Intro to the Charleston Farmers Market

Nothing gives me more of a sense of community and engagement with local businesses like exploring the Charleston Farmers Market. Every Saturday morning from 8:00am to 2:00pm from early April to late November  you can find the Charleston Farmers Market set up in Marion Square downtown Charleston.  The Farmers Market supports “Lowcountry farmers, growers, prepared/packaged food, artisans, crafters, live performers and community groups of all kinds”.  You can find just about anything you need at the Charleston Farmers Market.  Read all about the history and get more details on the website here.

We try to go as often as we can for several reasons.  The boys LOVE going because there is so much there to entertain them!  From live performances to jump castles to a large field where they can just RUN (thank you Charleston Farmers Market for that!).  There are many vendors set up preparing food for you to eat there or take with you as you walk around and shop.

We like to try new ones every time we go, but one of our favorites is Roti Rolls which was established in 2010 and has won Charleston’s Best Food Truck every year since then – so you KNOW it is good.  They focus on buying local ingredients (we love supporting our locals!) which means it is fresh and good and the menu is always changing depending on what is available from local farms.  They also cater weddings, corporate events, office lunches, school events so check out their website here or better yet, go to the Farmers Market and try some of their delishiousness!  Last weekend, I got the Wakey Bakey and it was the most amazing combination of flavors I’ve ever tasted (not to be dramatic ha).  It has breakfast potatoes, thai pimento cheese, candied bacon (how could you go wrong with this!?), a poached egg and verde sauce.  The picture below does not do it justice.  Go get one for yourself.  You’ll thank me.

That refreshing drink you see in the picture above is the Grapefruit Aqua Fresca with blueberries and mint from Juice Joint.  I had to pry this from my 3 year old’s hands more than once to get a few sips in myself!  Juice Joint is a family owned and operated business and they believe in supporting other local businesses as well.  They buy local ingredients and provide delicious “whole-food juices, smoothies and food items using raw fruits and vegetables that retain their vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and enzymes” (see their website here).  They started as a farmers market stand at the downtown farmers market a few years ago and now they can be found out at their truck on Folly Beach, at the Farmers Market downtown Charleston or on James Island.

Another reason my kids love coming to the Farmer’s Market is that we usually cave and get them a cool, sweet treat (how can you say no when it is still 90 degress in October!?).  This past weekend we found the cutest Icecream Sandwich cart – Wich Cream.  They support local farmers as well and have some delicious flavors!

Another huge part of the Farmers Market is obviously the stands upon stands of fresh produce, prepackaged food for sale and the beautiful arts and crafts.  One of our new favorite stands to visit is Rio Bertolini’s Pasta!  They can be found at multiple farmer’s markets in North and South Carolina and at a few retail locations.  They sell pre-made meals that you can just pop in the oven and the most amazing variety of fresh pasta and sauces.  We have tried most of the ravioli options and are working our way through the other pastas.  Last week we got the cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper) pasta and vodka sauce.  It was a huge hit in our house and we will definitely be buying more!

Well now that I’ve made you hungry and its 4 days until the next Farmers Market downtown, look up locally sourced restaurants or weekday farmers markets and go support small businesses!  Hope you all have a great week.