We get lots of questions about where to buy good produce. If you want to go on your way to the island, take Route 17 to Boone Hall Farms Market, which is NORTH on Route 17, past the connector on the right a few miles. They have lots of local produce, and Mount Pleasant Seafood actually has a kiosk right in that building– it’s sort of a coop type place. The actual farm is across the street, and you can pick strawberries there right now, which is fun for the kids… and they are delicious right now. In the market, there’s an ice cream stand, local items, and a sandwich and hot dog shop.
On Saturday mornings, the Farmers Market is in downtown Charleston, and it’s really fun as well- lots of kid friendly activities like face painting and live music. (And theres a great funky African coffeeshop nearby on Vanderhorst St., called Kudu coffee)
A similar scene is on Tuesdays in Mount Pleasant at the Farmer’s Market. It opens at 3:00 and goes till dusk, and both Mount Pleasant Seafood and a good roast-on-site barbecue are right there, along with a lady who makes the BEST pickles ever (also the most expensive) and artisan cheeses and pasta booths. There’s even a crepe vendor, and usually there’s live music and face painting, etc. It’s on Coleman Blvd– from Dewees, take Palm Blvd through the light and all the way to Sullivans Island, where you take the Ben Sawyer Bridge to Mount Pleasant. Go about a mile, and the Farmers Market is on the left just past Moultrie Middle School. (Which is at 645 Coleman Blvd.) Here’s a link to a quick video slideshow of the Farmers Market.
From the Mt Pleasant Farmers Market, you are almost to Shem Creek, which is where the shrimp boats dock. Again, there are some fun restaurants (it’s even possible to go by boat from Dewees) as well as at least four places to buy seafood basically right off the boat. I like them all. Here’s another blog post with details about Wando Shrimp Company, Raul’s, Magwood, and Mt Pleasant. Right there, you can also connect with our first community supported fishery Abundant Seafood (featured in the NYTimes Magazine), where several owners belong to a group that splits shares of a fishing harvest.