Every year we look forward to the produce of summer’s peak. Ripe tomatoes and sweet corn, juicy peaches and watermelon … YUM. Fall and spring in the Lowcountry yield equally delicious fare, from sweet potatoes and kale to strawberries, peppers, and on. Our favorite places to scoop up the season’s bounty—whatever the season—are farmers markets, where produce is sold straight from the source and is as fresh as it gets. Luckily for Lowcountry residents (and visitors!), there’s no shortage of farmers markets where we can shop for fruits and veggies, artisan-made goods, and other fare like pasta and cheese. Most are open spring through fall or winter, and there’s one almost every day of the week. Read on for our favorites!
SUNDAY: Sunday Brunch Farmers Market Situated behind The Pour House on James Island, this farmers market is rife with local flavor. Live music is one star of the show; others of course are the vendors that offer up fresh produce, hot food (we love to grab dogs from Dave ‘N’ Dubs), jewelry, art, home decor (including beautiful geodes and floating plant stands), local honey, and more. The market runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, but yogis can get their flow on beforehand with POHO (Pour House) Yoga on the open-air deck at 10 a.m. ($10; bring your own mat and water). 1977 Maybank Hwy., Charleston
MONDAY: Folly Beach Farmers Market The best cure for the Monday blues? A post-work trip to the beach! Before watching the sunset from the Folly shore, stop by this family-friendly farmers market at Folly River Park. Every Monday evening, farmers, artisans, vintage clothiers, and artists gather to sell their goods. Live music belting from the stage—which is situated with the marsh as its backdrop—ups the fun factor, and ready-to-eat food lets the family leave full and happy. Center St., Folly Beach
TUESDAY: Mount Pleasant Farmers Market On Tuesdays from April through September, the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market (which runs from 3:30 to 7 p.m.) is an after-school family-favorite activity. Housed in the shade (and under the fans!) of the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market Pavilion beside Moultrie Middle School, this market offers tables and tables-worth of South Carolina-certified produce. You can stock up on locally made or sourced bread, seafood, cheese, and more while the kiddos dance to live james and watch balloon animals come to life. 645 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant
WEDNESDAY: West Ashley Farmers Market Another after-school favorite farmers market can be found on the other side of town. From late April through the start of October, the West Ashley Farmers Market—which takes place Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. at Ackermann Park—is where locals west of the peninsula stock up on locally grown fare. This food-focused market is the perfect place to grocery shop for sweet and savory fare plus seasonal produce. 55 Sycamore Ave., Charleston
SATURDAY: Charleston Farmers Market On Saturday mornings (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) from April through December, you can find us at Marion Square. More than 10 area farms set up tents to sell their freshest fare, and a dozen or so food vendors are on site to offer up ready-to-eat baked goods, popsicles, and brunch dishes. We always stock up on noodles for the week from Rio Bertollini’s Fresh Pasta and sip on cold brew from Charleston Coffee Roasters. With live music, tons of art and home-good tents, and—more often than not—jump castles or some other activity for kids, we often set up shop there for hours.
BONUS! If you don’t track Lowcountry Street Grocery on social media yet, give them a follow. This mobile farmers market’s mission is to bring fresh, locally grown fare to neighborhoods throughout the Lowcountry, from North Charleston to Hanahan to Daniel Island and more. They’re always on the go, so hop on social media to find their next stop nearest you.