Have you noticed the new captions in the produce department of Harris Teeter? Cute handwritten bubble signs announcing, “locally grown.” No kidding. Cabbages, collards, mustard greens, peaches, grape tomatoes, and others display their hometown pride.
It is reassuring that a regional, but large, grocery store is utilizing the farms here in the Carolinas. The shipping required for our daily diets is costing us more fossil fuel and energy use than we dare to realize. Buying local is an huge step towards lessening our environmental impact.
Other than Whole Foods, I’m not certain if this trend is offered at other chain grocery stores. I chose this Harris Teeter because it’s located three miles from home, but mostly I tend to stick with Whole Foods for stocking our pantry and fridge (apples from North Carolina, hooray!)
As I learn how to adjust our menus according to what is in season, I’ll have to admit I’m not perfect. At seven months pregnant, those clementines from Peru look like the best candies known to man. I give in, here and there, but continue to try and shop for foods with little or no packaging and lesser miles traveled.
Here are some local food links:
Local farmers markets:
- Charleston Farmers Market
- James Island Presbyterian Church Farmers Market
- Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
- North Charleston Farmers Market
- Stono Farm Market
- Summerville Farmers Market
- Whole Foods Market