Gwen Fowler



New farmers’ market offers local produce, seafood and lots more

Posted 8/19/2012 3:59:00 PM

A new farmers’ market opened in May in The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, and I’ve enjoyed shopping there lots of Saturday mornings.

The selection of vendors at the DeVille Street Farmers Market is fantastic. Along with a selection of vegetables grown in Horry County, the market offers seafood, honey, goat cheese, fresh cut flowers, and fresh breads and pastries. You can even buy a special treat for your dog, pottery or jewelry.

DeVille Street is closed down for the market, which is 8 a.m. to noon. The vendors are lined up one side of the narrow street, which is usually shaded in the morning, thanks to the two-story shops and apartments on both sides.

Just around the corner, Williams-Sonoma holds a chef demonstration at 11 a.m. each Saturday featuring produce from the market.

Michael Atkinson of Lone Palmetto Farms of Lamar travels to Myrtle Beach each week for the market, and visitors like to sample his creations such as garlic and rosemary cheese or pimento cheese chevre. Atkinson has had his goat farm for several years, but he only began making cheese four months ago.

James Merritt, with the help of his son Jesse, brings produce from the Paul Jones farm in Aynor to the market each week. On a recent Saturday, they were selling a variety of fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, peaches, watermelons and apples.

Shannon Dougherty is at the market each week selling muffins, cinnamon buns, cakes, cookies and loaves of bread from Croissants Bistro and Bakery

Honey, most of it South Carolina Certified, is sold by Mountain Man Honey and Goods. John Danford and his son, Cullen, were working the booth recently.

Many of the vendors also sell at other farmers’ markets, but the Deville Street Market is the first for Shaun Eschmann of Herbal Lab in Myrtle Beach. He’s been growing plants for years but just began selling his plants and herbal blends.

My dog loves my market visits because I always come home with dog biscuits for her. Brothers-in-law Robert Allen and Allan Ramey of Beachcombers Animal Products make almost 60 flavors of biscuits, and usually have about a dozen at the market.

Seven Seas Seafood of Murrells Inlet is at the market each week. I’ve bought delicious local shrimp, grouper and triggerfish.

Sugarfoot Organic Farms of Conway uses the market as a drop-off spot for its CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) members, but often extra produce is available for those who aren’t members. Last week, I bought fresh small purple tomatoes and delicious small plum tomatoes.

The Deville Street Market is run by the Waccamaw Market Cooperative, which also runs the Conway Farmers Market, the Loris Farmers Market, and the North Myrtle Beach Farmers Market.

The Market Common is an urban community of popular shops and restaurants, along with apartments and homes, built on part of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.