The past couple years I’ve done a happy dance once May 1 rolls around. Not just because it’s around the time I’ll start swimming in the ocean, but because it marks the official start of farmers market season here along the Grand Strand. Before tourism was the number one industry in Horry County (where Myrtle Beach is located), farming and agriculture drove our local economy. While the area evolved as more and more people came to visit, it is still home to a number of outstanding farming operations that provide us with fantastic seasonal produce meat products, eggs, honey and so much more.

Lately, a group called the Waccamaw Market Cooperative has really worked at organizing vendors, scheduling markets for different days in different areas of the county, and actually marketing the different markets. Each of their farmers markets have grown both in size and quality, and any of them are worth a visit. The boys and I have so much fun spending the morning or afternoon picking out our dinner, and some of the markets even have live music or other activities like free yoga on site.

Here is their 2018 Farmers Market Schedule:

Surfside Beach
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 1 through October 30
Corner of Surfside Drive and Willow Drive North

Little River
Wednesdays, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
May 2 through October 24
4460 Mineola Avenue

North Myrtle Beach
Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 4 through October 26
925 1st Avenue South

Conway
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May 5 through October 27
Corner of Laurel Street and 2nd Avenue

Georgetown
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May 5 through October 27
122 Screven Street

Market Common
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 21 through September 29
Deville Street, Myrtle Beach

For more information on different farmers market activities or the Waccamaw Market Cooperative, visit their website at WaccamawMarkets.org.