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27 Jun 2017
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The Lowcountry is cool for many reasons, including area farmer's markets. No doubt about it, farmer's markets are hot.  They are a terrific way to get a real sense of a community  -  the local cuisine, crafts, culture, agriculture, people. It’s hard to be against eating local and supporting area farmers.   Farmer's markets are also a great way to stock the pantry shelves of your beach house with the freshest possible produce and other Lowcountry specialties. If you’re in Charleston, you are near one of the best farmers’ markets in the country.  The Charleston Farmer's Market downtown at Marion Square takes place Saturday mornings and has been named to many of the nation’s best lists. If you’re in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals this week, there is one that’s even closer and more convenient.  It’s the Sullivan’s Island Farmer's Market.  This is a relative newcomer on the scene, just getting its sea legs, and is of a rather short duration.   However, it's already amassed a loyal following. If you have a chance, you should check out the last installment of their season, this coming Thursday, June 28th, from 2:30 – 7:00 p.m.  The market venue is on the grassy lawn across from the Poe Library on Sullivan’s, right near the elementary school (SIES).  For your GPS, the address is 1921 I’On Avenue, Sullivan’s Island. Here’s their Facebook page.  

In addition to farmer's markets, there's also a Special Night Market back again...

  Also going on this Thursday, June 29th is a special celebration of a Charleston icon, the historic City Market. Located between East Bay and Meeting Street, it’s a great place to find souvenirs, unusual local products, handmade Lowcountry items (including the ever-popular sweetgrass basket), lovely jewelry, you name it. City Market underwent a major renovation a while back, and now it’s better than ever.  The lower two buildings are still open-air, but they completely enclosed and climate-controlled the building closest to Meeting Street and really upped the quality of the permanent vendors there. Well, now that warm weather is here, the Night Market is officially back in season, on Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30 till 10:30 p.m. till December.  It’s a festive atmosphere with live music and an evening vibe, in the buildings between Church Street and East Bay. This Thursday June 29th, though, they’re honoring the Night Market in a special way.  It kicks off at 6:45 p.m. with a performance by the Taylors First Baptist Choir.  With more than 60 members, it’ll entertain the crowd with rousing tunes, including Motown favorites. Then, at 7:15, get set for the awards ceremony hosted by Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg in Anson Square.  He’ll be handing out special tiles with the City Market seal, to recognize honorees, artisans and merchants selling certified local products.  When you’re shopping the market, be sure to look for these tiles to make sure you are purchasing authentic Lowcountry items. By the way, you can feel especially good about the things you purchase there.  Almost 94% of night vendors and 72% of day vendors make goods with material that is either natural (think sweetgrass, shells or wood), reclaimed or recycled.

Great gas prices in South Carolina

  I’ve blogged about it before, and I’ll probably blog about it again.  Gas prices near our SC vacation rentals are often in the news.  The reason?  They are among the lowest in the country. The price of crude has dropped, and as a result gas prices are generally falling across the country.  Here in South Carolina, the price per gallon fell four cents from just last week, now hovering at a statewide average of $1.93.  This figure is 6.5 cents less than one year ago, and 12.4 cents lower that one month ago. Officially, once again, South Carolina has the lowest gas prices in the nation.  Plus right now, Charleston is averaging even less than that, $1.91 per gallon. Gas prices are the lowest since Thanksgiving.  This news is bucking the normal trend of spiking prices during the peak travel months of summer. Patrick DeHaan, who is a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy, had this to say:  "As motorists pack their cars in preparation for the July 4 holiday, gasoline prices continue their widespread drop, falling in all but five states over the last week, as retail prices play catch up to the falling price of crude oil." Those five states where prices rose include Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan. On the happier end of the spectrum, five other states all average below $2 per gallon.  They are South Carolina (of course), Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Prices vary widely around the Lowcountry.  In fact as of early this week, a station in North Charleston was selling gas for $1.69 per gallon. To track down the lowest price near you, check out the handy app by Live 5 News.  It shows the latest local news and weather as well as the lowest gas prices in the Lowcountry, available for iPhone and Android.  They also have a gas price feature on their website. Here’s MORE on the story from the Post & Courier.  Click HERE for more from Live 5 News. So remember, when you are looking for Isle of Palms luxury rentals, contact EP.  We have the coolest ones around. All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger