We are in the midst of a global pandemic and are continuously having the words “social distancing” and “stay at home” ingrained into our minds. This makes going to the grocery store whenever we want not quite so feasible. That is why I am taking advantage of one of my favorite ways to buy groceries – through local farms and businesses! In my opinion, its the best way to go about getting your groceries, pandemic or no pandemic. Most CSA (community supported agriculture) programs are doing contact-free delivery or very minimal contact pick-ups. In other words, you don’t even have to step foot into a grocery store to get some of the best tasting produce around. Keep reading to get in on some of my go-to ways to support local in these desperate times.
- Lowcountry Street Grocery – As you may recall from some previous posts about this fabulous business, LSG traditionally operates a grocery store inside a bus that travels around Charleston, typically to under-served communities. Obviously, in these social distancing times, the bus is not operating. Do not fret however, because their Community Supported Grocery (similar to a CSA program) is doing a full on delivery system! You can sign up here and opt for either a single bundle, double bundle, family size bundle, or a baller (huge!) bundle. Prices are pretty reasonable and you get enough locally sourced produce to last a while.
2. Joseph Fields Farms – This John’s Island-based farm is doing a one time – one share CSA program. You pay just $35 for 18 pounds of produce! Pick-ups are weekly on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You can pick up your boxes at 3 different locations (Mount P, South Windermere, and Park Circle). To place your order each week, send an email to email@example.com or you can order via text at 843-906-6084. Payment is via Venmo.
3. The Veggie Bin – If you weren’t already aware, there is a tiny little grocery store tucked away on Spring Street that is the true gold mine of locally sourced produce and other goods. Some of their merchandise tends to be a bit more pricey than what you would find at a Harris Teeter, but sometimes its worth it if you want really great-tasting produce and also want to avoid big grocery store crowds.
4. Mt. Pleasant Essential Goods Market – Beginning THIS TUESDAY and continuing every Tuesday from 1pm-7pm, you can find a small farmers market at the Moultrie Middle School Pavilion on Coleman Boulevard. The market will be selling fruits and veggies from Joseph Fields Farms, eggs, dairy and poultry from Fili-West Farms, greens and herbs from Hydroponics Harvest Farms, fresh strawberries from Shuler Peach Company, as well as produce from Robert Fields Farms and Earl Freeman Farms. Most of these farms are offering up their produce for pre-order as well, so minimal contact is involved. Phone numbers and emails for pre-ordering are listed below.
- Joseph Fields Farm: Call (843) 830-8612 by Monday at noon.
- Fili West Farms: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday at 8 p.m.
- Hydroponics Harvest Farms: Email email@example.com by Monday at noon.
- Shuler Peach Company: Pre-order via text at (803) 759-0089.
5. Farmstand – A farmer owned and operated online grocery store that provides access to all locally sourced products. You can sign up for a weekly CSA with FREE delivery that will feed small and medium-sized families for just $25. You will receive an assortment of vegetables from responsible SC farms. Click here to see what they are selling a la carte, as well as to place your order.
6. The Daily – The Daily is open for takeout and delivery and has a plethora of farm fresh produce for sale, as well as various other local products at reasonable prices. Click here to access their website where you can place your order.
7. Baguette Magic – Baguette Magic on James Island is offering contact-free delivery. You can order local produce, various local products, as well as meal kits and ingredients from local restaurants at affordable prices. Click here to place your order.