Image above taken from the Charleston Farmers Market website.
Some of the best food and art in Charleston can be found at the Charleston Farmers Market, featuring local vendors from all over the state of South Carolina. This outdoor market is open on Saturdays from April 7 – December 16, 2012 during the hours of 8 am – 2 pm in Marion Square (where King Street and Calhoun Street intersect). Featuring everything from homemade jams and honey to fresh pasta and handcrafted jewelry to fresh meats, fruits, and vegetables, everything offered at the Charleston Farmers Market is made or grown locally and is unique to Charleston.
Below are just a few of our favorite vendors:
Rio Bertolini’s Fresh Pasta Co.: Serving up the best, fresh, handmade pasta you will ever have, Rio Bertolini’s Fresh Pasta Co. offers a wide array of unique stuffed pastas, as well as cut pastas. Some of the must-try pastas, that we absolutely love include:
- Tagliatelle (perfect for Tagliatelle bolognase)
- Goat cheese ravioli
- Gorgonzola and pancetta ravioli
- Roast butternut squash ravioli
- Porcini mushroom ravioli
- Sweet potato gnocchi
The list of their pastas is extensive and changes on a regular basis, so you’re always sure to find something new and diverse! And just to give you an idea of how amazing their pastas are, they are served in more than 60 local area restaurants.
Image above taken from http://www.riobertolinispasta.com/shop.html
Charleston Soap Chef: Treat your body to a little piece of heaven with the handmade products from the Charleston Soap Chef. Serving up everything from soap bars to body wash, moisturizing lotion to body butter, and sugar scrub to hand wash, the Charleston Soap Chef offers everything for your pampering needs. All of these products come in a variety of different scents, including Beach Music (a blend of eucalyptus and spearmint), Blooming jasmine (a bouquet of floral aromas), Lemon Sugah, Charleston Sweetgrass, and more!
The mastermind behind the Charleston Soap Chef is Jeanine Gantt, who started crafting bath items in 2003 as a hobby. After the word got out about her amazing creations, the Charleston Soap Chef soon took off as a local favorite!
Image above taken from the Charleston Soap Chef website.
Sailor Craft Knots: One of our favorite vendors, Sailor Craft Knots features a wide variety of nautical knot creations that can be used for both utility and decorative purposes. Some of the knot products include monkey’s fist knot bookends, dog leashes, dog toys, oyster knives, mats, bracelets, and more.
Keith Hudson, owner of Sailor Craft Knots, started tying knots in 1985 while working on off-shore oil rigs in Alaska, and has been in the International Guild of Knot Tyers since 1992.
Image above taken from the Sailor Craft Knots website.
Charleston Views: Producing some of the most unique artwork, Charleston Views creates vintage window art that brings Charleston to life through glass. Designers Beth Curry and Traci Colyer take historical wooden windows in various shapes, colors, and sizes, and create designs within the glass that range everywhere from flowers to shells and Charleston artifacts to personal sentimental items. Although Charleston Views has a wide variety of pieces to purchase on display, they can also create customized windows for your specific needs.
Image above taken from the Charleston Views Facebook page.
Some of the other amazing vendors you can find at the Charleston Farmers Market include:
- Baguette Magic (breads & croissants)
- Charleston Crepe Company (made-to-order sweet & savory crepes)
- Charleston Gourmet Burgers (gourmet burgers seasoned with local spices)
- Charleston Spice Company (organic herb & spice mixtures)
- Fresh Pickle Works (local produce / pickles)
- Roots Ice Cream (local, seasonal, gourmet ice cream)
- Barbara’s Sweetgrass Products (basketry)
- Southern Brothers (corn hole and refinished furniture)
- The Scarlet Poppy (reinvented vintage, eclectic jewelry)
- Charleston Mojo Art (framed art and repurposed wood)
- Lowcountry Sketches (Charleston maps and other artwork)
- Good Dog Bakery (baked goods for dogs)
- Artistry in Wood (wood bowls and art pieces)
- A variety of fresh farm produce stands
So this coming Saturday, why not start your morning off with a fresh crepe at the Charleston Farmers Market followed by a stroll around the vendor stands, and end your morning with a relaxing (and history-packed) Charleston Harbor Tour aboard The Carolina Belle. Now that would be the perfect Saturday!