As farmers markets across Beaufort County prepare for spring awakenings, a new Hilton Head Island open-air venture will provide another venue for locally grown produce and fresh seafood.
The Hilton Head Island Farmers Market will have its grand opening at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 1 and continue each Friday at the same time through October.
It joins the farmers market at the Mall at Shelter Cove, which mall general manager Roni Allbritton said is tentatively scheduled to return May 19 and be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursdays until Aug. 25.
Hilton Head Island Farmers Market co-manager Pamela Ovens said 10 local farmers and 11 vendors have signed up to sell their wares, which include leafy greens, berries and baked goods.
The Coastal Discovery Museum also will have a booth to sell jars of Honey Horn honey gathered on the property.
All vendors must grow at least half of what they sell and hail from within a 100-mile radius of the island, Ovens said.
"We are trying to attract families so they can bring their children to show them that food doesn't just come off of the grocery store shelves," Ovens said.
Later in the season, the market will feature book signings, local art and chef's demonstrations of recipes that use produce available for purchase that week, Ovens said.
Ovens said she has contacted other county market managers to swap ideas and advice, but the Hilton Head market will have its own character.
"All markets take on their own personalities," Ovens said, citing the block-party atmosphere of the Bluffton Farmers Market and the village setting of the Habersham Farmers Market in Beaufort.
Other farmers markets preparing for spring openings:
NORTHERN BEAUFORT COUNTY
SOUTHERN BEAUFORT COUNTY