From Small Herb Plot to Table

mmherbFor area food providers who don’t have the space or time to farm a full-fledged kitchen garden, herb plots are emerging as an attractive way to localize their ingredient lists.

The Charleston RiverDogs last year installed a self-serve “taco herb” station: The trough of cilantro, parsley and other edible greens was so popular in its first season that the team this year added two more gardens. And Mellow Mushroom Avondale has just planted a collection of pizza-and-cocktail herbs in the Magnolia Community Park & Garden, the community’s first shared growing space. Continue reading

Support Students With Your Fork


Ann Oro

Two upcoming meals are offering eaters an opportunity to support local scholastic programs.

On Apr. 23, High Cotton will serve a three-course, prix-fixe lunch to benefit Communities in Schools Charleston; the event’s timed to Administrative Professionals Day as a way of coaxing bosses into honoring their support staff. The $25 menu runs long on sugar: Among the selections are ambrosia, chicken and waffles with maple syrup and crème brulee.  But other choices include crab soup, a lamb sandwich and bread pudding.

High Cotton will donate 100 percent of the lunch proceeds to the dropout prevention program. Last year, the event raised $3300. Continue reading

Fruitmania Gardening School This Weekend

Perhaps to keep Fruitmania from getting too wild, the Lowcountry Fruit Growers Society has invited a man named Malcolm Manners to serve as the all-day growing school’s keynote speaker.

Manners, a horticultural science professor at Florida Southern College, will be joined at the Feb. 22 event by a master gardener; a cold hardy citrus specialist and a bee keeper, among other speakers. Vendors selling fruit trees and berry plants are also on the guest list.

Fruitmania will be held at Cypress Gardens, 3030 Cypress Gardens Rd, Moncks Corner. Tickets are $25 until Thursday, when the price goes up to $30 per person. To purchase, call 553-0515 or point your browser here.