Summerville Farmers Market

One of my favorite things to do on Saturday mornings is to wander the Summerville Farmers Market.  It’s your typical Southern small town farmer’s market, with banjo pickers, popsicles and miles of fresh veggies grown just up the street.  Even it’s location {tucked behind Town Hall on Main Street} stereotypes the small town atmosphere!  The Summerville Farmers Market is straight out of a chick-flick featuring a small Southern town! Take a quick tour of our favorite booths and products. #farmersmarket #Summerville #CMB #SouthCarolina #smalltownlifeThe Summerville Farmers Market forms a loop around First Citizen’s Bank, with street and garage parking within feet of the market.  It also backs up to Short Central, which is a little cobblestoned street lined with boutique stores and cafes….a perfect stop for lunch after perusing the handmade goodies at the market.  The Summerville Farmers Market is open 8am-1pm on Saturdays, April through December, with live music starting at 10am each week.

Staying true to the picturesque stereotype…you’ll see toddlers and elderly couples dancing to bluegrass, kids with  King of Pop popsicle juice running down their chin, and dogs trotting beside Radio Flyer wagons full of flowers.  It seems like everyone knows everyone, and people are just as content to mingle and “window shop” as to truly do their weekly produce shopping.The Summerville Farmers Market is straight out of a chick-flick featuring a small Southern town! Take a quick tour of our favorite booths and products. #farmersmarket #Summerville #CMB #SouthCarolina #smalltownlifeAlthough it is totally worth a trip out to Summerville to experience it for yourself, I thought I’d give you a quick tour of some of my favorite vendors in the loop.  Just past the live music and face painting, you come to the gourmet food booths.  Honey, bread, spices and pizza sauce, just to name a few.  Click on the pictures to visit each vendor’s website.The Summerville Farmers Market is straight out of a chick-flick featuring a small Southern town! Take a quick tour of our favorite booths and products. #farmersmarket #Summerville #CMB #SouthCarolina #smalltownlifeThe Summerville Farmers Market is straight out of a chick-flick featuring a small Southern town! Take a quick tour of our favorite booths and products. #farmersmarket #Summerville #CMB #SouthCarolina #smalltownlifeNot pictured above, the line of about a dozen people patiently waiting for fresh pasta and ravioli from Rio Bertolini’s…. who regularly sells out!The Summerville Farmers Market is straight out of a chick-flick featuring a small Southern town! Take a quick tour of our favorite booths and products. #farmersmarket #Summerville #CMB #SouthCarolina #smalltownlifeThe Summerville Farmers Market is straight out of a chick-flick featuring a small Southern town! Take a quick tour of our favorite booths and products. #farmersmarket #Summerville #CMB #SouthCarolina #smalltownlifeI love all of the unique gift ideas that you can find all in one place at the Summerville Farmers Market.  As a handmade small business owner, I can really identify and appreciate the commitment and passion they have for their creations.  You can regularly see the craftsmen working on products or personalizing merchandise right there on the spot.  You’ll find wood products, all natural soaps and creams {that are awesome for eczema!}, handmade children’s clothing and accessories, candles, and even dog treats!The Summerville Farmers Market is straight out of a chick-flick featuring a small Southern town! Take a quick tour of our favorite booths and products. #farmersmarket #Summerville #CMB #SouthCarolina #smalltownlifeTucked in a little cul-de-sac of vendors is some fresh coffee from Summerville’s own Coastal Coffee Roasters, some jarred goods, and my girls’ personal favorite, KB’s Unique Creations.The Summerville Farmers Market is straight out of a chick-flick featuring a small Southern town! Take a quick tour of our favorite booths and products. #farmersmarket #Summerville #CMB #SouthCarolina #smalltownlife She handmakes all of her cork ornaments and bottle cap necklaces.  But our favorites to look at are her clothespin magnets.  A perfect gift for a teacher, each set is themed and has a magnet on the back to make it that much more versatile for refrigerators and chalkboards.The Summerville Farmers Market is straight out of a chick-flick featuring a small Southern town! Take a quick tour of our favorite booths and products. #farmersmarket #Summerville #CMB #SouthCarolina #smalltownlifeAbout this time on the loop, my littles usually start to itch for a snack, so we head for my preference {Kettle Corn Popcorn}…but really it’s a tough choice with all of the fresh and yummy goodies to choose from!The Summerville Farmers Market is straight out of a chick-flick featuring a small Southern town! Take a quick tour of our favorite booths and products. #farmersmarket #Summerville #CMB #SouthCarolina #smalltownlifeThe Summerville Farmers Market is straight out of a chick-flick featuring a small Southern town! Take a quick tour of our favorite booths and products. #farmersmarket #Summerville #CMB #SouthCarolina #smalltownlifeRound the corner, just past the Lil Red Barn food truck, you’ll pass a couple antique cars and then you come upon the gardeners.  Flowers down the entire length of the street, ready for planting and already arranged and ready for your kitchen table.The Summerville Farmers Market is straight out of a chick-flick featuring a small Southern town! Take a quick tour of our favorite booths and products. #farmersmarket #Summerville #CMB #SouthCarolina #smalltownlifeThe Summerville Farmers Market is straight out of a chick-flick featuring a small Southern town! Take a quick tour of our favorite booths and products. #farmersmarket #Summerville #CMB #SouthCarolina #smalltownlifeAs you peruse the pallets of greenery and pops of color, listen for the “whirrrrr, pop!” of the 1917 Meadows Grist Mill that The Flying Farmer uses to grind yellow corn into grits and meal right on site.The Summerville Farmers Market is straight out of a chick-flick featuring a small Southern town! Take a quick tour of our favorite booths and products. #farmersmarket #Summerville #CMB #SouthCarolina #smalltownlifeAnd suddenly, we’re in the homestretch of produce.  Our garden produces so much, that I usually don’t buy much…but it’s admittedly my favorite part of the Summerville Farmers Market.  Row after row of colors, blending one booth into another.  It’s hard to tell who you are buying from, not that it really matters…everything is beautiful and fresh and local.  My kids beg to taste the sweet raspberries and blackberries.  They are equally mesmerized by the different shapes and colors of some produce that they haven’t tried yet.  Promises of trying new foods come flying gout of their mouths as they persuade me to buy a few bags worth….we’ll see.  But hopefully, picking out their own food will encourage them to take one more bite of those collards….The Summerville Farmers Market is straight out of a chick-flick featuring a small Southern town! Take a quick tour of our favorite booths and products. #farmersmarket #Summerville #CMB #SouthCarolina #smalltownlifeWandering the Summerville Farmers Market has become one of our family weekend traditions.  In the midst of house projects, birthday parties and softball games that divide up our weekends… spending Saturday mornings as a family while supporting local businesses is how we stay grounded!

The Summerville Farmers Market is straight out of a chick-flick featuring a small Southern town! Take a quick tour of our favorite booths and products. #farmersmarket #Summerville #CMB #SouthCarolina #smalltownlife

Sunday Scripture: Honey

I got schooled in kindness by my eldest daughter the other day.  Our insane dog will let just about anyone into the house in the middle of the night without even twitching; but will bark incessantly at a car door three miles away.  And like clockwork, she went on a barking spree at the mailman who may or may not have even been in our neighborhood.  Right after I put the baby down for his nap.  Grrr.  My instinct is to yell at her, clap my hands, and get mad.  But the other day, as I was carrying on, Jayna took over.  “Mom, I got this,” she said, interrupting my noisy {and futile} attempts to shut the dog up.  And she left the room and went into the dining room where the dog was, out of sight.  And sure enough, the dog immediately got quiet.

So as Jayna walked back in the room, I asked her how she got Maggie to stop barking.  And Jayna simply said, “I killed her with kindness.”  I had taught this metaphor to her the week before when she was dealing with an annoying kid on the bus, never dreaming that she would apply it to the dog.

She went on to tell me that she just started petting Maggie and telling her that it was OK, it was just the mailman, and thanking her for “letting us know.”  And after she acknowledged and affirmed the dog, Maggie felt like she could stop barking.

So when I came across this beautiful print of Proverbs 16:24 from French Press Mornings, I just knew I had to use this as a Sunday Scripture for this week.Sunday Scripture: Like Honey #faith #killemwithkindness #SundayScriptureI am a sensitive soul.  I don’t respond well to criticism in general, but I find that my attitude towards it is greatly affected by how it is delivered.  And a sincere compliment goes a long way with me.  I had an older woman compliment how I handled some behavior in Publix the other day, and I ran on that high all week!  It made me feel like a rockstar, and encouraged me to respond with the same attitude and patience the next time a kid was pushing my buttons.  Hopefully I can remember these words this week when I feel like I need to kill somebody else with a little kindness!

Have a blessed week!

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