Saturday, December 23, 2017 GrowFood Newsletter · News

A Word from the Warehouse – December 2017

by Andy Hollis
Deck your plate with beets and kale,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
It goes best with eggs of quail,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
We have so much product for December,
Fa la la la, la la la la.
An entirely local meal, for all to remember,
Fa la la la, la la la la.

This year marks our best citrus season yet. Even in GrowFood’s earliest days, we partnered with farmers to diversify their crop production to include new items like oranges, Meyer lemons and satsumas. The citrus trees farmers planted four years ago are finally bearing fruit.

Creating opportunities for diversity in crop planning and our local food system sets GrowFood Carolina apart from other wholesale distributors. We advise farmers on what they should grow and when, to ensure they get the biggest return on their investment of time, land and dollars.

We form tight relationships with chefs to forecast up-and-coming, exciting trends in the local food scene, and then communicate those needs to farmers to meet future demand.

Inviting diversity in crop production planning means different farmers harvest different produce at different times. That helps you as a consumer build a well-rounded grocery basket. And it helps diversify farmers’ income opportunities.

December’s holiday citrus harvest is a testament to the support we provide farmers and a good example of the time investment needed to build a thriving and sustainable food system. We’re deep into crop production planning for 2018 and the future is bright. We hope you’ll consider a year-end gift to help us continue this vital work! Thank you for your generous support!

Happy holidays and healthy wishes in the new year from our entire team!

Featured Story


The latest edition of Azalea Magazine features a profile on GrowFood Carolina and showcases our service-driven work. The piece highlights examples of how our food hub delivers value back to local farmers and local food, including emphasizing diversity in production. Enjoy the read!

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Post of the Month
Featured Recipe

Roasted Sunchokes

This simple recipe brings out the best flavors in sweet, nutty sunchokes. When you shop, look for smaller ones that will cook and roast more quickly (We’re loving the crop from Carolina Bay Farms!). Roasting the sunchokes with a little sea salt and buttery olive oil means the root vegetable will be soft on the inside, but have a nice crunch on the outside. The best part? No pesky peeling!

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Quote of the Month

“Eating is one of the four purposes of life … the other three no one has yet discovered.”


– Chinese Proverb


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