Slow Food Columbia is one of 200+ Slow Food USA chapters, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Our mission is to support the movement behind GOOD, CLEAN and FAIR foodways in the Midlands and beyond. Our convivium hosts workshops, potlucks and other events throughout the year to celebrate local + seasonal flavors; to showcase the culinary talents of our region's chefs, farmers, + artisan producers; to strengthen connections between members of our local food community; and to educate the public about the importance of knowing where your food comes from.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Renovated Building Ready for All-Local Farmers' Market

Renovated Market Building at 701 Whaley

It had been two weeks since I'd looked in on the renovations for the All-Local Farmers' Market. I'd told Tracie I'd write about the market's Grand Re-opening, so I biked over at lunch today to check it out. The market will be in the building this Saturday. 701 Whaley manager Tom Chinn was doing a little cleaning up when I got there.

Wood recycled from 701 Whaley beams

Inside, serious progress from two weeks ago. Along the lower back wall, wood paneling has been installed. Tom told me the wood was recycled from beams that had been in 701 Whaley. Floral & Hardy had also been over, working on their new booth.

Garage doors installed across front

The arched garage doors are in and you can see how much more natural light there will be, even if the doors are lowered.

Posts also made from old beams
The addition of a porch across the front of the building is really wonderful.

Tom pointed out a couple of details--more 701 Whaley beams re-purposed to support the porch roof and as newels.

Tom Chinn, not wanting
his picture taken btw.
The market will be here on Saturday, regular hours 8am-noon, but with extra activities to celebrate moving back in--cooking demonstrations by Kristian Niemi and The Flying Foodie and S.C.-brewed beer on the house, from Thomas Creek Brewery, to toast the new space.

If you need more information, you can find it at or on Facebook.

Pumpkins at Heyward & Queen
On my way home, I rode by a pretty darned appealing pumpkin "patch," sort of a mini pumpkin museum.

It's at the church on the corner of Heyward and Queen in Shandon. Pumpkins are for sale; if no one's there, you can use their self-serve honor system.

--Jenny Maxwell

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

50 Green Resources for Eco-Friendly Schools

We received a tip-off on this terrific list of 50 online resources for eco-friendly schools from

Take a look!

50 Online Resources for Eco-Friendly Schools

"Schools produce lots of things – honor roll students, star athletes, influential teachers and some of the largest amounts of waste. Educational settings have been known to waste energy, food, water and paper on a daily basis."

"Thanks to the ongoing green movement, many schools now understand their impact on the environment and how it can be improved. Today’s eco-friendly schools are sustainable, energy efficient and better for the planet. With baby steps and big efforts, any school can transform into an eco-friendly environment and become an example for other institutions."

"Here are 50 online resources for eco-friendly schools:

Environmental News
These environmental news sites and blogs will keep students and educators up to date on sustainability, energy efficiency and other environmental issues affecting schools.
  1. The Daily Green.
    The Daily Green is your one-stop source for green news and sustainable practices you can try at your school.
  2. Grist.
    Environmental news site, Grist, discusses environmental sustainability, climate change and living green.
  3. E Magazine.
    E Magazine is a bimonthly publication that focuses on environmental news and resources for green living.
  4. Planetsave.
    Planetsave provides going-green tips and environmental news to keep you up to date.
  5. U.S. Green Building Council.
    Learn about how your school could get LEED certified and read news about other green school buildings."
Read about the other 45 here:

Our next Slow Food Columbia meeting will be this Monday, October 18 at 6:30pm at City Roots Farm, 1005 Airport Blvd, Columbia, SC 29205. Come join us!

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Visit to Sandhill Farmers' Market in Northeast Columbia

Hello all, 

This is Sarah Quick writing, a semi-recent member of Slow Food Columbia. Below is something I just posted in my own site, "Dear Folks and Anthropology," a blog that I basically started 2 years ago but left sitting for various reasons.

SFC events manager and blog administrator Tracie Broom recently invited me to post here at the Slow Food Columbia blog, and I thought the Sandhill Farmers' Market might interest some...

Almost every Tuesday, I visit the Sandhill Farmers' Market, run through Clemson University's Sandhill site, across from the new outdoor shopping mall at the Village at Sandhill.

They offer gardening advice from master gardners as well as information to vendors and shoppers.

Because of my Northeast location in Columbia, the Sandhill market has been more readily accessible than other farmers markets. I also like what I can get there: artisan bread (Heather's), SC shrimp, goat cheese and other local SC meats, honey and a larger variety of fruits and vegetables (some organic and some chemical free) depending on the season. Also available are organic soaps, boiled peanuts, and flowers as well as yummy kettle corn and toffee.

Vendors are required to have a certain amount of locally produced food/crafts to be able to sell there.

My usual purchases are the SC shrimp (soo good) from "the Shrimp Guy, LLC" and bread as well as some fruit and vegetables. Sometimes I don't eat a substantial lunch, so I might splurge on the yummy kettle corn while shopping.

This past Tuesday, Oct. 5th, I visited the market with a camera in tow. Besides the normal shrimp purchase, I decided to try some garlic brats from Old McCaskill's Farm.

I always like walking by this vendor because of the beautiful wool items for sale.

That's all for now, but see Susan Slack's excellent A Taste of Carolina blog for more pictures and recipes of September fare at this market.

Note: You can still join Slow Food for the reduced price of $25 (normally $60) through October 22, 2010!