Kate DeWitt and Lindsey Barrow's Lowcountry Street Grocery is hitting the road
For over three years, Lindsey Barrow and Kate DeWitt have been working to get a mobile farmers market on the road all in an effort to bring fresh produce to the Lowcountry's food deserts. And now, after a Kickstarter, lots of paint, and plenty of sweat, their 1988 Ford B700 school bus is street ready.
As DeWitt explained in our issue of Dirt
last year, the purpose of the Lowcountry Street Grocery (LSG) bus is to address the problem of food access in Charleston. "We enjoy a nearly year-long growing season here in the Lowcountry, and we're home to some of the best restaurants, chefs, artisans, local producers, and farmers out there," she said. "It's just a matter of overcoming some of the geographic and economic barriers that limit access for some shoppers. That's really where the mobility piece is key. Our mobile market will work to overcome those barriers by not only making the healthy option available, but also convenient and affordable."
LSG plans to accept of Electronic Benefit Transfer/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (EBT/SNAP) benefits as well as pilot South Carolina's Healthy Bucks program, where SNAP benefits redeemed at healthy food outlets are matched dollar-for-dollar.
At 3:30-5 p.m. today
Barrow and DeWitt will show off the bus they've lovingly named Nell at Park Cafe for a pop-up market. Visitors are invited to shop for fresh local veggies, breads, pasture-raised eggs, and more. The event is one in a series of pop-up/soft openings for LSG as it gets going and out on the streets.
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