Charleston Area

Sullivan’s Island Farmer’s Market

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We’re sure thrilled that there’s a new Sullivan’s Island farmer’s market on Thursdays, bringing fresh vegetables, cheese, pasta, crafts, and music out here to the islands.  I had a chance to stop in last week and really enjoyed myself.  Currently it’s open April 7 through June 30th, but I hope they’ll end up going longer in the year.

Sullivans Island Farmers Market

It opens at 2:30 pm, and it’s all the way down near Sullivan’s Island Elementary school.  I parked at the fire lot.  There was a fun, festive atmosphere, with music and dancing and flowers and a food truck from The Charleston Bird.  This truck is often along Coleman Blvd, and I can’t wait to try all the fried chicken they promise.



Grace Newland’s homemade tortilla’s from Mitla Tortilleria. Grace makes tortillas from scratch the old fashioned way, and they look amazing, with flavors that change every week. Along with the Sullivan’s Island farmers market, she sells her tortillas in Mount Pleasant on Tuesdays. And pasta from Rio Bertolini is one of the best things to keep in your freezer.  I love all of their different flavors of ravioli, especially the blue cheese gorgonzola.  And the lasagne is fabulous!

Olinda Olive Oil has olive blends and olive oil you can re-order in large gallon containers.


Other Vendors include The Charleston Artisan Cheese House.  Gelati Moto . Addie Mae’s Cakery.


Hiser Sea Farms.

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Blue Pearl Farms, which is in McLellanville and has blueberries in season and this gorgeous honey.  (It’s delicious, I promise!)


Wishbone Heritage Farms was there with forest raised pork and pastured chicken and turkey, as well as lamb and beef.  They also carry raw honey and eggs.  You can pre-order here (use the promo code SULLIVANS to arrange to pick-up at the farmers market.)

Stop in this week and see what is there: okra and onions, strawberries and clams, squash and fairy gardens: there is always something fun to discover!



Birds and Birding

How to use ebird to learn what birds you might see on Dewees

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Yellow Warbler

It’s migration season, and there are wonderful birds passing through.  If you’ve ever wondered what you might expect to see, you can use ebird as a great resource.  In fact, you can even use it to find out when the birds you MOST want to see will be on the island.

Northern Gannet in Charleston Harbor

Here’s how to use ebird to find out about a particular species:

Ebird is an incredible database out of Cornell University.  Anyone can use it without being a member, although there are some benefits that make membership worth it.  Suppose you were fascinated by Northern Gannets, who migrate through the area in winter and spring, and you wanted to time a visit to see them.  You could use ebird to help you plan when to come to the island.  Here’s how:

Start by going to  Click on explore data.

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Then, select species maps:How to use ebird

Then enter the species name that you’re interested in:

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Use the zoom tool to focus on where you’re traveling:

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Keep zooming until you can see buttons where people have entered data.

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Click the buttons for detailed lists:

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While you are exploring ebird, you can find some other amazing resources, from interactive maps to migration “forecasts” to rare species.  If you decide you’d like to enter data on ebird, every piece of information helps us track and understand birds– from migration patterns, to climate effects, to species in peril.  Reach out if you need some help!  You can also click here for an weekly record of specific sightings on the island:


Charleston Area

Unusual High Tides last week

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Charleston County has been under a coastal flood watch for most of the week, as a combination of astronomical high tides (spring tides, perigee moon, new moon) have coincided with days of wind from the east, pushing more water up into the marsh. Add two inches of badly needed rain, and navigation on island roads has been interesting. Navigation on mainland roads has been even trickier– I couldn’t get out of the parking lot onto 41st street on Thursday. Since I was only headed into town for a haircut, I decided it wasn’t worth potentially damaging my car, so I turned around!

Waterway, minus landmarks
dewees dock
approaching the Dewees dock on the IOP
the dock is almost above the landing
climbing up to the ramp


Water at the marina


Tide at the fire station at the entrance to the Dewees Marina on 41st st
You can barely make out the edges of the island along the cut to Dewees, with the storm headed our way

Charleston Area

Trader Joe’s now open in Mount Pleasant

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After begging guests and relatives for care packages for years, we are delighted to see Trader Joes open in Mount Pleasant.  Over near Whole Foods on the access road by Route 17, it is in the old Hungryneck Antique Mall.  Bring your own bags and explore many of the low cost items in the store.

Charleston Area

Southwest Airlines To Start Charleston Service on March 13, 2011

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Southwest Airlines announced today that it will begin flying to Charleston on March 13, starting with seven daily round-trip flights.

From Charleston International, Southwest plans to fly three-times daily to Baltimore/Washington, twice to Chicago Midway and once-daily two Nashville and Houston Hobby.

To promote its new service, Southwest announced “a special two-day fare sale” from the cities with fares that start as low as $30 each way (plus taxes and fees). Check out the details on other fine print of that saleon the airline’s website.

On its Nuts About Southwest blog, the carrier says: “Including direct and connecting service, We’re going to be offering service between Charleston and 65 Southwest cities!”

The Southwest blog went on to say:

We’re positive our…newest destination…[is] going to be a big hit.  If you’re going to S.C., it’s got a GREAT business environment.  The scenery is amazing, from the beaches of the Low Country to the Piedmont hills Upstate.  Food?  Unique and fantastic.  Famous Carolina Barbeque and Low Country seafood will keep you coming back for more.  And what are the folks in South Carolina going to LUV about Southwest Airlines?  LOTS.  Full-sized jets—and only full-sized jets  (Boeing all the way, friends!).  Low fares and great value (three words: BAGS FLY FREE!).  And, most of all, they’re going to LUV the People of Southwest Airlines—with smiles as big as  Texas.

You’ll find all of our schedules, as well as some AWESOME introductory fares, available  One new Southwest state, and two new Southwest airports.   Both Greenville/Spartanburg and Charleston will be great additions to our network.  But no matter which one you’re going to use, come fly Southwest in the Southeast.  Welcome to the Southwest Family, South Carolina!

The information for this post came largely from USA Today; click here to read the full story, as well as Southwest’s Nuts ans Bolts blog.