GrowFood Carolina

The Coastal Conservation League launched GrowFood Carolina, the state’s first local food hub, in 2011.

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GrowFood Carolina


The Conservation League started its Food and Agriculture program in 2007 with the goal of protecting South Carolina’s small, family farms. Between 1992 and 1997, more than 200 acres of rural land were converted every day to urban uses, placing South Carolina in the top ten states in the nation for rural land loss. We quickly realized that small farmers lacked access to the infrastructure available to industrial farms, and were therefore unable to say “no” when a developer offered to buy their land. The League saw a food hub as critical to our work protecting rural landscapes and improving quality of life across the coastal plain.

The objective of GrowFood is to tap into the existing assets of small-scale agriculture to help create a stronger rural economy, spurring job creation, and building capacity in rural communities by connecting farm businesses to the thriving local food movement. The resurgence of small-scale agriculture presents a tremendous opportunity to positively impact the rural economy. Increased agricultural production leads to increased economic activity, and allows farmers to stay on their land for generations to come.

GrowFood officially opened its doors in 2011 at a warehouse in downtown Charleston. Over the past four years, the hub has grown from marketing for 5 producers to more than 75, all in the state of South Carolina. GrowFood provides local farmers the sales, marketing, logistics, warehousing and distribution functions they need and that previously have been available only to large-scale industrial farms. Wholesale customers range from restaurants all over metropolitan Charleston, to Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, Earth Fare, and the College of Charleston. Since its opening, GrowFood has returned almost $5 million to farmers.

 

How GrowFood Works

 

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Who is Growing It

 

Anson Mills
Bates Farm
Beards Farm
Black Pearl Farms
Branches Farms
Brant Family Farm
Brewton Plantation
Brickyard Point Farms
Bulls Bay Saltworks
Burbage Farms
Burden Creek Farm
Busy Boys Farm
C-Breeze Farm
Cannon Farm
CARE Farm
Carolina Plantation
Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse
City Roots
Clemson University Student Organic Farm
Compost In My Shoe
Crescent Farms
Cypress Hill Farm
Dogwood Citrus Farm
Dotson Farms
DMF Farms
Eastover Nut Farm
Farm 418
Fort Farms
Fresh Lowcal
Gallop’s Farm
Groves Manor Farm
Henry Farms
Hickory Bluff Farms
Hickory Hill Milk
High House Farm
Hokuwa Oyate Farm
Holy City Farms
Home Sweet Farm
Horsecreek Honey Farms
Island Tomato Growers
James Long Jr Farm
Kurios Farms
Ladson Farm
Lavington Farms
Lowcountry Creamery
Lowland Farms
Manchester Farms
Maple Ridge Farm
Meadows Mushrooms
Middleton Place Organic Farm
Monetta Asparagus Farm
Murdaugh Farms
Old McDonald Farms
Old Tyme Bean Company
Orange Grove Plantation
Rebecca Farms
Red Rooster Organics
Rosebank Farms
Sandy Hill Organic Farms
Saw Mill Pond Vineyard
Scots Burn Forest Farms
Sea Island Citrus & Nut Farm
Sea Island Farm
Second Harvest Farm
Sheldon Farms
Shuler Farm
Solio Family Farms
Spade & Clover Gardens
Split Creek Creamery 
Sweet Blues Farm
Third Day Farms
Three Sisters Farm
Three Sons Farm
Tic Toc Mushrooms
Tuten Farms
Vertical Roots Farm
Wabi Sabi Farm
Watsonia Farms
Willard Farms
Williams Vineyards & Farms
WW Kirven Farms
Yaupon Farms

 

GrowFood Fork

Find the Fork!

 

Downtown

1Kept
5church
167 Raw
492 King
Basic Kitchen
Black Tap Coffee
Brown’s Court Bakery
Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill
Butcher & Bee
Callie’s Biscuits
Cannon Green
Carmella’s
Carolina Yacht Club
Charleston Grill
Charleston Marriott
Chez Nous
Circa 1886
College of Charleston: Liberty Street Fresh Foods, City Bistro, Marty’s Place, Catering
Cooper River Brewing
Cru Café
The Daily
The Darling
Edmund’s Oast
Edmunds Oast Brewery
FIG
The Getaway
goat.sheep.cow
The Grocery
Hank’s Seafood
The Harbinger Café
Harold’s Cabin
Harris Teeter – East Bay Street
Home Team BBQ
Hominy Grill
Huriyali Gardens
HUSK
Indaco
Le Farfalle
Leon’s Poultry & Oyster House
Lowcountry Bistro
The Macintosh
The Mills House
McCrady’s
Mercantile & Mash
Michael’s On The Alley
Minero
O-Ku
Oak Steakhouse 
One Broad
The Ordinary
Pawpaw
Pancito and Lefty
Patrick Properties
Peninsula Grill
Poogan’s Porch
Prohibition
Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Revelator Coffee
Slightly North of Broad
Sorghum and Salt
Spero
Stars
Stella’s
Sugar Bakeshop
Ted’s Butcherblock
The Vegetable Bin
The Vendue
Trident Technical College
Warehouse
Xiao Biao Biscuit

James Island, Johns Island, Kiawah, Seabrook & Folly

Baker and The Farmer
Bishop Gadsen
Blu Restaurant & Bar
Crust Wood Fired Pizza
Cure
Harris Teeter – Folly Beach
Harris Teeter – Folly Road
Harris Teeter – Harborview Road
Harris Teeter – Maybank Highway
LaTela Pizzeria
The Lot
Seabrook Island Club
Seanachai
Tradesman Brewing Co.
Village Market by Harris Teeter – Freshfields Village
Wild Olive

West Ashley

Early Bird Diner
EarthFare
Frothy Beard Brewing Co.
The Gathering Café
Harris Teeter – Savannah Highway
Home Team BBQ
Normandy Farms
Swig & Swine

Mt. Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, IOP & Daniel Island

450 Pizza
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
The Boathouse
Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina
Coastal Provisions
Daniel Island Club
Ember Wood Fired Kitchen
Grace and Grit
The Granary
Harris Teeter – Chuck Dawley
Harris Teeter – Houston Northcutt
Harris Teeter – IOP Connector
Harris Teeter – Isle of Palms
Harris Teeter – Long Point Road
Harris Teeter – Route 41
Harris Teeter – Tea Planter Lane
Home Team BBQ
Long Island Cafe
The Obstinate Daughter
Old Village Post House
On Forty-One
Opal
Page’s Okra Grill
Tavern and Table
Whole Foods

North Charleston & Summerville

Archway Academy
Charleston Southern University 
Coast Brewing Company 
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Crust Wood Fired Pizza
Earth Fare
EvO
Five Loaves
Guckenheimer
Harris Teeter – Dorchester Road
Harris Teeter – Bacon’s Bridge Road
Holy City Brewing
Yeaman’s Hall Club

State & Regional

4P Foods
14 Carrot Whole Foods
The Anchorage
The Bounty Box
City Roots
Farm Bluffton
The Farm Store
Farmacy
Husk – Greenville
Husk – Savannah
Kitchen Sync
Lula Drake
Motor Supply Company
Pawley’s Island General Store
Peach Dish
Primal Gourmet
Restaurant 17
SILO
Swamp Rabbit Cafe
Tallulah
University of South Carolina:

  • Bates Diner
  • The Dodie
  • Gibbes Court Bistro
  • Honeycomb Café
  • Wheat Retreat

Mobile

2Nixons
Cannonborough Bev Co
Duvall Catering
Granna’s Gourmet
Harvest to Highchair
Interactive Home Cooking
Indigenius Cuisine
Juice Me
Kenchi Ferments
King of Pops
Lowcountry Kettle
Lowcountry Lemonade
Lowcountry Street Grocery
Roti Rolls
Short Grain
Wich Cream

 


Contact Us

info@growfoodcarolina.com · 843.727.0091

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