West Ashley Farmers Market huge success

West Ashley Farmers Market huge success
November 20 15:39 2016 Print This Article

The West Ashley Farmers Market concluded its first season with thousands in attendance on Sunday. The event debuted in September with weekly Wednesday afternoon and evening gatherings. The market features live music, local produce, crafts and prepared food.

The event is held at Ackerman Park on Sycamore Road, across from the Post Office. There are 500 parking spaces available in the lot which used to house Ryan’s Family Steakhouse and Food Lion on St. Andrews Boulevard. The Wednesday market events featured 35 local vendors, which applied through the Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs. The vendor roster was expanded to 55 for the Sunday finale.

Event coordinator Harrison Chapman says the West Ashley Community has embraced the market. “It gives people the opportunity to gather with their neighbors, patronize local businesses and have some fun,” he said on the sun-drenched Sunday afternoon. He said that many local craftsmen were added for the finale.

First-time vendor Josh Zalabak is with Birdseye Bowties, which produces wooden bowties. He said the company does the majority of sales on-line and that the market gets new people a chance to see his product. Another first-time vendor, Jade Cahoon with River Town Granola, produces hand-crafted granola in North Charleston. She was glad to see the large crowd and the potential new customers. Her product features whole grains and all-natural ingredients.

Chapman says that the West Ashley Farmers Market will resume in April at Ackerman Park on Wednesdays.