Lowcountry Local First (LLF) wants us to shift at least $10 a week to local food for Eat Local Month, an initiative that's designed to bring awareness to the foodways and farmers of the area. Ten bucks is a pretty small pledge to make.
It's a couple baskets of local strawberries from Boone Hall or Ambrose Farms. Or a few bundles of asparagus from Monetta Farm. Or soft-shell crab entree at the Wich Doctor. It's a couple baguettes and some pretzel rolls from Browns Court Bakery.
To qualify as local food, it must be grown or produced locally, or at least within the state of South Carolina.
Nearly 20 local restaurants around town are offering some great local fare during the month of April. At Callie's Hot Little Biscuit, you can get 15 percent off the BLT biscuit, which is made with Johns Island arugula.
Most grocery stores now offer a section of produce from area farms, and now that the harvest is upon us, keep an eye out for strawberries, asparagus, beans, radishes, arugula, broccoli and so much more. Little markets like Blackbird on Johns Island and Veggie Bin downtown on Spring Street are great places for one-stop local food shopping. You can find not just vegetables but also breads, meats, sausages, eggs, milk and cheese.
My new favorite, though, is Lowcountry Street Grocery, Lindsay Barrow's bus that's filled to the brim with fresh veggies and local goods and brings freshness right to your neighborhood each week. Check out their schedule and make plans to board the bus and stock your pantry with some great items. The best part about the bus is that your purchases support his efforts to provide fresh food to underserved neighborhoods in the food deserts of North Charleston.