Charleston’s West Ashley Farmers Market will debut Sept. 14 in Ackerman Park — slated to operate every Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. through Oct. 26 in a pilot project resulting from thorough city-led research and public input.
Chosen for its popularity and accessible location, Ackerman Park at 55 Sycamore Ave. off Route 61 features dog runs, a protected skateboarding area, soccer fields and other amenities located on over 10 acres. The market will be jointly managed by the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs and its Parks Department.
Mayor John Tecklenburg expressed optimism for the West Ashley Farmers Market to serve as a channel for revitalization.
“The evening market hours will offer our community members the opportunity to visit the market on their way home from work, to do their grocery shopping and grab dinner with friends, family and neighbors,” Tecklenburg said.
Featuring fresh, in-season produce direct from farmers, live entertainment and family activities, the West Ashley Farmers Market will also provide offerings from vendors who source their ingredients locally. City leaders hope that the venue will enhance community spirit and serve to facilitate new partnerships.
Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs is now accepting applications from farmers and food vendors. Prospective participants may call 843-724-7305 or visit http://www.charlestonfarmersmarket.com/westashley/. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 8.