The bright burst of a freshly picked pumpkin pie in your mouth, the excitement of seeing the first collard greens of the season, a warm loaf of bread nestled into your tote bag...just thinking about our favorite local farmers market fills us with pride.
It’s time to turn that appreciation into a vote — so that the entire nation can know and recognize Charleston for having the best farmers markets around.
The 2023 America’s Farmers Market Celebration (AFMC) is open to votes through Monday, Sept. 18 to find a “People’s Choice” farmers market as the top-endorsed market in the country. The prize? Up to $15,000 for the top five markets to spend on marketing, communication, and other needs.
The most popular market in each state also wins $100 — so get voting for your favorite.
Need a refresher on the finest markets in the area? We’ve got a guide to local farmers markets. Here are Editor Will’s top two markets:
- Charleston Farmers Market, 329 Meeting St., Charleston | In the heart of Charleston, this farmers market burst to life, a kaleidoscope of colors and flavors where Lowcountry history meets Southern hospitality.
- Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market, 645 Coleman Blvd., Mt Pleasant | Under the swaying palmetto fronds at the Mount Pleasant farmers market, the sea breeze whispered tales of coastal harvests, blending with the cheerful chatter of locals discovering treasures from the land and sea.
The search to find America’s most beloved markets accomplishes the AFMC’s mission: to shine a light on the vital role farmers markets play across the country.
Farmers markets are a major resource connecting communities and families to fresh, local food. The produce sold is typically at the peak of its growing season — meaning it also has peak nutrition and taste. Plus, shopping locally keeps your dollar in your community and directly supports farmers, ranchers, and growers.