I’m not sure when I first started visiting Farmers’ Markets—it might’ve been when I lived in Savannah and shopped at the one in Forsythe Park—but now I work across the street from the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market. I love walking over after work and picking up fresh fruits and vegetables and, occasionally, supper from Charleston Bay Gourmet. I also love buying fresh pasta and ravioli from Rio Bertolini, another amazing local vendor.
It seems as if Farmers Markets are popping up all over lately, so I put together a guide for y’all. I know I missed a few, but I listed some of the bigger ones:
- Charleston Farmer’s Market. Saturdays from 8am-2pm, April 13th-November 30th at Marion Square. This is definitely the biggest market around, and it’s so much fun! In addition to the market, other fun events are always going on around the market, including Yoga on the Square, a free yoga class every Saturday at 9am, live music, and even some street performers on the corner of King and Calhoun.
- Mount Pleasant Farmer’s Market. Tuesdays from 3:30-7pm, April-September on Coleman Blvd in front of Moultrie Middle School. This is the one I go to the most often, and my favorite thing to pick up is fresh pasta from Rio Bertolini’s. I love their lemon pasta and their braised short-rib ravioli is delicious! You can check out their website for a full list of all the markets they will be at.
- Sullivan’s Island Farmer’s Market. Thursdays from 4-7pm, April 4-June 27th at J. Marshall Stith Park. The market boasts nearly thirty vendors and a food truck or two. For some reason, I think it’s SO MUCH fun to visit markets at the beach. It’s a slightly different vibe, but don’t listen to me—I’m weird.
- Folly Beach Farmer’s Market. Mondays from 4-8pm at the Folly River Park. This is a smaller market, or at least it was when I attended recently. Still, if you’re visiting Folly, definitely check it out! There are some fun local vendors selling well-made candles and jewelry.
- John’s Island Farmer’s Market. Saturdays from 10am-2pm, YEAR ROUND!!! This market has over two dozen vendors and nearly a dozen food trucks (according to their website)! I’ve never been to this market, but I wanna try it after doing some research! (2024 Academy Road, Johns Island)
- James Island Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market. Sundays, 11am-3pm, also YEAR ROUND. This is another market that has dozens of vendors and another market that I really wanna check out! Anyone want to go with me? It’s located at 1977 Maybank Hwy, right behind The Pour House. James Island also has another farmers market every Saturday from 9am-1pm at 871 Fort Johnson Rd, and it also runs year round.
- West Ashley Farmer’s Market. Located at Ackerman Park, West Ashley’s Market is every Wednesday from 3-7pm from April 24th-Oct 2. Seriously, how does this city sustain all these farmers markets?? How are enough veggies grown in Charleston/Berkeley County to supply all these markets?
- Lowcountry Farmer’s Market at the Tanger Outlets. Saturdays from 9am-2pm, Mar 16-Dec 29th at the Tanger Outlets in North Charleston, SC. Shopping for clothes and fresh vegetables in the same place? Sign me up!!
- North Charleston Farmer’s Market. Thursdays from 3-7pm, May 31-Oct 31 at the Felix C Davis Community Center in Park Circle. If I’m being honest, I’ve NEVER spent any time in Park Circle, but it’s on my list! I don’t know why I haven’t—I mean, it’s only 15 minutes from where we live!
- Summerville Farmer’s Market. Saturdays from 8am-1pm behind the Town Hall, in the First Citizens Bank parking lot. The market runs from April 13-November 23rd. This was one of the first markets I ever attended, back when Ryan used to live in Summerville. I actually haven’t been back to Summerville in at least a year… it’s time for me to go back, I think.
Honestly, there are a lot more markets in the Charleston area—too many to include. Different businesses (Workshop, Post & Courier, and Celadon) often have small markets on the weekends. I always check Facebook Events for all the different markets going on in the Charleston area. Do you have a favorite farmer’s market? What do you buy the most at the market? Let me know in the comments!