In Our Winter 2018 Issue

By Jacquelyn McHugh / Photography By Shell Royster | Last Updated January 26, 2018
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Edible Charleston Winter 2018 Cover
Katie Welborn, CFSA Sara Clow, GrowFood Carolina Brian Wheat, Lowcountry Local First Becky Burke, Slowfood Charleston Carrie Larson, Slowfood Columbia David Harper, Midlands Food Alliance Danny Cannon, Midlands Food Alliance Tameria Warren, Sustainable Midlands

No Farms, no Food.

The American Farmland Trust created a bumper sticker to spread this message 35 years ago: “We need land to grow the food...healthy soils to nourish the crops and livestock...clean water on farms... and farmers to make it all happen.” We need farmers. Farmers have the most important job there is—as long as there are mouths to feed, there will always be a need for farmers.

Farmers are my heroes.

John F. Kennedy once said “For the farmer, is the only man in our economy who has to buy everything he buys at retail—sell everything he sells at wholesale—and pay the freight both ways.” Not much has changed since that speech in 1960; farming has become increasingly difficult for the small farmer as farmland becomes more unattainable, warehouse and distribution logistics become more laborious than farming itself, and as the farmer population ages, the number of farmers decreases.

How can we fix this?

Keeping that question in mind, and believing that in order to know where you’re going, you have to know where you came from, this issue is taking us to the root of the local food movement in the Midlands and Lowcountry. We highlight a few of the organizations and people (featured on our cover) impacting the local food scene. These folks are working tirelessly to support our farms and farmers and ensuring there is fresh, sustainable food for us to eat.

We all can play a role in improving our food system and supporting our local farms. Knowing what the issues are, learning about the role each organization plays, and understating how they impact the food system, will provide you with what you need to know to get involved.

Rooted in health in 2018,

Jacquelyn McHugh, Editor in Chief

Smoked Shoulder with Seasonal Vegetables

smoked shoulder with seasonal vegetables
When those cold wintery days hit South Carolina, comfort dishes warm our bones and soul. Pork Shoulder, also called Picnic Ham, is a shoulder cut with the shank (or hock) attached. Because it contains...

Creamy Leek Soup

creamy leek soup
Leeks can be sandy, so be sure to clean them before cooking. Cut the root ends and the thick green parts, then slice the leeks in half lengthwise. Rinse under cold water pulling apart the layers to...

Sauteed Radishes with Radish Greens

radishes
Although we don’t usually think of cooking radishes, they make a quick, tasty side. Cooking mellows their spiciness.

Notables: The Faces of Local Food, People and Their Food and Letters to Young Farmers

the faces of local food: celebrating the peope who feed us
This issue’s notables mention two books "The Faces of Local Food," and "Letters to a Young Farmer" that our readers may find of interest.

What it Means to Eat Local

cows on local farm
When it comes to what we put on our plates, “local” is all the rage. Food that is locally produced, marketed and consumed is generating increased interest from consumers. But the one thing no one...

Trace Your Roots

Hugh Weathers, Commissioner of SCDA
As seeking out local food becomes the norm, not the exception, people are interested in tracing the roots of their food to the farmers who grow it.

GrowFood Carolina

GrowFood Carolina Team
GrowFood Carolina is a local food hub that provides the link between farmers and wholesale buyers.

Slow Food Columbia & Slow Food Charleston

slow food chefs
The International Slow Food Movement works to connect chefs and farmers so they can preserve traditional ingredients and help people enjoy good, clean and fair food.

Lowcountry Local First

lowcountry local first
Lowcountry Local First exists to cultivate an economy anchored in local ownership by offering new farmer training programs, business summits and many other opportunities throughout the year.

Watching Your Garden Grow

children learn about gardening in school
South Carolina Farm to Institution facilitates communication and education around locally produced food in schools, child care centers and more.

Homegrown Cotton

homegrown cotton polos
At McIntosh of McIntosh Farms, redefined the “work shirt,” utilizing cotton from his fields to inspire his company Homegrown Cotton, which produces 100% cotton polos.

Groceries On the Go with Lowcountry Street Grocery

lowcountry street grocery bus
School-bus-turned-mobile-farmers’ market, Lowcountry Street Grocery, brings healthy food access to Charleston’s food deserts and supports the local food economy.

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

tending to crops
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association helps people in the Carolinas grow and eat local, organic food by advocating fair farm and food policies.

Test, Prep, Plant!

To reap the most from South Carolina’s blessedly long growing season, January is the time to begin. With a little planning, a little cleaning, and fresh greens can be on the table by March.

The Savvy Home Gardener's Favorite Tools

savvy home gardener tools
Want to be a savvy home gardener? This illustration lists all the tools—from a rake to waxed string—one needs to be a garden master.

Eat. Drink. Think. Local

farmers market sign
We hope this issue has put into context what “loyal to coal” means, why it matters and how you can get involved to be part of the movement and impact.
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