Eating well in South Carolina has never been so easy. With restaurants sourcing local fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats, and farmers markets popping up in every community, it's not hard to have fresh, local food on your plate.
Over the years, we've grown accustomed to getting whatever fruits and vegetables we want from the grocery store at any time of the year. Shoppers forgot produce has a season and that strawberries aren’t actually growing in South Carolina in December.
South Carolinians, though, are returning to their roots and shopping local, supporting local restaurants and remembering that foods eaten in their appropriate season really do taste best.
Here are some items you'll find in season this spring in South Carolina:
Come summer, you’ll be able to find many of these same springtime items in season along with warm weather favorites such as cantaloupes, corn, eggplant, figs, peppers, raspberries, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and watermelon.
Many of these items are available at area farmers markets where you can fill your shopping bag with the freshest fruits and vegetables – sometimes picked that day and ready for your evening dinner.
Farmer’s Market at The Shops at Sea Pines Center – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at 71 Lighthouse Road.
Farmers Market of Bluffton – 1 p.m.to 6 p.m. Thursdays at 40 Calhoun St. in Bluffton.
Jasper County Farmers Market – 1 p.m.to 6 p.m. Fridays at 9935 South Jacob Smart Blvd. in Ridgeland.
Or, let someone else do the shopping and cooking. Check out the White Asparagus and Wine Dinner hosted by Montage Palmetto Bluff. Celebrate the ritual of going hunting for the first white asparagus. The season traces its roots to France and Germany, where white asparagus are eaten in abundance from late April to the end of June. Classically it is seen as the first blush of spring on the table, alongside spring garlic, morels and suckling lamb.
Master Sommelier Michael McNeil, who has worked alongside numerous world-renowned five-star chefs including Gray Kunz at Lespinasse, Craig Shelton at The Ryland Inn and Guenther Seeger and Bruno Menard at The Dining Room, will showcase what he and Director of Wine Jesse Rodriguez have deemed ideal asparagus pairings. This unique dinner event is at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 13. Cost is $230 per person.
Commit to eating in season during the spring and summer months. Not only does the food taste fresher, but it’s also a way to support South Carolina’s farmers and growers who feed us well.
To learn more, visit MontagePalmettoBluff.com or call 1-866-706-6565.