20 years, Charleston Farmers Market still growing strong
ELLEN DRESSLER MORYL
Director, City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
6, 2009 -- Created in 1989 by Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., the City
of Charleston's Farmers Market was created to provide access to
farmers and growers from the Lowcountry to sell, directly to consumers,
their locally-grown, vine-ripened fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers
and other delectable farm-fresh items. The market was presented
every Saturday morning from April through mid-October at Marion
addition to fresh produce from the farmers, there were also a few
arts and crafts created and sold by local artisans, along with food
vendors and sidewalk café seating to enjoy brunch and live
entertainment such as folk music, bluegrass and jazz to round out
the market experience. The market was coordinated by the city's
Economic Development Department.
about seven years, two major changes occurred with the CFM. A major
renovation was planned for Marion Square so it was necessary to
relocate the market during that time. Simultaneously, it was decided
to shift the market management responsibilities to the city's Office
of Cultural Affairs, which has the infrastructure to produce large
outdoor events such as the Piccolo Spoleto and MOJA Arts festivals.
the three-year renovation of Marion Square, the market was sited
at the Maritime Center for one year and then moved to Hutson Street,
which was one-block away from the Marion Square location. As part
of its new oversight responsibilities, the Office of Cultural Affairs
surveyed various groups and citizens interested in the Charleston
Farmers Market about their preferences as to the location, day,
hours of operation, products available for the sale and other information
needed to update the market format. Toward that end, public hearings
were conducted to get as much community input as possible. Hundreds
of people participated in the survey.
soon as the Marion Square renovations were complete, the market
was moved back into the beautifully renovated park. Everyone agreed
it is the perfect permanent home for the Charleston Farmers Market.
that "metamorphosis," the success of the CFM has been
phenomenal. During its longer season - from April through December
- the market features 100 vendors: farmers, growers, artists, crafters,
ready-to-eat food vendors, plus live entertainers. Among the huge
array of goodies for sale are fresh produce, including organically
grown items; plants, flowers and herbs; handmade pasta and pasta
sauce; fresh local shrimp; bakery items, coffee and tea; jams and
jellies; pickled cucumbers, green tomatoes, okra and green beans,
addition, the market offers handmade fine crafts, jewelry, pottery,
baskets, art, photographs and more. Sidewalk café dining
and live musical entertainment round out the format with food concession
vendors selling tempting offerings to enjoy in the park's lovely,
shady setting: crepes, omelets, tacos, quesadillas, desserts, designer
coffee and tea. The size of the crowds attending the market each
week averages between 1,500 and 2,000, although during the Piccolo
Spoleto Festival and December's Holiday Magic, there can be as many
as 4,000 to 5,000 in a day.
year, Travel and Leisure Magazine named the Charleston Farmers market
one of the 10 best farmers markets in America.
weekly Charleston Farmers Market has become an integral part of
our thriving community and we are looking forward to another successful
season," Mayor Riley says. "The wide variety of wonderful
items to purchase at the market makes it everyone's favorite Saturday
morning destination. It is like a great weekly festival of food,
art, crafts, music and fun for the whole family - a place to visit
with your friends and meet new ones, too. It's one more example
of why Charleston is one of America's most livable cities."
2009 Charleston Farmers Market begins on April 11 at Marion
Square. The official ribbon cutting will take place at 10:30 a.m.
with Mayor Pro Tem Robert Mitchell and Charleston City Council Member
Yvonne Evans, a longtime member of the CFM Advisory Board, officiating.
CFM Manager Sarah Cothran and I will assist with the unveiling of
the 2009 poster image, "Watermelon Sky," by Lisa Shimko.
Entertainment for opening day of the market will be the great bluegrass
group South Carolina Broadcasters.
hours for the market are 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Saturday. It's
the very best place to be on Saturday morning in Charleston! We
hope to see you all there.
Dressler Moryl is director of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural
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forget about MUSC's farmers market
wanted to let you know, if you were not aware, that MUSC does its
own sort of farmers market, but it is open to the public. It's every
Friday from7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Horseshoe area on Ashley Avenue
across from Blend or the Wickliffe House. I am hoping to try it
out this week or next and very much looking forward to just hopping
over there from my office on my lunch break!
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to highlight new discoveries about Fort Sumter
information about Fort Sumter's construction and events leading
up to the start of the Civil War will be the focus of a Charleston
Museum program on May 2. The program, which runs from 12:30 p.m.
to 5 p.m., will conclude with a visit to the fort in Charleston
Russell Horres, a volunteer researcher and guide for the National
Park Service, will begin the program with a talk at the museum.
For many years, Horres has studied and transcribed the Fort Sumter
copy-letter book in the museum's archives. His research with this
U.S. Army Engineers letter book, kept from July 1857 to April 9,
1861, provided a wealth of information on the construction of the
fort, details of its design, daily life and conditions there, and
events preceding the start of the war. By tracing the correspondence
back to the National Archives, Horres uncovered even more information,
including the involvement of slaves at the installation and the
sources of brick for the fort. The museum's archivist will have
this rarely-exhibited copy-letter book available to participants
during the program.
cost for the program is $30 for museum members and $35 for nonmembers
(the fee includes boat transportation to Fort Sumter). Advance reservations
are required, preferably by April 24. Participants are responsible
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Art and House tour to benefit Gibbes Museum
local volunteer group Gibbes, etc., will sponsor the ninth annual
Kiawah Island Art and House Tour on April 17. The tour, which runs
from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., raises money to support the Gibbes Museum
Kiawah homes that showcase spectacular art collections will be open
for the tours, with each house also featuring dramatic views of
the salt marsh, ocean, woodlands or river. Tickets are $55 and include
an admission to the Gibbes. They can be purchased at the Gibbes
Museum Store online
here or by calling 722-2706, ext. 18.
etc., is composed of Kiawah Island women dedicated to the support
of the museum. Since 2001, the group has raised more than $600,000
to help fund traveling exhibitions and art education projects in
the community. For more information, go to http://www.gibbesetc.org.
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Lamboll was born around 1725, probably in Charleston. Historians
believe that she was the daughter of Richard Pitts, a local silversmith.
She married Thomas Lamboll in November 1743. He was thirty years
her senior, and she was his third wife. The couple had one daughter.
contributed to the establishment and advancement of scientific gardening
in colonial South Carolina. As a skilled amateur gardener, she created
one of Charleston's earliest gardens, composed primarily of indigenous
flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees. Lamboll lived in a house
located on the northwest corner of King and Lamboll Streets near
the Ashley River. Her garden was landscaped directly south of the
sharing seeds and roots with local gardening enthusiasts, Lamboll
may have taught the nursery owner Martha Daniel Logan her gardening
techniques. Lamboll showed people useful applications of berries
and roots obtained from plants growing in their gardens. Lamboll's
friendship with the Philadelphia naturalist John Bartram helped
him become the premier botanist in the American colonies. She alerted
him to previously unknown plant species, which he described and
documented for botanical publications.
Lamboll enthusiastically pursued gardening, her husband corresponded
with Bartram, telling him about the plants she was gathering to
ship to him and explaining her cultivation methods. In a letter
dated February 16, 1761, Thomas Lamboll revealed how his wife diligently
managed her gardens. He outlined the steps she followed to prepare
plant beds with mold and to raise or flatten ground as needed to
assure adequate moisture for vegetation. Elizabeth Lamboll carefully
saved rainwater for her plants and exposed it to sunlight so that
cold water would not shock plants. She covered her garden beds with
leaves in winter. While planting, Lamboll cleaned roots, removed
insects, and used her fingers to dig holes to place roots and seeds.
1760 Bartram reported that Lamboll had sent him "two noble
cargoes" that initiated a regular exchange of plants such as
the magnolia tripetala, or umbrella tree, indigenous to South Carolina.
On April 30, 1761, Thomas Lamboll sent Bartram a list of "Flowers
& Herbs" that his wife "is fond of procuring,"
including tulips, aniseed, and peonies. A year later Thomas Lamboll
inventoried the contents of his wife's shipments to Bartram, which
consisted of oaks, roses, lilies, honeysuckle, asters, and holly.
died in Charleston in October 1770. Her daughter, Mary Lamboll Thomas,
continued to ship plants to John Bartram's son, William Bartram,
as her mother had sent specimens to his father.
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Jazz artist Rene Marie. (Photo by Ned Radinsky courtesy
folks at the Spoleto Festival are helping arts patrons keep an eye
on their wallets this year with a new Ways
to Save section at the festival's Web site. The site will feature
new offers every week, and some will only be available online. Here
are seven world-class Spoleto performances that you can see for
$20 or less:
Lake Contemporary Ballet - Tickets start at $10.
"Das Lied von der Erde" - Tickets start at $10.
Requiem/Poulenc "Gloria" -
Tickets start at $10.
Violin Concerto/Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6
- Tickets start at $10.
Ailey American Dance Theater - Tickets
start at $15.
singer René Marie - Tickets
start at $15.
opera "Louise" - Tickets
start at $20.
a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and
he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial
shortage of fish and he will eat steak."
Show" host Jay Leno (1950 - )
Day: 7:05 p.m., April 9. The Charleston RiverDogs take
on the Rome Braves at Riley stadium in Charleston. More: Riverdogs.com.
Oyster Roast: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 10, Drayton Hall
Plantation, 3380 Ashley River Road, Charleston. Held in conjunction
with the Historic Charleston Foundation's annual Festival of Houses
and Gardens, the oyster roast and picnic includes local steamed
oysters, a Lowcountry buffet supper, beer, wine, and soft drinks.
Guests can also take a guided tour of Drayton Hall's main house.
Tickets: $45 adults, $20 children ages 6-18, and free for children
under 6. Tickets: HCF Events Office, 722-3405.
Day: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11, Charles Towne Landing
State Historic Site, 1500 Old Towne Road, west of the Ashley. Celebrate
the 339th anniversary of the "Birth of the Carolinas"
during Founders' Day. Living-history programs, demonstrations of
the firing of black powder cannons and muskets, re-enactments and
other activities showing how Charleston's first English settlers
lived in 1670. Cost: $5 adults, $3 ages 6-15, $3.25 for S.C. seniors
or disabled. Details
EGGstravaganza: 11 a.m. April 11, Hampton Park. The city
of Charleston's largest Easter egg hunt includes a magic show, games,
a jump castle, refreshments and even a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Free to children 12 and younger. Sponsored by the city of Charleston.
Forrest Run 5K":
4:15 p.m. April 11, beginning at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.
Sponsored by the Charleston RiverDogs, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and
Coburg Dairy, the race is a fundraiser for the Storm Eye Institute
at MUSC. The race finishes at home plate, where runners are greeted
by the RiverDogs' players before the start of that evening's game
against the Rome Braves. Registration: $25 if received by March
27 (includes T-shirt, one ticket to baseball game and post-race
party with dinner from Bubba Gump's); $30 after March 27. Registration
forms available at the RiverDogs Box Office at Riley Park, Bubba
Gump Shrimp Co., The Extra Mile Running Shop and online at www.riverdogs.com
Garden Tours: 4 p.m. each Friday in April, Heyward-Washington
House, 87 Church St., Charleston. The Heyward-Washington House garden
includes plants that were introduced to the Lowcountry no later
than 1791. Visitors will see camellias, tea olives, boxwoods, native
azaleas, yellow begonias, roses, herbs and more. Cost: $10 for adults,
$5 for ages 3-12 (free for Charleston Museum members); includes
both the garden and house tours. More info: 722-2996, ext. 235.
ONGOING AND SOON
Charleston Foundation Festival of Houses and Gardens: Ongoing
March 19 through April 18, various sites. Tours feature
the interiors and gardens of approximately 150 historic private
homes in 10 colonial and antebellum neighborhoods during the peak
of the city's springtime blooms. Other events include Plantation
Picnics at Drayton Hall Plantation, daily walking tours through
the Old and Historic District, "Eat and Run" luncheons,
harbor tours, book signings, etc. Proceeds benefit the work of the
Historic Charleston Foundation. Tickets/more info: 723-1623 or by
is Good' Conference: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17, Charleston
Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd., Charleston. Presented by the Charleston
RiverDogs and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the conference
is designed to show business owners and organization managers how
to empower their staffs and achieve success. The RiverDogs' famous
"Fun is Good" philosophy emphasizes that laughter is not
just the best medicine, but can also be the key ingredient in turning
a floundering business into a profitable one or jump-starting a
stalled career. Keynote speakers include RiverDogs co-owner Mike
Veeck. Cost: $125 per person. Registration
Mixer: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 17, Folly Beach Fishing
Pier. Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission's popular
Moonlight Mixers series returns for another season, with nine mixers
scheduled for April through Septemeber. DJ Rob Duren will play oldies
and beach music for dancing. Food and beverages will be available
for purchase. Cost: In advance, $8 for Charleston County residents,
$10 for nonresidents; at the gate (if available), $10. Sellouts
are common, so advance purchases are recommended. More
info/other mixer dates.
of the Fleet:
11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26, Alhambra Hall, Mount Pleasant.
Enjoy samples of local restaurants' best seafood dishes, live music
by the East Coast Party Band, shrimp-eating and shagging contests,
arts and crafts, and a parade of decorated shrimp trawlers at the
22nd annual festival. Admission is free; tickets will be sold for
food samples. More
info, including a list of other "Week With the Fleet"
In this section,
we offer a list of good reads that you might want to consider reading:
Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson
Turn in the South, V.S. Naipaul
Book of Marie, Terry Kay
Jazz, Jack McCray
Deep: 20 Classic Sports Stories,
Gary Smith (review)
Be Sober in the Morning: Great Comebacks, Putdowns, and Ripostes,
Chris Lamb (List)
Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman, Merle Miller
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New local music CD
Uses of social media
Time for renovations
Dog days at Drayton
Get it clean
Cheer on US rugby
Dress for Success
Field to Families
Book burning event
on car tags
way of tithing?
green bus here
Mt. P. promo
weekend at home
P. Farmers Market
Food + Wine Festival
Creek park input
bald eagles thrive
man moves up in contest
to old clunker
to squeeze in
is in the air
at the ballpark
leaves great legacy
positive about economy
at three books
hood on "reform" efforts
book is great pleasure
band is inspiring
know you're from...
the school menu
Day Fest facts
to bid on
in the sun
go the lights
on duck race