As part of the Lowcountry Local First’s ‘Eat Local Challenge’ I am going to be highlighting several CSA programs that I think are really great!!!! For those of you that might not be familiar with what a CSA program is…let me give a overview: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way for people to buy local, seasonal produce directly from a farmer. By purchasing a “share” consumers support the current year’s crop with money up front for a membership, and in exchange, each week during the growing season, they will receive a box of local, fresh, and seasonal produce from the farm. CSAs help the local farmers by providing the literal “seed” capital for farmers to prepare their operation and plant their crops for the coming seasons. Purchasing a CSA is a great way to learn the seasonality of produce in our local community, introduce your family to new things and learn farmer recommended recipes.
The first farm I’d like to highlight for the Eat Local Challenge is: Spade & Clover (located on John’s Island). Some of the things that I think that make this particular farm so interesting is the produce selection that John Warren picks to grow. He chooses vegetables that grow in semi-tropical climates in countries on the same longitude lines as our lovely city of Charleston. He looks to the environment to dictate what he grows – from tomatoes, cucumbers and kale to more exotic produce such as turmeric, ginger and galangal. He cultivates using sustainable methods such as cover cropping, which returns valuable nutrients to the soil. John and his team believe a farmer’s mission is to grow with as little negative ecological impact as possible.
Spade & Clover Gardens found its beginnings in 2013 through the Dirtworks Incubator Program supported by Lowcountry Local First. At 1.5 acres and growing, our farm is a purveyor to many local Charleston restaurants and provides fresh, organic and sustainable produce to city residents.
Spade & Clover CSA program:
Pick-up is every Thursday from March 16th – June 29th at one of our three locations: Downtown (near the Citadel), The Glass Onion (West Ashley) or Johns Island at Spade & Clover Gardens. You select your preferred pick-up when you purchase the share and it does NOT change from week to week. Pick-up is from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
One share feeds two people comfortably. A minimum of 7 items will be offered weekly ranging from seasonal greens, herbs, root vegetables and foraged items. Occasionally, they will source items from local farms with similar cultivation practices. The season runs from March 16th – June 29th
$320 (current sale price) egg add on $45
website and CSA sign up: spadeandclovergardens.net