The return of the Charleston Farmers Market (updated x2)

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Update May 1: The Charleston City Paper has a nice rundown of some of what's new, tasty, and/or interesting at the market; take a read here.

Update April 4: The Post and Courier was there for opening day and has a nice photo gallery and a write-up with few surprises. What is of interest is that at the bottom of the story they list the opening times of upcoming area farmers markets. We mapped them all out last year, but I need to confirm the opening times.

Update April 2: We've just gotten a list of all the new food vendors and it looks like the market is going to have some great new flavors this year (and yay for soup.)

  • Messy Apron: Fresh cold and hot soups using local produce for consumption and take-out.
  • Jason Houser, the former chef of Muse: Charcuterie products (sausage, bacon and pate's).
  • BJ's Brats: Food vendor from Seabrook with locally made bratwurst.
  • Kara Viacrusis of Family Trees: Jade house plants that are offspring of her grandmothers 30 year old jade tree.
  • Goat cheese vendors: Burden Creek dairy (goat milk, plain, and flavored chevre in J. Fields tent) and Giddy Goat with assorted goat cheese products.
  • Shawn Thackeray: Flowers veggies and other home gown produce.
  • Chucktown Chicken: Chicken, eggs and lemon grass.
  • Celeste Albers: Eggs, raw milk ;limited grassfed beef; grits and cornmeal.
  • Captain Hatt's: They're back with full service local fish market, pickled shrimp and crab and shrimp dips.

First reporting: The one and only Charleston Farmers Market held in Marion Square will be re-open this Saturday, April 3rd at 8 a.m.

For those of you who have been living under a rock, the Charleston Farmers Market offers residents and visitors fresh locally grown produce and locally made cuisine as well as distinctive hand wrought arts and crafts and will continue every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Charleston City Councilman Kathleen Wilson and Ellen Dressler Moryl, Director City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, will unveil the 2010 poster image, Peter Piper’s Peppers by Ginny Versteegen at 10:30 a.m. After the poster unveiling, the South Carolina Broadcasters, a local bluegrass band, will offer entertainment for the entire family until 1:30 p.m. Here's more about the 2010 Farmers Market from the press release:

This year, the Charleston Farmers Market will organize a planning process to transition into a “Green Market.” Only a few farmers markets in the U.S. are officially recognized as “Green Markets.” This transition includes recycling and/or re-using all of the materials that are produced by the market as well as educating vendors and the public on the value of being green, including using recycled products, re-using products and composting. New farmers and vendors in the 2010 market include: - Messy Apron will offer fresh hot and cold soups made with local produce for eat-in or take-out. - Meat House, owned and operated by Jason Houser, will offer charcuterie products, including sausage, bacon and pâté. - BJ’s Brats is a local food vendor from Seabrook Island that will offer locally made bratwurst and Italian sausage. - Family Trees owned and operated by Kara Viacrusis, will sale jade house plants which are offspring of her grandmother’s 30-year-old jade tree. Among the vendors who are returning to the market for another season and offering additional products are: Captain Hatt’s, a full-service fish market will also offer pickled shrimp and crab and shrimp dips; Chucktown Chicken has lemon grass as well as farm-raised chickens, River Run Farms will offer its grass-fed beef as well as kiwi fruit and other kiwi products and luffa sponges and compost products. Nelly’s Farm is expanding their organic produce selection by offering mixed greens, cucumbers, basil as well as arugula and flowers. Burden Creek Dairy will also supply goat milk as well as plain and flavored chèvre. “Not only is the weekly Charleston Farmers Market a testimony to the wonderful quality of life we enjoy in here in Charleston, but Charleston farmers are becoming an integral part of the community, offering produce to many of the local restaurants and as a result are significant contributors to a thriving, sustainable local economy. We are so thrilled to welcome the market back to our Saturday routine April 3rd,” says Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Founded by Mayor Joe Riley in 1989, the Charleston Farmers Market is produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, in cooperation with the City of Charleston Parks Department. Over the years, the Charleston Farmers Market has received numerous awards: In 2005, the Charleston Farmers Market, newly revitalized and relocated back in the renovated Marion Square, received the Three Sisters Award from the Charleston Save the City Committee. In 2008, the Market was ranked by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the top 10 best Farmers Markets in the nation. In the Charleston City Paper reader’s poll, “Best Of,” the Charleston Farmers Market was named 2009 Best Outdoor Event. Now permanently located in Marion Square, in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, S.C., the Farmers Market is open each Saturday, from April 3 to Dec., 19, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Farmers Market is dedicated to the support and advocacy of Lowcountry farmers and growers and offers a variety of local produce, plants, herbs and cut flowers as well as breakfast and lunch vendors, live entertainment and an assortment of juried arts and crafts from local artisans. The Charleston Farmers Market attracts citizens and visitors alike. It is the community connection every Saturday morning from April through December, bringing together people from all parts of the Lowcountry and beyond. ###