Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. If you wonder why the food at the finest Charleston restaurants is so phenomenally delicious, it’s a combination of superb chefs and the finest and freshest ingredients imaginable.
When Making It Grow visited the non-profit Grow Food Carolina food hub that connects producers with commercial entities that need their products, we learned that the restaurant community currently is the largest purchaser of the produce and specialty products which they receive and deliver. While we were at their up-to-date, attractive and conveniently located warehouse people were coming and going with products ranging from truckloads of sustainably grown vegetables, to artisanal cheese made with Hickory Hill Milk, to shitake mushrooms destined for the sauté pan at one of the Holy City’s most revered restaurants. Grow Food Carolina’s mission is to connect farmers to markets, keeping farms profitable so that sustainably managed land stays in agriculture.