Eat Local Challenge - Kicking things off at the Charleston Farmer's Market with Plow to Chow!

This past Saturday marked the 2014 season kickoff of the
Charleston Farmer’s Market at Marion Square. (Yep, the above pic of me, my dad,
and my adorable niece and nephew is from our fabulous photo booth- check out
more pics in the Facebook album). Hopefully you made it out and got a chance to
come visit us. We had a big tent set up right in the middle and kept busy all

March Member Mixer at FRS

If my first member mixer at FRS this past Wednesday was any indication of the local business community we have here in Charleston, I'd say us citizens of the Lowcountry have something to be very proud of! I’m Cat, and while I’ve worked as an intern on the Eat Local initiative for awhile now, this was among one of my first Buy Local events I’ve attended. I pulled up at 6:00 sharp and the FRS parking lot was already overflowing.

Love Local

We hear it every year, that significant other or friend that
is anti-Valentine’s Day. “It is a corporate holiday made up by big industry to
get people to buy things.” According to the National Retail Advertising and
Marketing Association’s (NRAMA) Valentine’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions
Survey, upwards of 13.19 billion dollars was spent in 2013 alone.  But what if, just what if, on this upcoming
day of St. Valentine that traditionally revolves around heart shaped boxes of

Spotlight of The Glass Onion, Eat Local

The Glass Onion's, Chris Stewart and Sarah O'Kelley

What is your favorite local food?

Chris: Any Local Fish! Sarah: I second Chris!

What is your favorite seasonal dish or recipe?

Chris: Field Peas...I love the field pea falafel we made last summer!; Sarah: Soft Shell our technique of cold smoking them and then frying them!

If Charleston were a vegetable what would it be?

Meet Andrea Limehouse of Limehouse Produce

What is your favorite local food?

Favorite local food presently would be smoked shad roe with a touch of horseradish, but this is seasonally driven and a hint to Jimmy Lucas [ smoker extraordinaire] that the time is nigh.

Meet Joe Spector of the Local Palate

LLF Talks with Local Palate Publisher and CEO, Joe Spector about local food, local biz and moving the needle. Big thanks to the Local Palate for sponsoring Eat Local Month! 

What is your favorite local food?

Spotlight on The Grocery

The Grocery
What is your Local Plate Special?  Our entire philosophy is based around The Local Plate.  However, there are certain dishes that highlight Spring and they are only available right now like the soft-shell crab with English pea puree, sautéed pea shoots, English peas, our house-made pancetta and baby carrots, drizzled with a preserved lemon vinaigrette.  It really shows off spring in the Lowcountry.

Highlight on the Swamp Fox

Swamp Fox Restaurant

Chef Steve Klatt’s Farmers Market Menu is designed to utilize much of the fresh seasonal product available locally and showcased in our Marion Square Farmers Market.  Chef’s goal is to create a guest experience celebrating the bounties of the Lowcountry with dishes prepared with respect to the traditional ways of the South.

Spotlight of Iacofano's

What is your Local Plate Special?
Pan Roasted Local Flounder braised local greens, green pea risotto, fennel & radish salad & a hibiscus honey vinaigrette
Flounder (Crosby’s Seafood, Murrells Inlet)
Braised Greens (Thackary Farms)
Peas, Fennell & Radishes (Blackbird Farms)

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