturdays, April 4 – Nov. 28: 8am – 2pm
Holiday Market Saturdays: Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20: 9am – 3pm
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market – Mount Pleasant, SC
Give your workweek a boost with a visit to Mount Pleasant’s Tuesday afternoon community market. Pick up fresh produce, canned goodies and local seafood while chatting with the farmers who bring you the best. If you have questions about your own garden, stop in to talk with the Clemson Extension Master Gardeners for answers.
Moultrie Middle School
645 Coleman Blvd
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Tuesdays, April 7 – September 29: 3:30pm – 7pm
Downtown Farmers Market – Florence, SC
Get your fix for live music at this Florence, SC weekly market. Not only does all produce and products come from within 150 miles of Florence, but local musicians play every week during the market.
160 W. Evans Street in the W. Evans Breezeway
Florence, SC, 29501
Wednesdays, beginning April 1: 3 – 7pm
Right Choice, Fresh Start Farmers Market – Orangeburg, SC
The Right Choice, Fresh Start Market is promoting more than local produce. The project is coordinated between Family Health Centers, Inc. and the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network at USC and is dedicated to create of sense of community among Orangeburg residents while kick starting an innovative healthy-eating intervention. The program also aims to increase access to fresh product for patients at Family Health Centers.
3310 Magnolia Street
Orangeburg, SC 29115
Fridays, June – October: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Easley Farmers Market – Easley, SC
Voted best produce market in Pickens County, the Easley Farmers Market has more than an awesome selection of produce and artisan products. Throughout the season a variety of events are planned. The second Saturday of each month will be cooking demos, the third Saturday will feature a Market Learning Center and the fourth Saturday will include kids activities.
205 N 1st Street
Easley, SC 29640
Saturdays until Oct. 3: 8am – 12pm
Hub City Farmers Market-Magnolia Train Depot – Spartanburg, SC
Ten years after opening, The Hub City Farmers Market has added a Mobile Market, a Wednesday afternoon Downtown Lunch Market, an Urban Farm and new facility at Northside Harvest Park. Check out the Mobile Market, a farmers market on wheels, on their website for locations and times.
498 Howard Street
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Saturdays March 28 – Dec. 19: 8am – 12pm
Old Town Market – Rock Hill, SC
As Rock Hill’s only all-local market, the selection and variety is topnotch. Enjoy live music, free activities for kids and local artisan creations like pottery, jewelry, woodturned items and bath products.
115 Caldwell Street
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Thursdays, May 7 – Aug 29: 5 – 8pm
Saturdays, May 7 – Aug 29: 10am – 2pm
Riverfront Farmers Market – Wilmington, NC
Located on the picturesque Cape Fear River in Historic Downtown Wilmington, the Riverfront Farmers Market is a place for local growers, producers, artisans and crafters to sell their goodies.
2 N Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Saturdays, April 4 – Nov. 21: 8am – 1pm
Athens Farmers Market – Athens, GA
The folks behind Athens Farmers Market are dedicated to connecting local growers and artisans to the community. Check out their Facebook page for information about American farmers and what to expect each week at their event.
705 Sunset Drive
Athens, GA 30606
Saturdays, April 4 – Nov. 21: 8am – 12pm
Saturdays, Dec. 5 – Dec. 19: 9am – 12pm
Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
271 W Hancock Ave
Athens, GA 30601
Wednesdays, April 8 – Nov.: 4pm – 7pm
Clarkesville Farmers Market – Clarkesville, GA
Enjoy everything the Georgia Mountains have to offer at the Clarkesville Farmers Market. All produce and meats are free of synthetic fertilizers, hormones and pesticides and support local farmers.
Old Clarkesville Mill
583 Grant Street
Clarkesville, GA 30523
Saturdays, May – Oct: 9am – 12pm
Forsyth Farmers Market – Savannah, GA
Since opening in 2009, the women behind Forsyth Farmers Market have made huge strides. They were one of the first independent markets to institute a program allowing customers to use SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program). They also make a special effort to bring in vendors from all backgrounds which ensures a variety of local findings.
Bull Street and Park Ave
Savannah, GA 31401
Saturdays: 9am – 1pm
Soda City – Columbia, SC
Soda City is the market that is always growing and changing in downtown Columbia. With a variety of produce vendors, food trucks and crafters, the market has become a staple for the residents of Columbia.
1500 block of Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Saturdays: 9am – 1pm
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market – Charlotte, NC
This market is one of four state-owned markets in North Carolina. Each market is placed where farmers of all regions have an opportunity to participate. The extensive list of growers and producers is available on the website as well as what to expect each week.
1801 Yorkmont Road
Charlotte, NC 28217
Tuesday – Saturday, May – Aug: 8am – 6pm
Sundays, May – Aug: 12pm – 6pm