South Carolina Grown

Pamela Schmutz
Home & Garden Information Center

Ask for South Carolina. Nothing’s Fresher. Nothing’s Finer. This is the motto for the South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s (SCDA) new Certified South Carolina Grown program. Consumers looking for fresh, wholesome produce enjoy buying foods grown locally rather than those transported long distances and stored for extended times. A Certified South Carolina grown label ensures that the item is a first-quality product grown in South Carolina.

The SCDA’s Certified SC Grown web site (http://www.certifiedscgrown.com/default.aspx) provides information on foods that are grown in SC and where locally grown produce can be purchased. South Carolina ranks #2 nationally in fresh-market production of peaches, and at or near the top of production of leafy greens such as collards, kale, turnips and mustard. South Carolina consistently ranks in the top ten each year in overall production of tomatoes and watermelons. To find out when you can expect locally grown fruits or vegetables to be available, check out the SC Produce Availability Chart (http://www.certifiedscgrown.com/pdf/Producechart.pdf).

The following links will help you find markets in your area that provide locally grown produce:

  • SC Community-Based Farmer Markets — Lists farmer markets by county throughout SC. http://www.scda.state.sc.us/pro&services/marketdevelopment/markets.htm
  • SC Roadside Market Directory — Lists certified roadside markets in SC that offer locally grown produce. http://www.scda.state.sc.us/consumerinformation/scroadsidemarket/scroadsidemarket.htm
  • SC State Farmer’s Markets —Greenville, Columbia and Pee Dee State Farmer’s Markets http://www.scda.state.sc.us/pro&services/marketdevelopment/statefarmersmkts/scmkts.htm
  • Foothills Direct Market Association — Lists farms in the upstate that sell their products directly to the consumer. http://www.foothillsmarket.com/

For information on selecting and storing fruits and vegetables to maintain best quality, see the Home and Garden Information Center’s fact sheet, HGIC 3483, Selecting & Storing Fruits & Vegetables. For information on handling fresh produce safely, see HGIC 3517, Safe Handling of Produce.

For food safety and selection at the Farmer’s Market see The Garden Grocery (http://lancaster.unl.edu/food/farmmkt.pdf).

For information on assistance to small family farms, the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program and the Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program see Small Farms and Farmers Market Nutrition Program http://www.scda.state.sc.us/pro&services/marketdevelopment/smallfarm.htm).

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This information is supplied with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service is implied. All recommendations are for South Carolina conditions and may not apply to other areas. Use pesticides only according to the directions on the label. All recommendations for pesticide use are for South Carolina only and were legal at the time of publication, but the status of registration and use patterns are subject to change by action of state and federal regulatory agencies. Follow all directions, precautions and restrictions that are listed.