A Fresh Look at Oconee County's Farm-to-Table Markets

As we chase away the brutal South Carolina summer heat and welcome fall with open arms, the fresh markets in and near Oconee County, SC burgeon with the year's final offering of prime harvest before frosty temperatures settle in. So grab a bag and stock up on the last fresh flavors of the year – there's nothing like the taste of farm-to-table fare.

Seneca Farmer's Market, Seneca SC
Nestled right in the heart of downtown Seneca, local farmers and artisans display their reapings and other wares every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 6:00 am til noon. (And if you don't find what you're looking for here, Redmond Boy's Produce is just a stone's throw away.)

Chattooga Belle Farm, Long Creek SC
Enjoy fresh produce and the most beautiful views in Oconee County all in one trip. Muscadine grapes, pears, figs, peaches, persimmons, and over 20 varieties of apples typically headline their late season offerings, but you can also visit their website to see exactly what's in store before you make the drive.

Louderbranch Farms Midway Market, Walhalla SC
Spanning the gamut of all things holistic living, you'll find fresh produce, meats, eggs, and honey brought straight from nearby Louderbranch Farms. They've also partnered with other farms in the area to bring you homemade jams, jellies, raw milk, soups, salsas, soaps, lotions, and candles. Bring a basket: you're going to need it.

Foothills Heritage Market, Westminster SC
With over 40 local vendors and growing, you'll find more than just fresh produce here. Combining farm fresh edibles like vegetables, eggs, meats and milk with homemade soaps, woodcrafts, and crocheted items, you can fill your fridge and your living room all in the same stop. Open Saturdays 8:00 am til noon May through October.

Denver Downs, Anderson SC
The fact that this market closes right after Labor Day is a real Down-er, but if you hurry you can take advantage of their summer crops: peaches, blueberries, tomatoes, okra, squash, peppers, potatoes, and watermelon, to name a slight few! You'll also find local raw honey, sausage, peanuts, milk, and even fresh shrimp imported straight from the SC coast. Click here for hours of operation.

Berry Acres, Anderson SC
Plan to spend your whole morning here, and bring the kids. Open from 8:00 am until noon Monday through Saturday, you can pick your own blueberries, or purchase pre-picked ones in the store, along with other fruits, jams, honey, ice cream, and baked goods. While you're there, check out the Play Patch (open weekends only in the fall), where you can explore the corn maze and pumpkin patch, catch a hay ride, or coast down the 150-ft hill slide, to name a few highlights.

Alli Hill is an Oconee County native who enjoys all things fall, especially the farmer's markets. She grows blueberries, pecans, black walnuts and rosemary every year, and hopes to eventually branch into honey production.