May is one of my favorite times of year here along the Grand Strand. Not just because it’s around the time I’ll start swimming in the ocean, but because it marks the official start of some of our larger area farmers markets. 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 has evolved as tourism has thrived, 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.

A local organization called the Waccamaw Market Cooperative organizes vendors and markets for different days in different areas of the county. Each of their farmers markets continue to grow 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 2019 Farmers Market Schedule:

North Myrtle Beach
Mondays
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 6 through Oct. 28
925 1st Avenue South
North Myrtle Beach, SC

Surfside Beach
Tuesdays
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 7 through October 29
Corner of Surfside Drive & Willow Drive North
Note: This Farmer’s Market often has live music!

Little River
Thursdays
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 9 through October 24
4460 Mineola Avenue
Little River, SC

Barefoot Landing
Fridays
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
May 3 through October 25
Dockside Village
Myrtle Beach, SC

The Market Common
Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 4 through September 28
Deville Street
Myrtle Beach, SC

Conway
Saturdays
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May 4 through October 26
Corner of Laurel Street & 2nd Avenue
Conway, SC

Georgetown
Saturdays
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May 4 through October 26
122 Screven Street
Georgetown, SC

For more information on the Waccamaw Market Cooperative’s farmers market activities, visit their website at WaccamawMarkets.org. In addition to their markets, Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s International Culinary Institute hosts a market on Thursdays from 1 to 6 p.m. on their campus near The Market Common (920 Crabtree Lane, Myrtle Beach). In addition to normal finds, they also carry pastries, artisan breads and smoked meats prepared by culinary students.