Mount Pleasant Magazine Sept-Oct 2023

32 | | remaining committed to not becoming overly commercialized. “Non-food companies frequently request booths,” explained Harvey. “It’s a good marketing opportunity, but we reserve the space we have for local food products so people can just enjoy community time and talk with the farmers and producers.” Preserving the tight-knit community feel of the farmers market is something that Mayor Will Haynie embraces, hosting regular Mayor at the Market outreach events where residents can ask questions and share ideas. “Mayor Haynie has been a huge supporter,” said Richter. “He is always at the market. He loves connecting with farmers and local business owners.” When COVID-19 made coming together as a community nearly impossible, the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market was one of the first events to resume, with a carefully executed plan that included increased precautions and social distancing. “As difficult as that time period was for people, the community was so grateful that we could keep this tradition alive in some form,” Harvey reflected. While the farmers market has evolved over time, Harvey wants to protect what it has become and keep it from growing too big and losing its charm. “People appreciate how it feels like an old small-town market, with the beautiful oaks and a nice breeze off the harbor down the road,” Harvey explained. With a steady stream of visitors on market days joined by enthusiastic Moultrie Middle Schoolers stopping by for a cookie or a bag of kettle corn on their way home from school, where you can shake hands with the mayor and have a conversation with the farmer who grew your groceries, the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is truly a special event. Come visit the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market on Tuesdays April through September from 3:30-7 p.m. Learn more by visiting mount-pleasant-farmers-market. our town Vendors enjoy connecting with market-goers, many of them finding national success after spending some time with the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market. Get the Best Solution for Your Home and Budget. Reliable, upfront service for your home’s A/C, heating, plumbing & gas. Make Us Your 1st Choice! BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT 843-518-1479 Get the My Choice Service Plan for $158 a Year! 2023 More Space Place® National network of independently owned and operated franchises. FREE IN-HOME CONSULTATION OPEN SINCE 2003 1304-G Fording Island Road, Bluffton 843.836.1304 1113 Market Center Blvd Ste J, Mt Pleasant 843.352.7241 VISIT OUR SHOWROOMS! Custom Closets · Murphy Beds · Garage Storage · Home offices · & More