With the arrival of spring comes not just sunny, warm days and azaleas aplenty, but also a fresh harvest of Lowcountry produce. In April and May, greens, strawberries, asparagus, leeks and more are in season. With summer, get ready for juicy tomatoes and peaches, beans, blueberries and melons.
When it comes to Lowcountry produce, you can either grow it yourself or buy it. As members of Lowcountry Local First, we support buying locally-made items to help our beautiful community thrive. This nonprofit organization especially supports local farmers and encourages restaurants and locals to support their own community and small businesses.
If you want to buy your produce, consider shopping local farmers markets, which begin opening in spring. Perhaps the best known and the busiest is the Charleston Farmer’s Market Saturday mornings in Marion Square downtown. Not only will you find produce, but a variety of locally-made goods like jewelry, artwork, furniture and textiles.
Many other towns where you’ll find Sabal homes also host farmers markets. These include:
- Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, Tuesday evenings
- Summerville Farmers Market, Saturday mornings
- Goose Creek Farmers Market, Saturday mornings
- Sunday Brunch Farmers Market, West Ashley, Sunday mornings
Want to try your hand at growing your own Lowcountry produce like tomatoes or beans? Here are some tips to get you started from the Clemson Cooperative Extension:
- Group your plants in the garden by length of growing period.
- Make the garden as small as possible to cut down on maintenance and ideally place close to your house for easy watering and maintenance.
- Find a spot that can receive at least six hours of sun each day.
- Beans should ideally be planted late March, melons by mid April, peanuts by mid-May, sweet corn by the end of April and tomatoes by mid-April.
The Clemson Cooperative Extension offers more tips on fertilizing, watering and harvesting your vegetables, as well as selecting good seeds.
Which will you choose? Plant your own or buy local? Let us know and enjoy all the amazing fruits of the Lowcountry all spring and summer.