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Start Fresh!

The booths lining Marion Square display everything from local seafood to charcuterie, handmade soaps to unique accessories. Photograph by Sharon Bohn, Notable Photos

March 31, 2010

Start Fresh!
Draw up your shopping list and dig out your sunscreen: this Saturday, the Charleston Farmers Market kicks off its 21st season with live tunes and exciting new offerings

WRITTEN BY Evans Craddock

After a long, cold winter (complete with a Lowcountry version of a snowstorm), the Charleston Farmers Market is finally set to return to Marion Square this Saturday, April 3. The one-stop-shop for everything local brings with it a chance to throw on some flip-flops, grab breakfast or lunch, and inevitably run into a few friends and neighbors, all while cruising for treats ranging from fresh produce to flowers and artwork.

The market’s 100 vendors open for business at 8 a.m., though the official ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place at 10:30, followed by the unveiling of the 2010 poster image, Peter Piper’s Peppers, by award-winning local artist Ginny Versteegen. The South Carolina Broadcasters will be playing bluegrass tunes until 1:30 p.m. as shoppers visit favorite booths like Charleston Crêpe Company, Burden Creek Dairy, and Kennerty Farms and discover some of the exciting newcomers signed on this year. Look for Messy Apron, purveyor of hot and cold soups made from local produce; Family Trees, which offers jade house plants grown from cuttings owner Kara Viacrusis took from her grandmother’s 30-year-old tree; and Meat House, former Muse chef Jason Houser’s new venture focusing on charcuterie products.

This season, the Charleston Farmers Market also begins the process of becoming one of the few “Green Markets” to exist in the United States. Over the next two years, the city plans to initiate recycling efforts, educate vendors on environmental responsibility, and begin reusing products and composting.

Sunshine, shopping, and sustainability? Sounds like reasons aplenty to head for Marion Square this Saturday—be sure to arrive hungry!

Charleston Farmers Market
April 3-December 19, Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Extended Piccolo Spoleto schedule: May 28-June 12, Friday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information on the Charleston Farmers Market, click here.



Wed, 03/31/2010