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Farmer’s Market Guide

Farmer’s Market Guide

April 09, 2018

Every Saturday from April 14–November 24, the Charleston Farmer’s Market sets up in Marion Square—a cobblestone’s throw from the Dewberry’s front door. Dozens of Lowcountry growers, bakers and canners—as well as local craftsmen and food trucks—line the brick walkways that circle the historic park, named for the South Carolina Revolutionary War hero General Francis Marion. The popular market runs from 8 AM to 2 PM, which leaves plenty of time to browse, but if it’s nice out, plan to go early to beat the thickest crowds to visit with some of our favorite vendors: 

Simmons Farm

Stop for the in-season produce—the first strawberries should be coming soon—and stay for a chat with the proprietor, third-generation farmer Frank Simmons, who coaxes everything from collard greens to sweet corn to butter beans from the thirty-acres his family tends on nearby John’s Island.

Rio Bertolini Fresh Pasta

The fresh cut pasta, ravioli and gnocchi goes fast. You can expect favorites like the crab, corn and basil stuffed ravioli and the sweet potato gnocchi to sell out first, so put this one at the top of your shopping list. Stock up on homemade sauces, too, such as tomato basil and vodka sauce with prosciutto.

Oilinda Olive Oil and Olives

Score a bottle of cold-pressed, unfiltered olive oil made using olives grown on the retired South Carolina school teacher Jeanne DeCamilla’s family farm in Northern California. The signature “Charleston blend” is a mix of arbequina and arbosano extra virgin olive oils. Try before you buy, and drizzle hunks of fresh crusty bread with any of DeCamilla’s offerings.

Landrum Tables

Charleston furniture maker Capers Cauthen rescues slabs of virgin heart pine and antique black cypress from job sites around town, transforming the discarded wood into refined-meets-rustic farm tables, sideboards, kitchen islands and plantation benches. Browse select inventory at the farmer’s market, and if you see something you like, they’re happy to ship.

Sailor Craft Knots

While working on an Alaskan oil rig, Keith Hudson, a former navy man, started tying knots to pass the time. He eventually headed south and turned his hobby into a full-time gig. Today, you can pick up one of the colorful dog toys or leashes that he makes by hand using natural and nylon marine rope. If you’re more of a cat person, browse his selection of home goods, including his popular hemp welcome mats.

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