Farmer’s Market Favorite: Field Peas, Rice and Tomatoes!

Field Peas, Rice and Tomatoes

Looks delicious, right? The Charleston Farmer’s Market (CFM) is off and running… and it couldn’t be better! Fabulous fruits, veggies, crafts, art, and all kinds of treats for both humans and our four legged friends. We try to get there early because it gets crazy busy which is fabulous! I remember back in 2008 the CFM was ranked 5th Best Farmer’s Market in the Country! CFM has also been named the Top Outdoor Event by the Charleston City Paper readers for the last four years in a row! This year will be no exception!

We headed there last Saturday and stocked up… gorgeous, juicy tomatoes, crisp radishes and these fabulous field peas… What a treat to eat something so fresh and wonderful! I simply browned 2 pieces of bacon (I bought 2 pieces of bacon from EarthFare – best ever!), cut up an onion and threw that in, once it was translucent, I added the rinsed and drained  field peas, covered them with water, brought to a boil and left the cover partially on… Then I started a pot of rice, and by the time the rice was finished dinner was ready! OH! Everything was so delicious!

Here’s a blip about the Charleston Farmer’s Market from their website:


Regular CFM Hours
April 13 – December 21, 2013
Saturdays 8:00am – 2:00pm

Select Sundays:
Piccolo Spoleto Festival Hours 9:00am-3:00pm
May 26, June 2 & 9

Holiday Magic Hours 9:00am-3:00pm
December 1, 8, & 15

Marion Square
King & Calhoun Streets
Admission: FREE

Founded by Mayor Joe Riley in 1989, and the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, the Charleston Farmers Market is produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, in cooperation with the City of Charleston Parks Department.  Over the years, the Charleston Farmers Market has received numerous awards: in 2005, the Charleston Farmers Market newly revitalized and relocated back in the renovated Marion Square, received the Three Sisters Award from the Charleston Save the City Committee; in 2008, the Market was ranked by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the top 10 best Farmers Markets in the nation; and in the Charleston City Paper reader’s poll, “Best Of,” the Charleston Farmers Market was named Best Outdoor Event in 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012!

Now, permanently located in Marion Square, the heart of historic downtown Charleston, S.C., the CFM is open each Saturday, from April to December, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with select Sundays During the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and Holiday Magic. The CFM is dedicated to the support the advocacy of Lowcountry farmers and growers. We offer a variety of local produce, plants, herbs and cut flowers as well as breakfast and lunch Vendors, live entertainment and an assortment of juried arts and crafts from local artisans. Attracting citizens and visitors alike, the CFM is the community connection every Saturday morning from April through December, bringing together people from all parts of the Lowcountry and beyond.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

4 thoughts on “Farmer’s Market Favorite: Field Peas, Rice and Tomatoes!

    1. Susan, let us know if you visit… I can certainly point out some things that would seal the deal, hee hee… Fred and I originally wanted to retire to Maine, BUT Charleston has so much to offer. It has a huge art presence, which we both love, lots of art walks and events. Fabulous artists come to paint here, and its so much fun meeting them. We have beautiful galleries, great food (AWESOME FOOD!!!), a pleasant atmosphere (most of the time, summer, esp. July/Aug can be hot and humid, BUT winter we are outside every day)… we have great greenways to walk/bike, and fabulous grocery stores (high on my list). It’s a fabulous city! Our Farmer’s Market is one of the absolute best. Truly a treasure!!


  1. Yes, your farmers’ market is very good. Had some food there last summer. Going to Santa Fe this July and I’ll post some photos from their fabulous Farmers’ Market there. Quite a bit different food than Charleston. Going to ours in St. Paul this Saturaday, too.


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