Charleston Farmers Market

Locals get to this bustling farmers market early, often arriving right at 8 a.m. on Saturday when it opens. The market is open every Saturday until Nov. 30, with a holiday market every Saturday and Sunday in December until Dec. 22. With a delicious cold brew in hand, shoppers are ready to get serious about their groceries. You can cross milk (Green Grocer), meat (Altman Ranch), cheese (Charleston Artisan Cheese House), and your favorite flavor of pasta (Rio Bertolini) off your grocery list. Then move on to your vegetables, like multi-colored string beans and crisp peppers. Finally, you can finish with some fresh bread (Normandy Farm) and honey (Kennerty Farms). There are over 100 farmers and growers, food vendors, and local artisans, some of whom swap out with others, so be sure to go more than once to see all of them. In addition to fresh groceries, there’s also an assortment of handmade treasures, from furniture and scarves to compasses and jewelry crafted from Tibetan beads. There are candles, goat milk soaps, jams and jellies, and cold-pour pickles to smell and sample. The food vendors ripen conditions for an extraordinary picnic at the shaded tables on the common grass. There are also nonprofit organizations and live music and a jump castle.

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