Grip's Produce

Amid the neon lights and drive-thrus of Folly Road, there's a Grapes of Wrath-era wooden bed pick-up truck parked by the side of the road, loaded with pumpkins. Pull in and you'll meet Grip Lawson, who bought the stand from Huck's Produce last March. Lawson comes from a family of farmers, and he sources much of his produce, including pumpkins and gourds, from his uncle's Horry County farm. His collards, pecans, and sweet potatoes come from his own small plot in Goose Creek. The rest he buys direct from farmers at the weekly market in Columbia. "If you can't grow it in South Carolina, we don't sell it," explains Grip, who can also be spotted at the corner of Meeting Street Road and Dorchester Road in North Charleston, peddling watermelons and collards from his truck. Grip's is open Mon.–Sat. from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. —Stratton Lawrence

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