Locals get to this bustling farmers market early, often arriving right at 8 a.m. on Saturday when it opens April-December. With a delicious brew from Cup in hand, shoppers are ready to get serious about their groceries. You can cross milk (Green Grocer), meat (Meathouse), cheese (Charleston Artisan Cheese House), and your favorite flavor of pasta (Rio Bertolini) off your grocery list. Then move on to your vegetables, like multi-colored string beans and juicy tomatoes. Finally, you can finish with some fresh bread (Baguette Magic) and honey (Kennerty Farms). There are over 125 farmers and growers at the market, some of whom swap out with others, so be sure to go more than once to see all of them. In addition to fresh groceries there’s also an assortment of handmade treasures, from furniture and scarves to compasses and jewelry crafted from Tibetan beads. There are candles, goat milk soaps, jams and jellies, and cold-pour pickles to smell and sample. The food vendors ripen conditions for an extraordinary picnic at the shaded tables on the common grass. There are also nonprofit organizations and live music and a jump castle. Be sure to check out their website to see which vendors are there each Saturday, or for information on holiday hours.


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