Lowcountry Local First encourages you to pledge to eat local during the month of April. Although agribusiness is one of the state’s largest industries, more than 90 percent of our food is still imported. The campaign is timed to the beginning of the farmers market season, which makes it easy for you to shop and eat local. Shop these local farmers markets to support local farmers, growers and producers as well as local artisans.
To take the pledge and get more information, visit lowcountrylocalfirst.org.
Sunday Brunch Farmers Market
Laid-back year-round farmers market held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. behind The Charleston Pour House features yoga in the morning, live music all afternoon and popular food trucks in addition to local produce and seafood, handmade jewelry and other crafts.
Folly Beach Farmers Market
The Folly Beach Farmers Market began its season in March. Open 4 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Folly River Park Center
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market opens for the season April 3. You’ll find vegetables, fruits, flowers, seafood and baked goods as well as live music and family friendly activities. 3:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market Pavilion, 645 Coleman Blvd.
West Ashley Farmers Market
The West Ashley Farmers Market opens for the season April 25. Open 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Ackerman Park, 55 Sycamore Ave.
North Charleston Farmers Market
Opens for the season May 10 and features local produce, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, speciality foods, children’s activities and live music. 3 to 7 p.m. Felix C Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Circle
Sullivan’s Island Farmers Market
Opens April 12, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., 1921 I’On Avenue in front of Poe Library
MUSC Farmers Market
MUSC hosts a year-year farmers market 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays, 171 Ashley Ave.
Charleston Farmers Market
The Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square kicks off its season April 15 with Plow to Chow hosted by Lowcountry Local First. Sponsors will demonstrate cooking tips using fresh and local ingredients to encourage you to eat local. The Charleston Farmers Market features farmers and growers, food concessions, artisans and crafters, live music and children’s activities. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays
Johns Island Farmers Market
The year-round farmers market offers a one-stop shopping experience and encourages more sustainable living by shopping locally. Vendors offer local honey, spices, breads, pork skins, cheeses, chocolate, pet food, bath products and sweet grass baskets. Children can take a pony ride and tour the fire truck. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Charleston Collegiate School, 2024 Academy Road
The Town Market on James Island
A new and growing year-round market held 10 am. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 871 Fort Johnson Road
Pacific Box & Crate Farmers Market
Year-round market held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the popular Pacific Box & Crate development, 1503 King St.