Farmers Market Finds loves highlighting the impact that farmers markets have on local communities. The Wilmington Island Farmers Market is a market on a tiny island, making a big difference. Wilmington Island is a coastal island between Savannah, Georgia and Tybee Island. If you’ve never been down that way, the area is a wonderful mix of southern architecture, lush mossy trees, and beaches filled with sand dollars and dolphin sightings; truly a slice of heaven. Going into its 3rd year, the Wilmington Island Farmers Market capitalizes on its surroundings with three clear focuses – community, kids, and cooking!
The Wilmington Island Farmers Market realized early that children were the glue in attracting visitors to the market. Focusing on the youngest members of the community attracted parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends to come to the market and spend the day. The wide range of children’s activities that run each Saturday include a Healthy Kids Club sponsored by Whole Foods, story time, and live entertainment. The Market occasionally even gets “Enchanted” with princes, princesses, and super heroes entertaining and interacting with market visitors throughout the day. I like to think of this market as “Kid Friendly, Mother Approved.”
The Wilmington Island Farmers Market runs two sessions each year. The spring session runs from March-June and the fall session runs from September – December. This year the market reopens on September 5th with a wide variety of programs and special events. While the market has many options for children and families it also sponsors a host of events focusing on cooking and community. Neighbors get together to enjoy live entertainment and on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. The Market also hosts a “guest chef” program. The guest chef, usually from a local restaurant, provides the market with a cooking demonstration using ingredients from the market vendors. Also, on the 1st Saturday of the month, the market plays host to an artisan market featuring a wide variety of hand-made products and on the last Saturday of the month the Market sponsors a crafty corner where you can learn a new craft or DIY skill.
On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays, the Market presents its Shop with the Chef program. During this program visitors shop the Market with a local chef who explains the variations of products, available substitutions, recipes and cooking tips. This is hugely beneficial for people like me who are slightly handicapped in the kitchen! It is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to learn more about the products grown around them how to use those products and how to create healthy meals using local fruits and vegetables. A dedicated staff of volunteers ensures each market runs smoothly. So when you’re in the neighborhood, make sure to go say ‘hello’ and enjoy all the wonderful events and products the Wilmington Island Farmers Market has to offer.
Wilmington Island Farmers Market
111 Walthour Rd @ Islands Community Church
Wilmington Island, GA 31410
September 5 – December 19 (Saturday’s Only) 9 am – 1 pm
2016 Spring Sessions
March – June (Saturday’s Only) 9 am – 1 pm