For many students in South Carolina, this week is Spring Break. Although students aren’t in class, there’s no reason why they can’t continue to learn. This week is the perfect time to load the car and travel to a local farm or farmers market. Sure, the kids will think they’re just having fun, maybe even playing with an animal or two. But as parents, we can take this opportunity to enhance the fun with a little education about sustainable agriculture and healthy eating habits.  Here are a few places worth visiting:

South Carolina State Farmers Market, Columbia: A blend of wholesalers, retailers, and farmers from all across the state and region, the State Farmers Market provides a place for consumers to buy fresh, wholesome produce and products and serves as a showcase for Certified SC Grown.

Lowcountry Local First, Charleston: Looking for a truly unique experience? Lowcountry Local First offers an opportunity to explore the life of a farmer through its Lowcountry Farm Tours on April 19th. Participants will have an opportunity to meet local farmers, learn about farming practices, and indulge in local, fresh food along this self-guided tour.

Ambrose Farms, Johns Island: Ambrose Farms is famous for their You-Pick produce, and their current offering is fresh strawberries. After you’re done picking, be sure to stop by the Stono Market and Tomato Shed Café for lunch showcasing the farm’s fresh produce.

Aiken County Farmers Market, Aiken: Listed on the Aiken Historic Register, the Farmers Market sells fresh produce including corn, tomatoes, beans, fruit and more. Goods displayed are laid out on the tables built by farmers and families of Aiken County over 50 years ago. The Market, now as then, is a place where produce is sold and conversation and recipes are shared with friends, old and new.

Healthy Cow Creamery, Pelzer: Happy Cow Creamery is a unique on-the-farm milk bottling operation offering high quality fresh milk directly from its own dairy cows. Tours are available.

Pee Dee State Farmers Market, Florence: The Market includes a 45,000 square foot drive-through farmers shed filled to the brim with produce and horticultural products. Several family owned nurseries complete with gardens, greenhouses and gift shops, a large selection of statuary products, a 100-year-old barn which houses a potter’s studio and several other shops.

Whether you’re looking for something to do with the kids before they return to school next week or simply want to check out your local farmers market, be sure to take advantage of all the fresh markets South Carolina has to offer. And if you’re not sure where to go, visit the SC Department of Agriculture’s website for a complete listing of options near you.