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Season opener draws crowd, despite clouds, at Charleston Farmer's market

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Farmer's market opened under cloudy skies Saturday at Marion Square in historic downtown Charleston.

That didn't stop the crowds from flowing into the city square, on opening weekend of the renowned city attraction.

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley founded the farmer's market in 1989, with the help of the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service.

The seasonal market is dedicated to the support and advocacy of Lowcountry farmers, growers, and artisans, and is produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, in cooperation with the City of Charleston Parks Department and Special Events Committee.

"We need it," said Johns Island farmer Robert Fields.  "This is the only way we can sell."

In 2008, the attraction ranked among the 10 best Farmers Markets in the nation, under rankings released by Travel + Leisure magazine.

Margaret Isaac, a Georgia resident visiting the market for the second time, braved the elements to spend the afternoon in Marion Square.

"I like it that it's a blend of home-made art, soaps, and produce," she said.

"It's just a great environment."

The market is open every Saturday through November 28, with special dates during the Christmas holiday and Piccolo Spoleto.

Admission is free.

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