With Beaufort’s ‘roots’ deeply entrenched in the agricultural industry, it’s only natural that you will find U Pick Farms and community Farmer’s Markets throughout the area. Each is guaranteed to put the freshest local produce on your dinner table. Depending on the season, you’ll find Beaufort tomatoes, SC peaches, local watermelons, pumpkins, and lots of other fruits, vegetables, and specialty items in constant abundance. Help us support our farming community by visiting these local farms and markets.


Dempsey Farms, 1576 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island

June watermelons at Dempsey Farms on St. Helena Island.











Dempsey Farms is a U-Pick Farm located on St. Helena Island.  A working family farm, Dempsey’s is a favorite of the locals and a must stop on the way to Harbor, Hunting or Fripp Islands from the beginning of spring…all the way through autumn. Dempsey’s in-season hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm. *Hours subject to change due to weather and picking conditions. Dempsey Farms is located at 1576 Sea Island Parkway, on St. Helena Island. 11 miles east of Beaufort on the way to the beach.


Beaufort also has a variety of local roadside produce stands. Learn about some of them here in ‘the Route 21 Produce Project’.



Local Community Farmers Markets


PORT ROYAL FARMER’S MARKET Find just about anything you could be after at this well-stocked, well-attended local Market. Fresh local produce, seafood, a variety of plants, fresh foods, local honey and other great Lowcountry products every week. Located in Naval Heritage Park at U.S. Naval Hospital, Ribaut Road, Port Royal. Open Saturdays 8:30am to Noon, all year-round. You’ll always find a crowd. The Port Royal Farmer’s Market is a valuable community tradition.








DOWNTOWN BEAUFORT FARMER’S MARKET This seasonal market brings fresh produce into the downtown Beaufort Historic and Business District. It sets up May through September on Wednesdays from 2 to 6pm on the corner of Bladen & North Streets next to the Santa Elena History Center.  Enjoy an abundance of fresh local seafood, produce, downtown restaurant fare, baked breads, treats, live entertainment, and more.  Also, volunteers from a different local non-profit charity organization are on hand each week.









PENN CENTER FARMERS MARKET Beneath a canopy of large, moss-draped live oaks in the heart of the Sea Islands, you will find one of the most significant African American historical and cultural sites in existence today, Penn Center. Mid June through Mid October, you can visit the Farmers Market, which allows their island neighbors access to locally grown, farm fresh produce and local arts and crafts. The market is open rain or shine every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm. Penn Center, a National Historic Landmark, is located at 16 Penn Center Circle West on St. Helena Island.

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Barefoot Farms, Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena, SC


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Dempsey Farms


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