New Farmer’s Market Opens on Johns Island This Weekend

A farmer’s market with a strong emphasis on sustainability is set to debut on Johns Island this Saturday.

According to HomeGrown’s mission statement, “Only smart, safe farming practices are allowed here, we promise.” Market manager Frasier Block reports the market has thus far recruited 20 farmers and vendors. Participants include Compost in My Shoe; Spade & Clover Gardens; Sol Haven Farm; Botany Bay Sea Salt and Holy Smoke Smoked Olive Oil.

Conceived as a “one-stop-shop for everything on your shopping list,” HomeGrown is produced by A Snappy Event, the promotional outfit responsible for The Charleston Mac Off; Shamrockin’ Summerville and ‘80s Prom. Continue reading

Support Grow Food Carolina by Dining Out Tonight

5-percent-growfoodHaving trouble deciding where to eat tonight? We can narrow your choices down to 23 worthy restaurants.

The following restaurants are donating five percent of sales to Grow Food Carolina, which supports local farmers, eaters and chefs by systematically addressing the logistical marketing and distribution challenges faced by area growers: All you have to do is eat.

Place your generous orders at Blu Restaurant, Burwell’s, Cru Cafe, Glass Onion, Green Door, Hank’s Seafood, Heart Woodfire Kitchen, High Cotton, Hominy, HUSK, Langdon’s, McCrady’s, Mercato, Basico, Opal, Peninsula Grill, Republic Lounge, SNOB, Ted’s Butcher Block, The Lot, Tristan, Verde or Xiao Bao Biscuit.

Angel Oak Serves Up Legare Farms Breakfast

For locavores who’d rather spend their Saturday morning enjoying dishes made with homegrown fruits, vegetables, eggs and pork than fussing with raw ingredients at the farmers market, Angel Oak this weekend is hosting a breakfast featuring Legare Farms products.

Breakfasters have their pick of crème brulee French toast with muscadines; eggs with pimento cheese grits and sausage and a country fried steak with sawmill gravy, collards, eggs and biscuits. All three plates cost $12, not including gratuity. For children under 10, a $6 Little Farmer’s plate is available. Breakfast includes a choice of juice, coffee or iced tea; for a $10 supplement, guests can drink all the mimosas they want.

Reserve a spot at Saturday’s 8:30 a.m. or 10 a.m. seating via Eventbrite, or call 556-7525.

GrowFood Carolina Celebrates Birthday With Dining Fundraiser

Charleston diners habitually spend money on local food, but an Oct. 2 fundraiser will allow them to funnel a portion of that money toward a critical link in the local food distribution chain.

To mark the second anniversary of GrowFood Carolina, nearly two dozen restaurants have pledged to donate 5 percent of their daily sales to the food hub. GrowFood Carolina collects produce from 50 farmers in a single warehouse, simplifying the logistics of buying and selling for small farms and restaurants which could easily be overwhelmed by the logistical challenges posed by the ordering process. According to GrowFood, more than 100 restaurants and four retailers now patronize the warehouse.

Restaurants participating in the charitable event are Blu Restaurant. Burwell’s, Cru Café, Glass Onion, Green Door, Hank’s Seafood, Heart Woodfire Kitchen, High Cotton, Hominy, HUSK, Langdon’s, McCrady’s, Mercato, Basico, Opal, Peninsula Grill, Republic Lounge, Slightly North of Broad, Ted’s Butcher Block, The Lot, Tristan, VERDE and Xiao Bao Biscuit. For more information, visit growfoodcarolina.com.