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A Word from the Warehouse – October 2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018

October’s cooler days and nights are beginning to deliver many of our favorite things: kale, broccoli, cabbage, fennel and radishes. To celebrate the start of the fall harvest, we are highlighting our favorite, zippy root vegetable–the radish. Over the last seven years, GrowFood Carolina has successfully partnered with South Carolina farmers to diversify the radish harvest. This collaboration means chefs and consumers like you have access to multiple local varieties…

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Warehouse Recipe: Brown Butter Radishes and Greens by Chef Shuai Wang

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Another major player in Charleston’s food scene and a close friend of GrowFood Carolina, Shuai Wang, is also inspired by Japanese tradition and cuisine. In 2014, together with his wife, Corrie, Shuai debuted Short Grain, a pop-up restaurant and food truck that celebrates local farmers and fishermen. This month, Shuai shares his recipe for brown butter radishes and their greens, which calls for a hot cast iron pan, a local pear, ricotta, pecans and…

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A Word from the Warehouse – September 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018

The phones are working overtime at the warehouse. In the days leading up to and following Florence, our team has been calling and checking on our farmer partners. For the most part, the news is good. Many of them weathered the storm well, though our thoughts are with our regional community in North Carolina and its recovery. Florence marked the fifth extreme weather event in four years for our farmers…

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Warehouse Recipe: Maple Bacon & Egg Ice Cream by Chef Marc Collins

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Circa 1886’s Executive Chef and a founder of Charleston Wine + Food Festival, Marc Collins, was thrilled when we asked him to share a recipe using September’s secret ingredient: local eggs. Chef Marc and his team are big fans of Watson Farms eggs for their bright yellow yolks and the richness they bring to every dish, especially the restaurant’s in-house ice creams. Cue…

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A Word from the Warehouse – August 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018

I’m an apple pear I’m not my apple cousin Eat me, I’m better. Here we are … the dog days of summer in the South. And while no one wants to think about turning on their oven for a crisp apple pie, it’s exactly the time when the great Pome fruit varieties are ready to pick. Pome? Pome fruits belong to the Rosaceae plant family (sub-fam: pomoideae) and are characterized by a…

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Warehouse Recipe: Poached Asian Pear Tart by Chef Bernd Gronert

Friday, August 17, 2018

Chef Bernd Gronert is the Baking and Pastry Coordinator at the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College. You might recognize him as Chef B (his twin brother is Chef A) of the Cypress Hill Farm produce booth at the Summerville Farmers Market. This month, Chef Gronert is sharing his recipe for a poached Asian pear tart. Poached Asian Pear Tart by Chef Bernd Gronert For this recipe, you’ll need ingredients for a cookie dough,…

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A Word from the Warehouse – July 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Every July, I remember my first summer in 2011 visiting farms and I think about peas. It was so darn HOT and as I called around to set up farm visits each farmer said “Are you sure you want to come right now? There isn’t really anything growing except for okra and field peas.” For a girl from the Garden State who had just moved here from Northern California,…

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Warehouse Recipe: Stew Peas by Charleston chef BJ Dennis

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Community chef and advocate BJ Dennis is known and adored for his Gullah-Geechee cuisine. This month, he’s sharing one of his favorite Lowcountry field pea recipes: stew peas. To recreate this simple, hearty dish, you’ll need fresh field peas, four ripe Johns Island tomatoes and a hot pepper. Stew Peas 4 large ripe Johns island tomato diced skin on or off (try Rosebank Farms) 3 cups…

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A Word from the Warehouse – June 2018

Thursday, June 21, 2018

We're excited to report that truckloads of blueberry cases and peach baskets are hitting the warehouse daily. This is vastly different from last year—a very warm January and February prompted early blooms on fruit trees in South Carolina, and a late frost in March wiped out the blueberry and peach crop. Hugh Weathers, South Carolina's Commissioner of Agriculture, reported crop losses upward of 80 percent. Thankfully, farmers are incredibly resilient,…

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Warehouse Recipe: Life Raft Treats’ Buttermilk-Blueberry Ice Cream

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

This June, beat the heat with this sweet from Life Raft Treats! Charleston chefs Cynthia Wong (of James Beard Award nomination fame) and Mary Oster share their recipe for Buttermilk-Blueberry Ice Cream, complete with a blueberry swirl crafted using Lowcountry Creamery buttermilk and Black Pearl organic blueberries. For the ice cream base ½ cup whole milk 1 ½ cups heavy cream 6 egg yolks ¾…

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