The Eat Local Challenge officially kicked off on Wednesday, April 1st, and that means over 450 people have started shifting at least $10 of their weekly food budget towards our local food system. Eating local is for everyone, and the ways you can shift towards eating local are endless. Don’t forget to download your scorecards (Making the Shift & Local Habits) and join our official Eat Local Challenge Facebook Group. (start there, y’all!). Haven’t signed up yet? No worries, register to take the Challenge today.

Here are some different ways to start the shift and begin eating local:

  • Shift at least $10 of your weekly grocery budget to local food. Ask for local products at your grocery store.
  • Shop one of the many farmers markets in our area and chat with a farmer about what is in season. The Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square opens Saturday! LLF will be there, come by our tasting tent! 
  • Eat seasonally using our Ripe Chart, showing what’s fresh and in season in the Lowcountry.
  • Sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture share) with the help of our Farm Fresh Food Guide and this recent CSA blog post. Remember you can earn 10 points for signing up for a CSA and depending on the share you choose, this could satisfy your entire weekly $10 shift!
  • Try one new local veggie or fruit each week.
  • Ask your server what’s local on the menu when dining out.
  • Visit one of our many Eat Local Challenge Food & Beverage Supporters! Many are offering specials and discounts to those taking the challenge. Stay tuned to our blog for more info.
  • Grow your own food in your yard or a community garden.
  • Preserve fruits or veggies (jar, freeze or dry) to enjoy later.
  • Follow our Eat Local Challenge bloggers to see how they are taking the Challenge. Holy City SinnerNutrition HappensSK Fit LifeQueen of the Food Age, and The Saltwater Chef.
  • Attend an Eat Local Month event.

Let’s Meet the Competition 


New to the Eat Local Challenge this year is the ability for businesses to sign up to take the Challenge as a team. We have 24 teams registered thus far and they are pumped and ready to eat local and go after the coveted, Golden Shovel. Only one team will win it, along with bragging rights for an entire year! Meet your Eat Local Team Challengers:

  1. Anne Bonny’s Waxing Studio
  2. Bulls Bay Saltworks
  3. Burbiculture
  4. Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission
  5. Charleston Heating and Air
  6. Coastal Carolina Families
  7. Coastal Conservation League
  8. Cycles Compost Charleston
  9. David Thompson Architect, LLC
  10. Everydayhappyfoods
  11. Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union
  12. Kervogler
  13. Liberty Run Foundation
  14. Lighten Up Charleston
  15. Limehouse Produce
  16. Local Black Card
  17. Local Works
  18. Lowcountry Kids’
  19. Macaroni Kid North Charleston
  20. Mt. Zion Elementary School
  21. Office of Sustainability at the College of Charleston
  22. Seamon Whiteside
  23. South Carolina Community Loan Fund
  24. Summers Corner
  25. The Local FindsWills
  26. Wills, Massalon & Allen, LLC
Alyssa Smith
Eat Local Challenge Coordinator and President of Vestige Communications