Habitat farmer’s market open weekly
Anyone looking to take home yellow, green or red tomatoes can now do so in Goose Creek.
Citizens can also gather woodturnings, knitted stitches, sautéed rainbow carrots, kettle corn, raw milk, organic ice cream, okra or sweet strawberries and peaches in the same place.
This and much more is what thrift shoppers saw May 29 at the first ReStore Farmer’s Market at the Berkeley County Habitat For Humanity ReStore on Belknap Drive in Goose Creek.
Months of planning went into the market that makes available local, organic produce and handcrafted items every Wednesday from 2 – 8 p.m.
Five farms, assorted artisans, food vendors and a chiropractor made up the 15 or so vendors.
Goose Creek resident Fred Holsclaw sells woodturnings through his Duck Ditch Turner business. Pepper mills, salt grinders, coffee grinders, wine stoppers, oyster knives, ice cream scoopers and cylindrical boxes with finely detailed whittlings are at his booth.
The “interdental stimulator holder” is one of his most uniquely named items.
“I took an Air Force flight back from Germany in the ‘60s and in the meal package was an ‘interdental stimulator’ – a toothpick,” he said. “That stuck with me.”
“Okra is one of our specialties,” Virginia Rivers of Rivers Vegetable Market in Knightsville said. “We sell it by the bushel, half-bushel or the pound . . . any way you want it.”
Helen Fields of Joseph Fields Farms on Johns Island sells yellow tomatoes (which appear more orange in color) and says they are less acidic. “If you have acid reflux that’s what you need to eat,” Fields said.
Joseph Fields Farms has 50 acres of certified organic land that is approved by Clemson and recertified every year, she said. They also sell lettuce, chard, kale, radishes, spinach, collards, cabbage, carrots, broccoli, green tomatoes, green beans and purple beans. “When hot water touches the purple bean it turns green,” Fields said.
R.C. Turner of Turner’s Farm Fresh in Bowman sells several dairy products from a walk-in freezer on the back of his truck. He specializes in goat cheese, goat milk, mild and sharp cheddar, pepper jack, tomato basil and blue cheese.
Turner is also and advocate of raw and low pasteurized milk. He said this milk is straight from the cow to the fridge after going through a filter.
He said the low pasteurized milk can be consumed by lactose intolerant people – many of whom don’t believe him when he tells them. He let a skeptical local mayor try some and he’s been back every week, Turner said.
“Our milk was bottled yesterday,” he said. “Grocery store milk is about 10 days old when it gets put up for sale.”
Another Turner specialty is handmade organic ice cream that comes in flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, banana, peach, butter pecan, orange peach, black cherry, orange pineapple, moose track, cookie dough, cherry vanilla and butter finger.
“We can make any flavor you want,” Tuner said. “You just tell us what you want.”
ReStore Manager Kathi Cotterill said the atmosphere was good and the market went well for it being the first week with no advertising and no word of mouth.
By about 7 p.m. the crowd had dwindled. She said she may tweak the hours at some point depending on the amount of shoppers.
“The ReStore is a fun environment and I hope that will spill over into the market,” Cotterill said. “The variety of what the ReStore offers changes every single minute.”
Mandi Martin is on the Berkeley Habitat board of directors and is the market coordinator. She has been planning the farmer’s market since the beginning of the year.
“We hope farmer’s market customers will enjoy shopping at the ReStore and ReStore customers will enjoy shopping at the market,” Martin said. “We hope it’s a win-win between the two entities.”
The ReStore normally closes at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays but will remain open for the duration of the farmer’s market until 8 p.m. until further notice.