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Best Place to Buy Local Produce, Best Farmers Market
Charleston Farmers Market

T he Charleston Farmers Market at Marion Square assembles local farmers, specialized growers and organic producers from the region bounded by I-95 and the seacoast. Founded in 1989 with the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, the market is produced by the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs in cooperation with the city’s Parks Department and Special Events Committee.

The market blends produce from family farms that have been sustaining agriculture in the Lowcountry for generations with items grown by new agrarian start-ups and eco-ventures. This formula ensures that the freshest area produce arrives at the market each week along with seasonal and heirloom offerings, giving the market City Paper’s honor as the Best Place to Buy Local Produce and Best Farmers Market.

The Charleston Farmers Market’s line-up of food concessionaires are also able to select from the abundance of fruits and vegetables available on Saturday mornings to prepare their own delicious food options.

The market has received numerous awards: in 2005, the Three Sisters Award from the Charleston Save the City Committee; and in 2008, was ranked by Travel + Leisure magazine and The New York Times as one of the Top 10 Farmers Markets in the nation. Y’all obviously agree.

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