GrowFood Carolina

The Coastal Conservation League launched GrowFood Carolina, the state’s first local food hub, in 2011.

Project

GrowFood Carolina


The Conservation League started its Food and Agriculture program in 2007 with the goal of protecting South Carolina’s small, family farms. Between 1992 and 1997, more than 400 acres of rural land were converted every day to urban uses, placing South Carolina in the top ten states in the nation for rural land loss. We quickly realized that small farmers lacked access to the infrastructure available to industrial farms, and were therefore unable to say “no” when a developer offered to buy their land. The Conservation League saw a food hub as critical to our work protecting rural landscapes and improving quality of life across the coastal plain.

The objective of GrowFood is to tap into the existing assets of small-scale agriculture to help create a stronger rural economy, spurring job creation, and building capacity in rural communities by connecting farm businesses to the thriving local food movement. The resurgence of small-scale agriculture presents a tremendous opportunity to positively impact the rural economy. Increased agricultural production leads to increased economic activity, and allows farmers to stay on their land for generations to come.

GrowFood officially opened its doors in 2011 at a warehouse in downtown Charleston. The hub has grown from marketing for 5 producers to more than 85, all in the state of South Carolina. GrowFood 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. Since its opening, GrowFood has returned almost $5.5 million to farmers.

 

How GrowFood Works

 

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Who is Growing It

Anson Mills
Bates Farm
Beards Farm
Black Pearl Farms
Branches Farms
Brant Family Farm
Brewton Plantation
Brickyard Point Farms
Bulls Bay Saltworks
Burbage Farms
Burden Creek Farm
Busy Boys Farm
C-Breeze Farm
Cannon Farm
CARE Farm
Carolina Plantation
Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse
City Roots
Clemson University Student Organic Farm
Compost In My Shoe
Crescent Farms
Cypress Hill Farm
Dogwood Citrus Farm
Dotson Farms
DMF Farms
Eastover Nut Farm
Farm 418
Fort Farms
Fresh Lowcal
Gallop’s Farm
Groves Manor Farm
Henry Farms
Hickory Bluff Farms
Hickory Hill Milk
High House Farm
Hokuwa Oyate Farm
Holy City Farms
Home Sweet Farm
Horsecreek Honey Farms
Island Tomato Growers
James Long Jr Farm
Kurios Farms
Ladson Farm
Lavington Farms
Lowcountry Creamery
Lowland Farms
Manchester Farms
Maple Ridge Farm
Meadows Mushrooms
Middleton Place Organic Farm
Monetta Asparagus Farm
Murdaugh Farms
Old McDonald Farms
Old Tyme Bean Company
Orange Grove Plantation
Rebecca Farms
Red Rooster Organics
Rosebank Farms
Sandy Hill Organic Farms
Saw Mill Pond Vineyard
Scots Burn Forest Farms
Sea Island Citrus & Nut Farm
Sea Island Farm
Second Harvest Farm
Sheldon Farms
Shuler Farm
Solio Family Farms
Spade & Clover Gardens
Split Creek Creamery 
Sweet Blues Farm
Third Day Farms
Three Sisters Farm
Three Sons Farm
Tic Toc Mushrooms
Tuten Farms
Vertical Roots Farm
Wabi Sabi Farm
Watsonia Farms
Willard Farms
Williams Vineyards & Farms
WW Kirven Farms
Yaupon Farms

 

GrowFood Fork

Find the Fork!

 

Downtown

5church
167 Raw
Anson Restaurant
Babas on Cannon
Baker & Brewer
Basic Kitchen
Bay Street Biergarten
Bin 152
Brown’s Court Bakery
Butcher & Bee
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits
Cannon Green
Carolina Yacht Club
Charleston Grill
Chez Nous
Chubby Fish
Circa 1886
College of Charleston: Liberty Street Fresh Foods, City Bistro, Marty’s 159, Catering, Office of Sustainability
Cooper River Brewing
Cru Café
The Daily
Daps Breakfast | Imbibe
The Darling Oyster Bar
Delaney Oyster House
The Dewberry
Doar Bros 
Edmund’s Oast
Edmunds Oast Brewery Company
Estadio
FIG
Francis Marion Hotel 
The Gaillard Center
Gale
goat.sheep.cow – North
The Grocery
Hank’s Seafood
The Harbinger Café
Harken Cafe + Bakery
Harold’s Cabin
Harris Teeter – East Bay Street
Herd Provisions
High Wire Distilling Company
Home Team BBQ
Hotel Bennett
Hotel Emeline
Huriyali Gardens
HUSK
Indaco
Lewis Barbecue
The Macintosh
Maison
Malagon
Melfi’s
Mercantile & Mash
The Mills House
O-Ku
Oak Steakhouse 
Off Track Ice Cream
The Ordinary
Peninsula Grill
Poogan’s Porch
Prohibition
Purlieu
Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Renzo
Revelry Brewing Company
Second State Coffee
Shiki
Slightly North of Broad
Sorghum and Salt
Sugar Bakeshop
Sushi Wa Izakaya
Ted’s Butcherblock
The Vegetable Bin
The Vendue
Trident Technical College
Tu
Verde – Downtown
Vintage Lounge
Wild Common
Xiao Biao Biscuit
Zero Restaurant + Bar

James Island, Johns Island, Wadmalaw, Kiawah, Seabrook & Folly

AMOR Healing Kitchen
Baguette Magic
Bar George
Bishop Gadsen
Deep Water Vineyard
Food Fight
Harris Teeter – Folly Beach
Harris Teeter – Folly Road
Harris Teeter – Harborview Road
Harris Teeter – Maybank Highway
Kiss Cafe
Kwei Fei
La Tela Pizzeria
Seabrook Island Club
The Beach Club
The Rowan Tree
The Woodruff
Wild Olive

West Ashley

Betty Lou’s Bistro
Broom Wagon Coffee
Cannon Distillery
Charles Towne Fermentory
Dolce Bakery
Early Bird Diner
Frothy Beard Brewing Co.
The Glass Onion
Harris Teeter – Savannah Highway
Home Team BBQ
Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails
Whole Foods – West Ashley

Mt. Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, IOP & Daniel Island

Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina
Community Table
Daniel Island Club
Dockery’s
Grace and Grit
Harris Teeter – Chuck Dawley
Harris Teeter – Houston Northcutt
Harris Teeter – IOP Connector
Harris Teeter – Isle of Palms
Harris Teeter – Long Point Road
Harris Teeter – Route 41
Harris Teeter – Tea Planter Lane
Kudzu Bakery
Long Island Cafe
Middle Street Market
The Obstinate Daughter
Post House Restaurant & Inn
SAVI Cucina + Wine Bar
Second State Coffee – Mount Pleasant 
Tavern and Table
Tidal Grounds Coffee
Westbrook Brewing Company
Whole Foods – Mount Pleasant
Wood and Grain

North Charleston, Goose Creek & Summerville

Archway Academy
EVO
Eurest – Boeing
Freehouse Brewery
Guckenheimer at Google 
Holy City Brewing
JackRabbit Filly
The Junction Kitchen & Provisions
Metanoia Youth Leadership Academy
Momo Kitchen & Market
Not by Bread Alone
Sermet’s Courtyard
Ship’s Wheel Hard Cider
Stems & Skins
Yeaman’s Hall Club

State & Regional

4P Foods
A.C.E. Basin Growers
Bonny Hall Plantation
Brays Island Plantation Colony
Bulls Bay Golf Club
Catawba Farm and Food Coalition
Freshlist
Happy Dirt
Johnson Family Farms
Lowcountry Leadership Charter School
Palmetto Pastures
Pawley’s Island General Store
Pee Dee Mobilize Farmer’s Market
Roxbury Mercantile

Columbia

14 Carrot Whole Foods
Black Rooster
Bourbon
Curiosity Coffee Bar
Dupre Catering & Events
F2T Productions & Catering
Hendrix
Honey River Catering
Lula Drake
Market on Main
Motor Supply Company
Primal Gourmet – St. Andrews
Primal Gourmet – West Columbia 
Rosewood Market
Sapori
SmallSUGAR
Southern Way Catering
Tasty as Fit
Terra
Transmission Arcade
The War Mouth
Whole Foods – Columbia

Greenville

The Eighth State Brewing Company
Fork and Plough
HUSK – Greenville
Swamp Rabbit Cafe 
Whole Foods – Greenville

Hilton Head & Bluffton

Farm Bluffton 
Frankie Bones – Bluffton 
Frankie Bones – Hilton Head 
Poseidon
Sea Pines Resort
Skull Creek Boathouse
Skull Creek Dockside
WiseGuys

Savannah

Back in the Day Bakery
Brighter Day Natural Foods Market
Cohen’s Retreat
Cotton & Rye
The Fat Radish
The Grey
The Grey Market
HUSK – Savannah
Local 11ten Food & Wine
Nom Nom Poke Shop
Pizzeria Vittoria
Prohibition – Savannah
The Sentient Bean
Two Tides Brewing Company 
Whole Foods – Savannah

Mobile

Atlyss
The Amazing Graze
Cannonborough Beverage Company
Charleston Farm Fresh
Chef BJ Dennis
Chicken Fats
Dalai Sofia Ferments
The Drifter
Duvall Catering
Enough Pie
Fields to Families
Gingervine Street Food
Green Lite Organics
Harvest to Highchair
Interactive Home Cooking
Indigenius Cuisine
JMC Charleston
Kenchi Ferments
The Lee Bros.
Life Raft Treats
Lowcountry Street Grocery
Made to Taste
One Love Kombucha
Rosalie’s
Roti Rolls
Salthouse Catering
Semilla
Simple Provisions
Southern Keep
The Stone Soup Collective 
Tidewater Catering


Contact Us

[email protected] · 843.727.0091

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