Vegetables

 

The weather’s warm, the buds have opened, birds are singing and the fields are producing a plentiful bounty.

That last BLOG about fresh strawberries you can pick at nearby Boone Hall Plantation got me thinking about farmers markets.

One of the cool things about this time of the year (other than the fact that the weather’s great and you can still score some deals on luxury beach house rentals SC, before the peak rates kick in for beach rentals Charleston) —  is that farmers markets crank up again, connecting local producers directly to us, the consumer.  Cut out the middleman!

 

Here’s a fact that will get your attention; it’s from Charleston’s Green Connection:

“Our food travels on average 1,500 miles before it reaches our plates.  Agribusiness is SC’s largest industry, however over 90% of our food is still imported.  Choosing to eat locally grown and produced food effects our environment, our health, our communities, and our local business economy.”

It’s about time we changed that stat.  Shopping local is a great way to bring the freshest, healthiest food to your loved ones staying in your Charleston beach house.

 

Here’s a breakdown of local farmers markets and when they opened or will open for business:

The biggie, the wonderful farmers market in Charleston’s Marion Square, it’s season kicked off April 4th and is open on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.  http://www.charlestonfarmersmarket.com/    Marion Square is located on the historic peninsula downtown and is convenient to all our rental homes South Carolina, be they Isle of Palms vacation rentals or a Folly Beach house Charleston.

–Mount Pleasant opened its season April 7th.  It’s located at Market Pavilion on Coleman Boulevard, next to Moultrie Middle School.  It runs on Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. This is especially convenient to our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.  From your luxury house on Isle of Palms, just head over Breach Inlet to Sullivan’s Island, cross the Ben Sawyer Bridge into Mount Pleasant, and drive up Coleman Boulevard.  It’s right past the school on your left.

–Summerville also started up April 4 at 200 S. Main Street in the First Citizens Parking Lot. They’re open Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Free parking is available for shoppers in the Town Hall parking garage.

–Goose Creek holds their farmer market at 150 Howe Hall Rd. on Saturdays at 8 a.m.  They will be taking WIC Vouchers and Senior Vouchers for Farmers Markets and SNAP/EBT cards as well as debit and credit cards.

–North Charleston will open  their market on Thursday, May 21st. Located at the Felix C Davis Community Center at 4800 Park Circle, it will run from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. every Thursday.

The Farmers’ Market at the Green Barn at Carnes Crossroads, located at 207 Parish Farms Drive, will take place Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. beginning on May 6 through the end of August.

–Another market in Mount Pleasant, this one at Towne Centre will open May 10. Vendors set up on Theatre Drive from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

–Freshfields Village’s market sits at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook, and Johns Island. They begin in June and run every Monday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Moncks Corner’s farmers market is open year round. They’re located at Gulledge and Heatly streets every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and sometimes during the week.

–Colleton’s Farmers Market’s opening day is in May. It’s held on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 506 E. Washington St. in Walterboro. Click here for updates on a start date.

–Hilton Head’s Shelter Cove Farmer’s Market is located at Shelter Cove Community Park. Organizers are still evaluating when they will start. Learn more here.

–The Sunday Brunch Farmers Market on James Island located at  Medway Park in Riverland Terrace has delayed the start of their season due to permit issues. Check their Facebook page for updates.

–Georgetown‘s Farmers Market is located on East Bay Park and there’s another one on Pawley’s Island on Duncan Ave. at the Recreation Center. Town officials said the start date is still TBA.

Source: ABC News 4 Charleston

 

So shop local, and heal the planet and yourself.  Speaking of healthy… click HERE for some tips for a healthy heart.

And remember to call EP when you are shopping for local SC vacation rentals.  Our beach house rentals Charleston SC are the very freshest around!

 

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

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