Family Travel 2012

Nichole Livengood



Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is a bounty of fun for families

Posted 7/18/2012 11:59:00 AM

We are a foodie family and will go miles out of the way to catch a good farmers market. A visit to the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market at the corner of Coleman Boulevard and Simmons Street on Tuesday afternoon is a must for us when we are in the Mount Pleasant or Charleston area.

Every year the market has gotten larger and seems to draw a bigger crowd. We usually park in the lot at Moultrie Middle School, which is only a short walk to the Farmers Market Pavilion, and we get there soon after the opening bell rings at 3:30 p.m. to get the best picks from the selection.

On our first visit to the market this season, I walked around taking pictures and singing along to the live band, which strummed out a cover from South Carolina natives Hootie and the Blowfish, along with other southern rock favorites. My daughter grazed the booths with her grandmother in tow. She tried her first bite of southern pickled okra, and stood in line for a banana pudding popsicle from the locally famous King of Pops and his frozen delicacy cart. My husband restocked our supply of spices at the Charleston Spice Company booth. We love to chop up seasonal veggies and a sweet potato and throw in a splash of cream and a handful of their curry spice blend for a fantastic dish.

The live music, the amazing food and the beautiful lowcountry bounty on display make this one of our top stops while on vacation. And we always come away with a few things to snack on during the week - a chicken hot off the grill, a fresh salad or loaf of fresh baked bread, a pint of bread and butters or pickled beets, cookies or pie, fruit or a giant bag of fresh popped kettlecorn for the road.

The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market takes place every Tuesday April 10 - Oct. 16, rain or shine, from 3:30 to dusk.