Not too shabby of a backdrop for this adorable artisan, craft and farmers market! For the second year in a row, readers of Condé Nast Traveler voted my hometown Charleston as the the number one place to visit in the United States. Locals and travelers typically flock to the beaches, the Battery, and Charleston's numerous incredible restaurants. However, there's one place you may not have been to or heard of that you should check out - the Charleston Farmers Market.
In most of our posts, we've highlighted quality local produce, eggs, and meats you can find at good farmer's markets. You can find all this in the Charleston market too, but there are some other, perhaps unexpected, delights to see. For example, you will find local treats like sweet grass baskets, candles made from recycled wine bottles, original artworks and photography, homemade empanadas, herbs to plant, flowers, fresh seafood, furniture, and so so much more!
I think the biggest treat for us is all the entertainment available for children, right in the heart of Marion Square. Ben had a blast bouncing in the inflatable castle and sliding down the giant inflatable slide. There was also live music to enjoy. You could stay for hours with attractions like this, but we had to head home to start peeling 5 lbs of shrimp - fresh from the docks at Shem Creek - for a special birthday supper that evening.
What follows is a picture show that captures some of the best elements of this market. We could have easily expanded this post to add many more. If you are ever in Charleston - at home or visiting - please check out the Charleston Farmer's Market.
Here's a tip. When peeling shrimp use one of these shrimp cleaners and de-veiners to help speed things along!
Cheers and happy weekend!