Support Local. Shop Local. Eat Local!

Support Local. Shop Local. Eat Local!

There are numerous benefits of eating local. 

One is the economic benefit of purchasing local; sales of local foods in the US have nearly doubled from $5 billion in 2008 to $11.7 billion in 2014. Research shows that for every dollar spent on locally-produced foods and their products, between $0.32 and $0.90 is returned to the local economy. Another benefit is the environmental impact of purchasing locally. Locally sourced food can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation due to the shorter distance the food travels. Consuming local foods may have added health benefits as well. Often, we are purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables from local producers and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is linked to decreased risk of some forms of cancer and heart disease.

Want to know more about how you can support local year round? Hear from a local registered dietician and foodie, Stephanie Hodges, on her recommendations.

Vertical Roots comes to the Midlands – WLTX 19

WLTX 19, LEXINGTON, S.C. — Vertical Roots, based out of Charleston, is expanding their hydroponic lettuce farms to a second location at the S.C. State Farmers Market in Lexington County.  

CEO of Vertical Roots, Don Taylor, explains hydroponics as farming without using soil as a medium.

 “The roots are hanging in the air and the water and water is running over the roots. So, we deliver water and nutrients to the plant with no dirt,” said Taylor

Indaco, GrowFood, and Vertical Roots Partnership

Indaco, GrowFood, and Vertical Roots Partnership

Take an inside look at how local food is distributed to local restaurants through Charleston’s GrowFood Carolina, Indaco Restaurant, and Vertical Roots.

“Since I moved here about a year and a half ago i was really really happy to find GrowFood. It’s kind of the main space to help connect all the farmers to all the local restaurants.”  – Chef Michael Holler, Incado