How to Eat Local for the Holidays
Nov 19, 2018
The holidays present an excellent opportunity to choose local whether it is for gifts, food, or both! This is the time of the year when gatherings move indoors and meals are shared around a table with loved ones. Which means even more reason to celebrate a strong and healthy community through representing local foods at your table. Show your holiday spirit with a visit to a local farm, maker or market to bring home the transformative ingredients for a meal worth remembering.
Don’t know where to find your nearest and dearest local food and/or markets? Lowcountry Local First has you covered with our Farm Fresh Food Guide (FFFG). This guide provides an easy way to view local providers through an interactive map. Click the points directly on the map or use the side menu to sort and scroll through your options.
Need to add some protein to your meal? Browse these options found on the FFFG to support your local farmers and ensure the freshness of what’s on your dinner plate.
- Seafood: Abundant seafood has you covered with an array of sustainable fish options for your menu.
- Hunting & Processing: Cordray’s Farm sells raw and processed meat direct from their farm and is available if you need animal processing services after a hunt.
- Poultry: Fili-West Farms specializes in all things chicken and turkey. This farm can help you bring back some lowcountry poultry for holiday eating.
- Pasture-Raised: Keegan Filion cares deeply about the animals they are raising and the product they provide. Home delivery will bring it right to your door!
- Pork, Eggs, Beef, and More: Wishbone Heritage Farms helps you get your main attraction to the dinner table whether you’re thinking roast beef, duck, or a local honey for a glaze.
- Dairy: Sea Island Jerseys provides raw cow’s milk and beef products and Lowcountry Creamery provides various milk products including yogurt. Don’t stop there, add some goat’s milk cheese from Burden Creek Dairy to your menu as well.
In need of vegetables for the big holiday dinner? Trying to avoid awkward dinner conversation with in-laws? Talk about where the veggies came from instead! Local farms are growing some great produce for all your holiday needs.
- Ambrose Farm: Try the take and bake option for meals and sides if you are pressed for time.
- Vertical Roots: Consult the map on their website to find out which grocery stores near you carry their fresh indoor-grown greens.
- Wando Organics: See the fall baskets to grab some great produce at a good cost.
- You can also find Spade and Clover Gardens, Fire Ant Farms, Kindlewood Farms, Joseph Fields Farm, Lowland Farms and more regularly selling delicious veggies and more at farmers’ markets near you, or visit their websites to learn more about where to find their products.
This is all great, but what if I just want to visit a farmer’s market? You’re in luck! The following markets run through the winter:
- Friday: MUSC Farmers Market
- Saturday: Johns Island Farmers Market
- Saturday: Summerville Winter Farmers Market
- Saturday: Pacific Box and Crate
… maybe the farmers market comes to you too with these rolling markets!
Didn’t make it to the farmers markets? Holiday season overwhelming? Let one of our experienced local chefs do what they do best! CHS Today lists all the restaurant options open for the holidays:
This time of the year can be stressful. Let yourself relax in knowing the food you are making is from producers who care about bringing quality ingredients to their Lowcountry neighbors, and that your dollars support a business owner, a family, a community, and beyond. ‘Tis the season for giving thanks and sharing the love of local food at your own dinner table!
*This is by no means an exhaustive list of the many wonderful local producers you can call upon to make the most of your holiday meals and beyond. Remember, there are many more that can be found on our Farm Fresh Food Guide.
Written by: Matthew Swanson
Fall 2018 Growing New Farmers Program Intern