Food doesn’t get any fresher than straight from the farm, but rest assured you don’t have to walk the fields yourself to get some fresh eats. South Carolina farmers have done all the hard work for you, delivering the freshest flavors straight to the farmers markets. From homegrown fruits and vegetables to delicious homemade jellies, jams, honey, and other edibles, you can skip the long grocery store checkout lines and find everything you need for healthy meals at one of the 10 best farmers markets in South Carolina.
As South Carolina’s capital city, it’s no surprise that it’s also home to one of the most expansive farmers markets in the state. Spread over an area the size of seven Walmart supercenters, this market features some of the best produce and other items from around the state. If all the sights of healthy fresh food make you hungry, swing by Dupre at the Market for a tasty meal, made from fresh products found right there at the market.
Plants, flowers, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and a lot of local flavor—that’s only the beginning of what Greenville State Farmers Market has to offer. In addition to all the healthy eats, shoppers can stock up on fresh seafood, local honey, roasted peanuts, dry beans, bottled sauces, and other grocery bag fillers. Good thing this farmers market is open year-round—you may never have to check out at a supermarket again!
If you are craving variety, head to Charleston Farmers Market, where you will find over 100 vendors selling fresh produce, handcrafted items, and ready-to-eat meals. Set alongside Meeting Street, this alfresco market is reminiscent of Charleston’s rich colonial history, where hundreds of shoppers of bygone eras probably gathered for similar activities. With several local and national awards under its belt, Charleston Farmers Market makes it easy to eat healthier and support the local economy all in one place.
From fresh homegrown vegetables to take-home casseroles, you can find everything you need to fill your freezer—and your pantry—here at the family-owned King’s Farm Market. Their produce comes straight from the family farm, selling seasonal fruits and vegetables almost all year long. They also sell homemade baked goods, breads, sandwiches, dips, and other yummies, along with locally produced rice, honey, tea, and sauces.
Every year the vendors and buyers never fail to disappoint at Hub City Farmers Market, so much so that it continues to get bigger and better with every new calendar. Their goal is to provide access to healthy, fresh food to the area residents, and they do so every which way they can. You can support their nonprofit initiatives by visiting their weekly market or one of their pop-up seasonal markets, volunteering, or donating.
Come fill your fridge—and your belly—at Soda City Market, the premiere upscale farmers market of Columbia. This is one of the few year-round markets in the state, and it never fails to deliver, rain or shine. Here you can find fresh produce from the surrounding areas, as well as one-of-a-kind gifts. And the name Soda City? If you aren’t from the area, you might not know Columbia by its other moniker—Cola. The city used to play home to a few bottling plants back in the day, and the nickname Cola has stuck ever since.
Some folks call it a flea market, others call it a mega yard sale. Both are correct, but neither fully describe this 65-acre shopping mecca. In addition to vendors selling everything from books and electronics to food and clothing, there’s a large outdoor farmers market for fresh produce and livestock.
If you prefer to support local businesses, bring your food budget to Charleston’s Sunday Brunch Farmers Market. This market was created specifically for small, local operations and new businesses who source locally and support the Charleston economy. From farm grown favorites to candles, clothing, sweet treats, and more, there’s a little something for everyone here.
Aiken’s Farmers Market in the Alley is more like a weekly festival than a single-draw farmers market. Along with farm fresh goods, visitors can comb the area for unique handcrafted items, fresh flowers, live music, and hot-and-ready meals. They also feature fun events, like a photography contest, cooking-on-a-budget demonstrations, a July 4 celebration, and free food samples.
Every Wednesday May through October, local farmers, bakers, and artisans attract hundreds to searching for fresh flavors and unique items for sale in downtown Beaufort. You can stock up on meat and seafood, local honey, canned foods, and baked goods all in one place and completely skip your weekly trip to the grocery store. While you’re there, grab lunch from one of the many food vendors and settle down for some live music.