More and more, boxes and crates of fresh produce leaving the Palmetto State for stores and markets in other states are bearing an increasingly familiar sticker: "Certified South Carolina Grown." Ansley Turnblad, branding coordinator for the S.C. Dept. of Agriculture, says the brand encourages people to look for, ask for and buy South Carolina produce.
According to Ag Department Marketing Specialist Matt Cornwell, the state is becoming well known in other regions for its watermelons and kale, but its crown jewel is still its peaches, which Turblad said is a special point of pride. Why? At a produce industry expo in Georgia, representatives of the "Peach State's" agriculture industry admitted to her that they thought the best peaches were from South Carolina.