[Click the links to read Part 1 and Part 2 of my Charleston adventures!]

This is the last of my posts about Charleston, and just looking at these photos again makes me want to hop on a plane and go back right now!  On Saturday morning, the second morning of our workshop, we woke up pretty early, rolled out of bed, and hightailed it to the Charleston Farmers Market.  We arrived right at opening time to beat the crowds of people, dogs, and strollers that would soon arrive.  Similar to our goal at Lana, the objective was to take photos that told a story of the market.

This was simultaneously the most fun and most challenging shoot (in my opinion) of the entire workshop.  For starters, I was a bit awestruck to finally be at this market in real life.  I’ve heard Helene mention this market practically every Saturday for the past two years and I was just dying to experience it myself.  I was on overload trying to take it all in while still take anything resembling a decent photo.

Of course, there were more than enough subjects to make it interesting.  I was amazed at both the sheer number of vendor stands and the variety of their offerings.  There was of course a huge abundance of farm fresh produce, flowers, etc. but there was so much more than that.  Fresh pasta, jams and preserves, salsas, fancy popsicles, gourmet sodas, artists galore.  I was in heaven.  We only had one hour to shoot so unfortunately I only covered about half of the market in that time.  When I saw other participants’ photos later, I realized there were many really cool booths I didn’t get around to.  Just more reason to go back, I guess.

As far as the photography, this shoot was challenging for many reasons.  First of all, the morning light was briiiiight and direct.  Since I like to shoot on manual, I was constantly readjusting my settings with every few steps and with every new subject.  Second, I had similar issues as when we shot at Lana, worried that I would make people in my general frame self-conscious or that I would be in their way.  This became more difficult as more and more people arrived, but I did my best.  And finally, I was just so overwhelmed by being in this place I had wanted to see for so long and it being even more awesome than I had imagined, it was hard to focus my attention enough to take photos.

One thing that definitely struck me as we browsed around was the care with which the vendors presented their goods.  We have some very nice markets here in Indiana, but there was all kinds of creative presentation here with obvious attention to detail.  For someone as detail-oriented as I am, it was a feast for the eyes.  (Are you kidding me with the squash blossoms in mason jars?!)

These beets were so beautiful.  Who knew?!

In addition to scoping out all the lovely produce and other goods, I also greatly enjoyed watching the vendors interact with their customers.  Their pride in their work and joy in meeting the market goers was so evident.  It was a neat thing to witness.  This vendor in particular, Café Tippeneaux, was just so fun and pleasant.  He had all kinds of New Orleans-style fare such as beignets, muffalettas, po’ boys, and more.  I alternated between watching him serve the customers and drool over all the delicious things they were buying.

Just before Josie and I left, we decided to grab an iced coffee from his stand.  I snapped a quick photo of this muffaletta while I was waiting for my drink.  Um, why didn’t I order this again?  I really have no idea.  I am still thinking about it.  Yep, definitely going back soon.

I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into my Charleston trip.  Though it was brief, it was an amazing experience packed with memorable moments.  Thanks for letting me share it with you!

  • Gorgeous photos! They really make me want to see this market in person. Loving your trip recaps by the way, they’re so much fun :)

  • Mandy W.

    Hi Annie. These posts about Charleston make me want to pack up and move! Oh to have a market like that! I live in southeastern Ohio and we have a couple of local markets that run from May to Sept. My four boys and I love to go shop for fresh produce, come home, and turn it into something wonderful. I can only imagine the things we would find at the Charleston market. May be planning a trip to Charleston and soon! :o) Thanks for sharing your trip and lovely photos.

  • Oh my goodness! I want to be there and I want to eat there! Heck, I may even want to live there! Gorgeous photos! When you go back, be sure to take me with you! lol Stunning!

  • Dalia

    Hi Annie, would you ever consider giving us a brief tutorial on how to use manual setting with examples?

  • Dee

    Spectacular photos, Annie. I wish we had a farmer’s market like that around here!

  • annieseats

    Unfortunately, a brief tutorial isn’t really adequate to teach the subject properly, and I’d prefer to keep the focus on food rather than the logistics of photography. I’d recommend the book Understanding Exposure. It does a great job.

  • E.M. Monroe

    I visited this market in Charleston about 3 years ago now and the experience of the fruit was so extraordinary I have wanted to go back just to buy a peach. I think you’re right to draw attention to the care with which the vendors present their goods. It truly is an aesthetic worth noting. EMM

  • Wow, their farmer’s market makes the one in my city look pitiful!

    Also, ::gasp:: how could you pass up a muffuletta?! I do believe you should try that at least once in your life. They’re crazy delicious. :-D

  • Lisa Glenton

    Oh wow, I used to live in Texas where we could get beignets but I haven’t had one since moving back to Australia in 2004! We went through a craze at school where people would bring them in place of birthday cakes. Now I’m going to crave them again but the only way I’ll get to eat one is to try and tackle a recipe I think!

    Love the blog, everything here looks so beautiful!

  • annieseats

    It was 7 in the morning, so that had something to do with it :)

  • Gorgeous photos, Annie! My Aunt, Uncle and Cousins live in Charleston and I haven’t visited in a few years. You make me want to go back! Is this the market downtown under the covered verandas? My Aunt owns a candy business that sells at the Market, Dolores’ Delights. I’m glad you enjoyed Charleston so much, it’s a fantastic city!

  • Jacquelyn

    how neat! I grew up in Charleston and in the very first picture (with the lemonade and pretzels) are two ladies that I know :) small world!

  • Lucy R

    Ha! I live in Charleston and go to the market every Saturday. I was there a few weeks ago and I DID get the muffaletta… it was delicious. You definitely need to come back to try it!

  • LOVE the colors on that beet photo! You chose an awesome subject and captured it perfectly :) Drooling over your pictures of the fresh pasta and that sandwich… The bread looks ridiculously delicious!

  • I love these photos! The one of the beets and the squash blossoms are especially great. It makes me want to visit Charleston!

  • Kim

    Those pretzels in the very first picture look so totally delish! Love all the pictures you took!

  • Dalia

    thank you!

  • Maia

    I really love the picture of the beets – such beautiful colours. My mum and I were just in Charleston as well and I too was really taken with the city. The colours, warmth and of course – the food! I was wondering if you have any Southern inspired recipes coming up? I was certainly motivated to try and recapture some of the tastes of the South but I love seeing what caught the eye of others as well. Either way, I’ll still keep reading! Your blog is lovely, and your hard work shines through in the photos and your thoughtful words.

  • annieseats

    Unfortunately we didn’t eat that much Southern food while we were there, but I’ve acquired many Southern cookbooks in the past couple of months and am really loving Southern food in general, so they are coming regardless :)

  • Kim Handzo

    My local farmers market doesn’t really compare, but it opens this weekend and I’m so excited! Thanks for sharing your photos!


  • Jessica L.

    I love all your photos! They’re always so gorgeous.

    I recently moved to Indy and am looking for a good farmer’s market…are there any you would recommend?

  • annieseats

    The Broad Ripple market on Saturday mornings and the Trader’s Point one on Friday evenings are pretty good. I know Carmel has one but I haven’t been to that one, and I’m sure there are others. There was also one in Plainfield that I tried once and was the worst excuse for a “market” I’ve ever seen, so definitely don’t bother with that one :)

  • Kelsey

    Again, Annie, jealous. So, so jealous. And the blossoms in mason jars? Beautiful. When I saw that photo, I literally stopped reading for nearly a full minute to examine the photo. Wonderful. If we’re ever in Charleston at the same time again, we should try to hit up the market together.

  • wow! great photos. it looks like such a lovely market to visit.

  • Life of a Modern Housewife

    I love the Charleston farmer’s market!! I try to go as often as I can. Did you try the Crepes? And did you get to taste Root’s ice cream? They are known for their strange ice cream flavors, like cinnamon sweet corn. And the Rewined candles smell so good! Thanks for sharing your trip!!

  • What a treat to see three posts from you in as many days (those latte cupcakes are calling my name). I loved reading Helene’s first post on the Charleston workshop and was happy that some of my other favorite food bloggers had attended and took lovely pictures as well! I have to wait until late June for the farmer’s market in my own town to open…I’d love to take pictures but assume I’ll feel the same slight unease snapping shots of vendors and clients. Hopefully with their permission I will get some decent pictures- but yours are truly bright and lovely!

  • Amy

    My husband and I accidentally stumbed on this AMAZING farmers market a few years ago after stopping in town for the night. I was in heaven…the variety of offerings was a feast for the eyes and soul :-) Although we had our dogs with us which made browsing and chatting with the vendors difficult, we ended up spending the bulk f our morning there! We tried and enjoyed every. last. bite. of the crepes! I ended up loading up the car with groceries from this market for our week in Hilton Head. All week long as we enjoyed our haul we talked about how great this market was. Our markets in OH haven’t caught up to the pure joy I get from attending this market or the market in Old Town Scottsdale in AZ. Those are markets that visit me in my dreams… :-)

  • Thanks for the post on Cafe Tippeneaux… that’s me :) I do love that farmers market. It’s a great scene with great food and even better people. Thanks for your kind words and please let me know who you are next time you visit. Cafe Au Lait and Beignets on me! Adrian Tippens

  • annieseats

    Wow, thanks Adrian! So cool. We really enjoyed your stand and I will definitely be back. If only Indiana weren’t so far away :)

  • Csummer

    I work at the starbucks right across the street! I look at blogs of visitors/foodies all the time and realize how lucky I am to know most of the vendors and get my weekly produce from this farmers market. Such beautiful pictures by the way! You really know how to capture Charleston :)

  • annieseats

    Aw, thank you!