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Apr 06 2016

Farmers’ Market Begins On Sullivan’s Island

By Jennifer Tuohy, Island Eye News Editor

The layout for the Sullivan’s Island Farmers’ Market.

The layout for the Sullivan’s Island Farmers’ Market.

The first ever Sullivan’s Island Farmers’ Market begins Thursday, April 7, and continues weekly through June 30. The much-anticipated event will be held at 19201 I’On Avenue, in the area in front of Poe Library and Battery Gadsden.

Olinda Olives & Olive Oil will be available to buy at the market.

Olinda Olives & Olive Oil will be available to buy at the market.

The market offers a hand-picked selection of 22 area-vendors, offering locally-grown, fresh produce, farm products, plants specialty food, artisan crafts, live entertainment and more. It will run from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Vendors at the new Sullivan’s Island Farmers’ Market Farmers/Grower Plant The Earth, Sullivan’s Island - plants, vegetables, flowers Blue Pearl Farms, McClellanville - blueberries, honey & beeswax products, farm-made blueberry sauces. Wishingbone Heritage Farms, McClellanville - eggs, meats, honey, cut herbs Salty Seafood & Vegetable Barn, Goose Creek - vegetables, salads, fresh juices, seafood Prepared Food Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse, Charleston - local artisanal cheese products Mitla Tortilleria, Charleston - organic tortillas Culinary Creations, Summerville - prepared dinners: entrees, sides & casseroles Rio Bertolinis Fresh Pasta Co., Charleston - homemade pasta products ready to bake meals Gelati Moto, Charleston - homemade gelato Addie Mae’s Cakery, Charleston - specialty desserts, cakes and cupcakes Olinda Olives & Olive Oil, Charleston - Extra virgin olive oil, natural brine olives, dirty martini brine Arts & Crafts Katsview Photography, Sullivan’s Island - photography, note cards The Charleston Soap Chef, John’s Island - bar soap, sugar scrub, honey butter moisturizer, scrubs, body wash, balms Terez, Mt. Pleasant - upcycled coffee sacks and vintage cloth made bags Sea & Stone, Mt. Pleasant - handmade jewellry Belart, Sullivan’s Island - stained glass and wood art Copacetic Creations, Mt. Pleasant - original art by WRHS student Non-Profit Lowcountry Critter Rescue, Charleston - animal rescues and adoption Audubon South Carolina, Sullivan’s Island - SI Environmental Education and bird rescue program Clemson Extension, Tri-County - planting, soil and educational outreach

Vendors at the new Sullivan’s Island Farmers’ Market
Farmers/Grower
Plant The Earth, Sullivan’s Island – plants, vegetables, flowers
Blue Pearl Farms, McClellanville – blueberries, honey & beeswax products, farm-made blueberry sauces.
Wishingbone Heritage Farms, McClellanville – eggs, meats, honey, cut herbs
Salty Seafood & Vegetable Barn, Goose Creek – vegetables, salads, fresh juices, seafood
Prepared Food
Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse, Charleston – local artisanal cheese products
Mitla Tortilleria, Charleston – organic tortillas
Culinary Creations, Summerville – prepared dinners: entrees, sides & casseroles
Rio Bertolinis Fresh Pasta Co., Charleston – homemade pasta products ready to bake meals
Gelati Moto, Charleston – homemade gelato
Addie Mae’s Cakery, Charleston – specialty desserts, cakes and cupcakes
Olinda Olives & Olive Oil, Charleston – Extra virgin olive oil, natural brine olives, dirty martini brine
Arts & Crafts
Katsview Photography, Sullivan’s Island – photography, note cards
The Charleston Soap Chef, John’s Island – bar soap, sugar scrub, honey butter moisturizer, scrubs, body wash, balms
Terez, Mt. Pleasant – upcycled coffee sacks and vintage cloth made bags
Sea & Stone, Mt. Pleasant – handmade jewellry
Belart, Sullivan’s Island – stained glass and wood art
Copacetic Creations, Mt. Pleasant – original art by WRHS student
Non-Profit
Lowcountry Critter Rescue, Charleston – animal rescues and adoption
Audubon South Carolina, Sullivan’s Island – SI Environmental Education and bird rescue program
Clemson Extension, Tri-County – planting, soil and educational outreach

 

 

The Town has been working on the project since last fall, when new councilmember Sarah Church proposed the event and spearheaded its creation. Recreation Committee members selected the vendors from an applicant pool of over 60.

Arbor Day Celebration Sullivan’s Island host’s an Arbor day Celebration, Thursday, April 28, 2 - 6 p.m., in conjunction with the Farmers’ Market. The event features educational activities such as discussions of tree biology, tree health, species selection and native species, there will also be a tree identification hike, scavenger hunt and free tree saplings for attendees

Arbor Day Celebration
Sullivan’s Island host’s an Arbor day Celebration, Thursday, April 28, 2 – 6 p.m., in conjunction with the Farmers’ Market. The event features educational activities such as discussions of tree biology, tree health, species selection and native species, there will also be a tree identification hike, scavenger hunt and free tree saplings for attendees

There were strict criteria for each category, including that farmers must grow at least 50 percent of the produce they sell, and anything purchased elsewhere must be disclosed.

The lineup for the first two markets includes locally grown plants and vegetables from Sullivan’s Island-based Plant The Earth, blueberries from Blue Pearl Farm in McClellanville and fresh seafood from Salty Seafood. The famed Rio Bertolinis will bring its delicious fresh pasta to the island and Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse will have a selection of local artisanal cheese products.

All of the vendors are local, coming from Mt. Pleasant, Goose Creek, Summerville, West Ashley and John’s Island. For some this is their first foray into the Charleston-area farmers’ market scene. Grace Newland is bringing her fledgling tortilla company Mitla Tortilleria to the inaugural market Thursday. The 12-monthold business just opened its first wholesale facility in West Ashley, and Newland is excited to bring her fresh, handmade tortillas to Sullivan’s Island’s residents and visitors.

The East Cooper area already has a lot of healthy lifestyle businesses and I think it will be a good market for me,” she says.

A lot of my customers are health conscious individuals looking for products that use only fresh ingredients, such as moms who like to serve their kids healthy meals, and people who don’t like bread or gluten.” Newland’s tortillas are made with non-GMO, organic ingredients and contain only four or five ingredients, none of which are preservatives. “I make the corn in the traditional way, starting with whole kernel corn that I boil in lime, rinse, grind and make into fresh massa to press into corn tortillas.” She also offer flour tortillas in different flavors, including chipotle, roasted red pepper, beet and truffle oil.

Alongside food, the market will feature a selection of arts and crafts vendors, live music from Sullivan’s Island acoustic bluegrass musician Marci Shore, and face painting and balloon art for the little ones.

To keep up with events and activities at the market be sure to Like the market’s Facebook page facebook.com/SIFARMERSMARKET.

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