One of the great things about Bowling Green was its amazing farmer’s market. The bad part, though, was that I always worked Saturdays and never really got to go. So, as soon as I started making weekend plans for my first week in South Carolina, I looked up the details of the Charleston Farmer’s Market. I had seen it once before, in passing, on an earlier trip but wasn’t able to stop and explore.
Let me tell you, darlin, its a good one. The market is full of delicious freshness as well as talented artisans and yummy food venders. On this trip I picked up some spinach, tomatoes, white potatoes, blueberries, yellow squash, green beans, fresh shrimp (swimming the day before), peaches, and handmade soap.
I looove handmade soap. We have to clean our hands anyway, right? So why not do it naturally and make the bathroom/kitchen smell good while we’re at it? Two birds, one stone. I picked up a bar of Blackberry Oatmeal with Sage Goat Milk Soap and Hibiscus in Clay soap. Then I was given a free sample of Creamy Lavender. Mmmm.
I wrote down everything we bought, noting the portion and amount to compare to the grocery store prices. We bought from three farms to sample each one in order to try to choose one or two to be faithful to.
We talked to a few of the artisans and collected some cards and information for contact. Everyone we came in contact with was super friendly. I can definitely see how easy it can be to find a sense of community in a big city because of groups/organizations/events like this.
I still can’t believe I bought shrimp so fresh it was swimming the day before! I think I’m going to work up some shrimp and grits one night this week. This is South Carolina, after all.