Farmer’s markets are the heart and soul of any good relationship between farmers and consumers. They present the opportunity to become more involved in local food culture and provide a feeling of connection between you and the environment around you. When you come face to face with local produce you see the varying beauty in colors, smells, textures and flavors of the world you live in and are surrounded by every day.
This week, The College has brought the farmers market on campus by teaming up with GrowFood Carolina to give students a convenient, affordable option to purchase local produce. The first market was held on Tuesday Nov. 27 and the event seemed a success with tons of students walking around, surveying the bounty of the Lowcountry.
Music played in the background, shishito peppers were being charred in a cast-iron pan and students were wandering around asking one another “Wait?… We grow rice in Charleston?!”
An event thrown by Dining Services and the Office of Sustainability partnered with GrowFood Carolina, this is a market designed for students. Students can pay with cash, credit or dining dollars and the prices are some of the most affordable downtown for local produce.
The market was well equipped with North Carolina apples, Carolina Gold Rice, locally produced dairy products and even locally produced chocolate. GrowFood’s Leah Pedersen says she is hopeful that by the next market this Friday Nov. 30th, they would have tomatoes from James Island as well as local squash.
The College issued these two markets as a pilot program, but hopes to make it a monthly event.
Purchasing local produce is good for the environment, your health, local economy and your soul. By becoming more connected to your local food sources you can gain a sense of where you are in the world. Many students at The College will experience Charleston through sights, sounds and smells. This farmers market gives students the opportunity to experience Charleston through the most important sense of all; flavor, and you never forget flavor.
What: College of Charleston Farmers Market
When: Friday Nov. 30
Where: George Street