Beaufort News

New weekly farmers market coming to Beaufort

Another weekly farmers market is coming to Beaufort County, this one with a mid-19th century plantation as a backdrop and more than just fruit and vegetables to attract visitors.

The Pick Pocket Plantation Farmers Market will be open Tuesdays throughout the summer starting June 21, market coordinator Kathy Lambert said.

The 15-acre Pick Pocket Plantation is tucked behind Advance Auto Body on Robert Smalls Parkway, minutes from downtown Beaufort.

"Our community doesn't really know a lot about this property," Lambert said. "We felt it was a perfect environment for a healthy, wholesome community get-together."

Originally the Trask family plantation, the property was purchased years ago by John Keith, who restored it and now offers plantation tours and a full-service horse stable.

The market will feature fresh local produce, breads and pastries, fresh pasta, local specialty foods like jams and relishes, prepared foods, craft vendors, live music, and children's activities, including pony rides and face painting.

Children also can visit the chicken coop, watch horses in the paddock and see vegetables in the garden.

Market-goers can pay to tour the mid-19th century plantation grounds and main house, Lambert said.

The market will run from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays until Sept. 27, Lambert said.

"My vision is to have it every two weeks in the winter if there's enough support," she said.

Other farmers markets in Beaufort County include:

  • Habersham Farmers Market, 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays in Habersham near Beaufort.
  • Downtown Beaufort farmers market, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Freedom Park.
  • Port Royal Farmers Market, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays at Naval Heritage Park.
  • Bluffton Farmers Market, 2 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at Carson Cottages on Calhoun Street.
  • Buckwalter Traditional Farmers Market, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Buckwalter Place in Bluffton.
  • Hilton Head Island Farmers Market, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn.
  • Farmers market at the Mall at Shelter Cove, 8 a.m. to noon Thursdays on Hilton Head.
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