Wade Spees // The Post and Courier

Johns Island farmer Frank Simmons packs up peanuts and other spring crops at the close of the farmers market at North Charleston’s Park Circle on Thursday. He soon will be planting fall crops of collards, turnips, mustard greens and kale, plus a second planting of some vegetables. After a career working for a manufacturer that moved to Texas several years ago. “I decided I’m going back to the earth — and I haven’t regretted it,” he said.