Make Your Market Menu

One of the benefits of living in a warmer climate is we can enjoy our local farmers markets well into the fall. But to make the most of your weekly trip, do a little advance planning, particularly when it comes to knowing what’s in season.

In August, look for the following produce:
• Beans
• Beets
• Cantaloupes
• Green onions
• Mixed leafy greens like collard and mustard greens
• Okra
• Peaches
• Peppers
• Sweet corn
• Sweet potatoes
• Squash

Plan your menu according to what’s in season. It can be tempting to fill your bag with every yummy veggie in sight, but you don’t want to buy too much and end up with wasted food. Take a few minutes to decide what you’ll be cooking for dinner over the week and then load up on those necessary items.

Shop early for the best selection and don’t forget to bring your reusable bag. Don’t hesitate to talk with vendors and ask questions about the produce. Strike up a relationship and you might be able to make a special request for the last of the season’s sweet corn.

Are you shopping at the farmers markets more this year? What are your tips for getting the best fruits and veggies?

Start Shopping:

__Charleston Farmers Market:__ 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. each Saturday in Marion Square (through Dec. 19)

__Daniel Island Farmers Market:__ 4-8 p.m. each Thursday at the Family Circle Tennis Center through Sept. 30 (may extend through November depending on interest)

__Mt. Pleasant Farmer Market:__ 3:30 p.m. until dark each Tuesday at Farmers Market Pavilion on the grounds of Moultrie Middle School through Oct. 19.

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