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Best Food Trend

Community Supported Agriculture

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Ask most folks in the rural parts of South Carolina what CSA stands for, and they'll likely point at the rebel flag on their porch long before saying anything about small-scale farmers establishing direct relationships within their communities. CSAs (the agricultural type, not the Confederates) have long been the norm in more progressive parts of the country like Vermont and California, where consumers are more likely to read the ingredients on their food packaging. Fortunately, the trend has reached the Lowcountry. By collecting payment from customers at the start of the planting season, farmers have the capital they need to get all of their seeds in the ground. When harvest time comes around, participants get a weekly bag of fresh groceries, straight out of the ground. Legare Family Farms and Rita's Roots at the Ambrose Family Farm are both offering CSAs this year, although they've mostly filled up, a testament to the demand for local produce. Without having to transport food from around the country, we save oil, resources, and our veggies are fresher. Not to mention, Wadmalaw strawberries taste better.

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