A Project of the Coastal Conservation League
For Immediate Release
September 27, 2016
Contact: Alan Hancock, (843) 781-6144, [email protected]
CHARLESTON – GrowFood Carolina, South Carolina’s first food hub, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week.
GrowFood Carolina provides local farmers the sales, marketing, logistics, warehousing and distribution functions they need and that previously have been available only to large-scale industrial farms. Wholesale customers range from restaurants all over metropolitan Charleston, to Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, Earth Fare, and the College of Charleston.
Sara Clow, the General Manager of GrowFood Carolina said in an email to supporters, “In the last five years, we’ve returned over $2.8 million back to local farmers. We now work with 80 producers around South Carolina and distribute to over 200 customers. GrowFood Carolina is a passionate team of nine and we look forward to seeing how much more we can accomplish in the next five years.”
Joey Siconolfi of Frothy Beard Brewing said, “One of the few downsides of making beer in the Southeast is that it’s hard to get ingredients locally. Most of our barley and grain comes from the Midwest and our hops predominantly come from the Pacific Northwest. Growfood Carolina, however, has put us in touch with passionate growers from all over the fine state of South Carolina.”
GrowFood Carolina will host an anniversary celebration Thursday, September 29, at 6:30, at 990 Morrison Drive to celebrate the anniversary. Salthouse Catering, Travis Grimes of Husk Restaurant, Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill, Shawn Kelly of High Cotton Charleston, and Mike Lata of FIG Charleston will provide the food at the event.
Tickets and more information on the Fifth Anniversary Celebration are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growfood-carolina-celebrates-five-years-tickets-27434966724.