Charleston is a city for the senses, and the Charleston Farmers Market is the place where all of your senses come to life. Since 1989, the Charleston Farmers Market has been capturing the hearts, stomachs and wallets of Charlestonians and tourists alike, even garnering national acclaim in 2008 when Travel & Leisure Magazine ranked it as one of the top ten best Farmers Markets in the nation. From April to December, the Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., bar the occasional Sunday during Spoleto in June and Holiday Magic in December. It’s located on the corner of King and Calhoun, right in the heart of Marion Square Park. A rainbow of green, red, yellow, blue and white tents filled with vendors line up and down Marion Square’s brick pathways, electrifying one’s senses with every step.
From naturally made juices and smoothies by the Juice Joint to Nutella and strawberry crepes whipped up by Charleston Crepe Company, the Market is foodie heaven. Freshly squeezed lemonade from Lowcountry Lemonade has become a Charleston Farmers Market staple. If you are interested in worldly cuisine, then try some Vietnamese tacos by Street Hero Banhmi or gyros and Greek potatoes by Alexander the Greek. Southern style fried chicken and gravy is offered by Yard Birds. Local and exotic coffees, nuts, pastries and spices can be found and tasted all throughout the Market. A personal favorite is cinnamon sugar pecans by Molly and Me Pecans – it’s got just the right kick. The waffle-on-a-stick by The Waffle Café is a delectable treat, too. There’s a vendor for every craving, so indulge!
After feasting on gourmet cuisine, it’s time to take a stroll. One of the more unique vendors at the Market, Rewind Candles & Produce Candles, invites one’s nose to linger. These candles stray from the typical scents, opting for more unusual ones like kale, cilantro, carrot,and radish. They’re surprisingly refreshing. Venture onward and the artisan vendors will come to view. From coasters that depict local Charleston life by Carolina Coaster Company to handmade jewelry made from recycled metal by Just Kenzie Jewelry, there are plenty of pieces one can buy to liven up one’s home or closet. There are even tents for furry friends. Vendors like The Good Dog Bakery and Market Mutts, which sell homemade treats and handmade pet products, cater to pets. Numerous photographers and painters proudly display their artwork for all to see, admire and purchase.
One can enjoy the Farmers Market without spending a penny, though. The atmosphere brimming with community and hospitality is worth however long the walk. Each vendor offers a smile and is willing to strike up a conversation. Additionally, different musicians and dancers showcase their own talents each week, adding a special touch that makes the Market a unique experience every Saturday. No matter what one’s looking for, the Charleston Farmers Market has got it. To find out more about the Market itself or its vendors, check out their website here.