Wednesday, January 2, 2019 GrowFood Newsletter · News

A word from the Warehouse – December 2018

by Andy Hollis
Happy holidays from the GrowFood team! We hope this December finds you happy, healthy and, like us, celebrating the abundance of local, delicious citrus fruit. The warehouse is full of pink grapefruit, satsumas, meyer lemons, navel oranges, and my favorite … the Swingle!

Some cold hardy varieties of citrus grow incredibly well in the Lowcountry. Though production here is not as consistent as Florida or California, we’ve encouraged many farmer partners in our seven years to plant more citrus. December and January citrus harvests can provide farmers with a ‘bridge’ crop between fall and spring—even a few trees can produce tons (literally tons) of fruit.

Mr. John Trask, Jr. of Orange Grove Plantation on St. Helena Island approached me a few years ago and asked if demand for local citrus was still high. In colonial times, on Lowcountry plantations like Orange Grove, families often planted small orchards. And in this tradition, Mr. Trask told me there was an older grove close to his home, but he was thinking about expansion. Orange Grove is a diverse farming operation that includes 801 acres of prime agricultural land under permanent conservation easement.

In 2015, Mr. Trask planted more than 200 trees on the farm at Orange Grove. With each passing year, and despite losing a handful of trees to several hard freezes, his trees continue to produce more and more fruit—and Mr. Trask keeps planting more trees. This month, you can find Orange Grove citrus on tables at the Obstinate Daughter and Sorghum and Salt or pick some up at the Vegetable Bin. For a complete list of where to find local produce, Find the Fork on our site.

P.S. Still dreaming up your New Year’s resolution? We got you! Join us now and pledge to eat more local food.

Featured Story

THE WAY OUT THERE podcast featuring SARA CLOW

Earlier this month, I had the chance to sit down with one of my best friends in the world, Jenny Badman at Blue Ion, for the latest episode of The Way Out There podcast. Jenny and I grew up together in New Jersey and connected to talk about my journey to the Lowcountry and passion for local food and the outdoors.

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Featured Recipe


Running toward lighter, healthier dishes after Christmas? Try this recipe for Orange and Ginger Carrots from Chef Beckie Hemmerling of Eat Simple Food. These carrots are first braised with ginger and orange juice and later topped with fresh orange zest.

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“I do not like broccoli, and I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And, I’m the President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.”

-George H.W. Bush

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