A few years ago, Trevor and I were in New Orleans to celebrate New Years Eve and spend time with his family. We spent New Years Day at his Aunt Melanie’s house where she cooked us black eyed peas and cabbage, a New Year’s tradition I was unfamiliar with at the time. Now, I’m reminded of South Carolina’s take on the tradition, as I order our weekly haul (cowpeas included) from Sea Island Local Outlet (SILO), an online farmer’s market of sorts. Guess we’ll be making some Hoppin’ John New Years Day to bring us luck in 2016.
SILO has become a staple in our grocery shopping pattern during these last few months of Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSA’s) being closed for the season. We first learned of the program through Grow Food Carolina, where we conveniently pick up our weekly cooler bag of fresh and local goodies, all for a great price. Some of which include; bread, greens, cheese, rice, honey, spices, pies, and so much more. The online market, which normally runs through Wednesday at noon for orders, is available for pick-up every Thursday. Like a CSA, you pick up all of these items bagged together, but you select the items yourself from several different farmers and vendors. There is no weekly requirement to order, which is great for when you’re traveling. Best to put in your order sooner than later, if you are interested that week, as some items sell out quickly. What I loved during this holiday season, was the way they promoted their health, beauty, and crafts. Do you need a worm compost kit? They have that, too.
To learn more about SILO and becoming a member, visit their site, read about the growers and producers, peruse their market, and get to shopping. Their weekly newsletter provides a list of what’s available for the week and their colorful pictures are always enticing. If you’re making resolutions, why not add supporting local agriculture to that list?
A sample list of this week’s offerings (order by noon today, 12/28 for the holiday schedule!):
Purple Sweet Potatoes
Tuscan Bean Ravioli
Here’s wishing you lots of love and luck in 2016, friends!