A Special Happening in the Town of Bluffton
Written by Charlie Wetmore
ave you ever been to a Farmer’s Market? They can be a wonderful thing to see. Think fresh local items from local grower’s fields. Think lots of booths with people milling about checking out the variety of items. I have always enjoyed Famer’s Markets. I think of them as a Flea Market with healthy food (and without the cheesy trinkets). If you haven’t visited Bluffton’s Farmer’s Market yet this year you have been missing out on a wonderful thing.
First off – don’t go looking for it in last year’s location. You won’t find it. This year the organizers moved the market to one of the most beautiful places in town. The market is now located at the Oyster Company Park at the end of Wharf Street in Old Town Bluffton. I must say that I thoroughly enjoy the cool summer breezes as I wander through the market nestled under the tree canopy as I catch glimpses of the May River in the background. Apparently many other people enjoy this as well. There have been more and more people showing up every week. The last count I heard of was well over 1,000 people showing up to look around and shop.
What are some of the things you might find when you go? Well, of course there is plenty of fresh produce, fruit, plants and more. But this is Bluffton. It doesn’t stop there. What are some of the other things you find at the market? How about popcorn in different flavors? Yep. How about different volunteer organizations? Yep. How about food? Yep. Along those lines, you can find baked goods, seafood, fresh fruit, gumbo and Bluffton BBQ all ready to sink your teeth into.
I’ve also seen a bounce house for kids full of happy children. I’ve heard that the Fire Department will be bringing a truck every so often. There is often entertainment too – everything from a steel drum band to a barbershop quartet, depending on the week.
The organizers of the Bluffton Farmer’s Market have done a wonderful job of making it a place that people want to visit (and look forward to) week after week. They’ve given local farmers and merchants an outlet to sell their wares. They also have helped with economic development in Old Town Bluffton. The first week of the Farmer’s Market this year, I had the pleasure of cutting the ribbon on behalf of the Town of Bluffton. After enjoying the market that first day I stopped by one of the many shops on Calhoun Street. When I talked to the manager, he mentioned that he had been unusually busy that day. What a nice thing to happen as a result of the Farmer’s Market.
So, have you been to the Bluffton Farmer’s Market yet? Do you want to? Please do. Go, take your time and enjoy the day. Talk to the merchants and the other patrons. Enjoy the sounds, tastes and smells. I hope to see you there next week.
Oh, by the way, you might want to know when it is. It’s every Thursday from 3pm until 6pm. Every Thursday you can come and be a part of something special in the town of Bluffton.
One final note – thanks to all of you who came out to enjoy Bluff Fest and the fireworks in Bluffton. It was truly a fun day that I hope we repeat for many years to come.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at:
Council Member, Town of Bluffton