College of Charleston Dining Services hosted the first Farmer’s Market of the Spring Semester on Jan. 29. The farmer’s market spanned George street between the Admissions Office and Porter’s Lodge. The College’s Dining Services joined with the campus Office of Sustainability to bring the farmer’s market to CofC. Adelaide Bates, an intern at the Office of Sustainability explained that Aramark, The College’s food service contractor, purchased local fresh foods from GrowFood Carolina and offered it to farmer’s market patrons at the same cost.
The Coastal Conservation established GrowFood Carolina, “the state’s first local food hub” in 2011. According to GrowFood’s website, the food hub distributes products from over 75 local farms to over 80 stores and restaurants around the Low Country. Additionally, GrowFood Carolina sources at least some produce for popular Charleston food scene destinations Poogan’s Porch, FIG, 167 Raw, Callie’s Biscuits. The College’s Liberty Street Fresh Foods, City Bistro and Marty’s Place also utilize the local food purveyor.
Furthermore, One Love Komboucha, Cougar Pantry, Vegan Club, the South Carolina Aquarium, Sustainable Agriculture Program, Alliance for Planet Earth Club, and the Nutrition club all tabled at the farmer’s market in addition to Dining Services, which was the primary food vendor. Consistent with GrowFood Carolina’s practice, all produce sold at the market is from South Carolina farms. The market offered local dairy products, honey, seasonings, greens and grains to patrons.
Bates mentioned the farmer’s market’s goal is “to provide students access to fresh, affordable produce” and to help farmers educate students.
The College Today reports that subsequent markets will pop up on Feb. 26 and March 26.
The names of the Sustainable Agriculture Program and The Alliance for Planet Earth Club have been corrected.