Farmers market season is back

It's the most wonderful time of the year

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JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
Some people geek out over new iPhones, others over the latest Marvel movie. I get all jazzy jazz hands about farmers markets and damn if I'm not in full Bob Fosse mode this week. Not only does the Charleston Farmers Market at Marion Square open on Saturday, but so does the Mixson Farmers Market. And today the Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market starts at 3:30 p.m. at 645 Coleman Blvd. I can barely contain my fan kicks. But I'll try in order to tell you what to look forward to.

First, tonight at the Mt. P market you can expect some of our favorite farmers — Blue Pearl Farms, Fat Worm Farm, Pinckney Farm, Fields Farm, Fili-West Farms, Freeman Produce, Joseph Fields Farm, MiBek Farms, Owl's Nest Plantation, Ron's Roots, Shuler Peach Co, and Wishbone Farms. Of course, there will also be a whole host of vendors too. Check out the full list here

Over at Mixson on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. one of the coolest events will be a Tiny Tastemakers activity. Slow Food will offer children a lesson in making strawberry pie waffle cones. For $5, kids can hit up a healthy dessert bar featuring freshly made yogurt with fruit and toppings and a recipes on how to make yogurt at home. 

Mixson will also have a Sweet and Savory Local Pie Contest. The Cake Farmer Amy Robinette, who we featured in Dirt two issues ago, will serve as guest judge. Folks can enter by bringing a fresh pie at noon and all entries must be made with local produce. 

Once you've had your pie fix, why not head on over to Marion Square and pick up a free Cannonborough Beverage drink? The city's favorite soda jerks — Matt Fendley, Mick Matricciano, and Brandon Wogamon — are celebrating four years in business by giving anyone who stops by their table a free soda on Saturday. 

"We've grown a lot since that first market," says Matricciano. "We released shelf stable bottles at the end of last year, and our sodas are now available in over a hundred bars, restaurants, and specialty stores in five states (S.C., N.C., Texas, Tenn., and Calif.) as well as a small specialty food store in New Zealand! We couldn't have done this without the support of the people of Charleston."

It's gonna be a great week.  

...And starting Wed. May 4, the seasonal farmers market at the Green Barn, located at Carnes Crossroads (between Summerville and Goose Creek), is back in action, Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. through the end of August.

The Green Barn will feature vendors like Gruber Family CSA Farms, Caladiums Creations, Purple Rose Candies, Ruby G's Closet, and more. Interested vendors are asked to email lisa.avant@dicommunity.org. 

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