In the heart of Johns Island, on the grounds of the Charleston Collegiate School, sits a hidden treasure of the farmers market variety known as the Johns Island Farmers Market.
Launched in January of 2014 by Frasier Block and Blue Laughters, the market rests in a clearing surround by majestic hardwood trees. The market brings together local farmers, artisans, and entrepreneurs in a rare year round farmers market.
The atmosphere is warm and inviting. It has the air of stepping back into a time when communities gathered around the markets to catch up on the local news, do some shopping, and spend the day connecting with their neighbors. Children can be seen running and playing as their parents figure out what they will stuff their grocery bags with that particular week.
Picnic tables and tents, along with gentle marsh winds and shady oaks, invite customers to come grab a coffee, do some grocery shopping, and sit down for a bite to eat while they listen to local musicians sing and play.
Oh yeah, it’s pet friendly too! So don’t leave your best friend at home!
As you meander the vendor tents you will find a plethora of things to taste and buy from freshly baked breads, pastries, and other other sweet treats to freshly foraged herbs and mushrooms, pet treats, handmade soaps, heirloom vegetables, pressed olive oils, home made jellies and jams, locally printed t-shirts, handwoven garments, handmade pasta, cheeses, eggs, kombucha, CBD products, dried spices and herbs, leather crafts, handmade jewelry, fair trade items, wooden crafts, Greek delights, coffee, and a whole lot more!
And you can’t forget the almighty boiled peanut! It’s a true southern delicacy that simply cannot be passed up on.
The list could go on.
One of the commitments of the market is found in their Truth and Transparency mission which, according to the website, has a goal of being a “trustworthy place for customers to shop and know that the background work is being done to ensure the legitimacy and labeling of all products” is being properly handled.
Because of this commitment, customers can have peace of mind knowing that they are getting exactly what they are paying for.
Unlike many other farmers markets in the South Carolina Lowcountry, the Johns Island Farmers Market is open year round.
Every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9:30AM to 1:30PM locals and tourists alike can enjoy this little gem in the woods. It truly is a unique opportunity to learn about what is locally in season, and to step back, slow down, and enjoy the weekend ahead of you.
After your trip to the market, you can also hit up Angel Oak or Kiawah Island to round out a relaxing weekend in the South Carolina lowcountry!
For more about the history of the market and what items can be found, check out the vendor and farmer pages, as well as the Evolution page on the Johns Island Farmers Market website.
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