In Our Premiere, Summer 2017, Issue

By Edible Columbia | Last Updated June 27, 2017
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Summer is upon us! Having launched Edible Charleston in the Spring, my family and I capitalized on our momentum and decided to launch Edible Columbia during this beautiful time of year. I am so excited to introduce the inaugural issue of Edible Columbia. So much is happening in the local and sustainable food scene throughout the Midlands, we could not wait to share it and welcome you to join us as we support the local food movement.

We are grateful to be part of the Edible community, which celebrates its 15-year anniversary in 2017, but for us, these are new beginnings, and thus our theme for our summer issue.

In “A New Beginning,” you’ll read how my family came to be part of the Edible family. And in keeping with that theme, I set the stage for what you can expect Edible Columbia to bring you: stories of local food, local folks and local triumphs.

Zooming in locally, our contributor, Janet Scouten, shares how she came to embody the importance of slowing down and thinking about where our food comes from and why that’s important. Our story on the Bradford watermelon reminds us how reviving South Carolina heirloom seeds preserves our history and sense of community. From preserving the old to creating the new, we introduce beginning farmer Chase Renninger of Woodland Valley Farms in Jackson, and highlight a South Carolina favorite, tomatoes, sharing ways to cook them for the beginning of the day…breakfast!

In another feature, you will meet Chef Jason Bruner, the new Executive Chef at 1801 Grille, located on campus at the University of South Carolina. Jason brings his global experience local with the use of fresh-from-the-farm ingredients in many of his dishes. If you’re looking for places outside of the city to visit, “Fork in the Road” takes a trip to Camden to visit historical sites, farmers’ markets and local farms that provide fun, relaxation and the opportunity to enjoy a variety of local products.

The Columbia and entire Midlands food scene is exciting, and the momentum is palpable. There are several folks leading the movement and working tirelessly to ensure that local and sustainable food systems grow in the Midlands (pun intended). In the coming issues, we aim to feature them and spotlight what they are doing, so you can get to know them and get involved.

There are many ways to support local: visit the farms and farmers’ markets; join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) or Farm Share for weekly fresh produce; or patronize restaurants, cafés, bakeries, breweries and markets that use and/or sell locally sourced ingredients.

One way to know that a business supports local is to look for the “Certified South Carolina” logo displayed at the business. Working together we can create a healthier future for our family, our community and our environment.

On behalf of my family, I want to express our sincere appreciation to our contributors, our advertisers, the community at large and our friends and neighbors, all of whom have embraced our vision and supported us in many ways to make this dream a reality. I look forward to Edible Columbia becoming a valued member of the community and bringing you the stories of how the Midlands eats and drinks for decades to come.

-Janice McHugh, Publisher

What's in Season: Summer

CSA produce in season in summer
Here’s a list of the produce you can expect to find at your local farmers’ market and on local menus in the coming months. Ask where your food is grown and sourced.

Rotini with Kale and Oyster Mushrooms

Rotini with Kale and Oyster Mushrooms
This quick pasta dish can be prepared as a meal or side, and is as pretty as it is tasty.

Corn Salad

Recipe by Janice McHugh

Farmers Markets in Columbia and the Midlands

fresh local tomatoes
Your guide to the local farmers markets in our area.

A New Beginning: The McHugh Family Joins the Edible Family

As I stand in my kitchen (where I spend most of my time), I am reminded of how I arrived at the place I am now—owning Edible Columbia and...

Watermelon, the Ultimate Late-Summer Party Favor

The 6th generation of the Bradford Watermelon Family.

Getting to Know Chef Jason Bruner of 1801 Grille

Chef Jason Bruner of 1801 Grille, Columbia, SC
Jason Bruner may be the (relatively) new kid on Columbia’s culinary block, but his approach is as old as the hills. And the fields, and yep, as old the bayou, too. He’s as rooted in local, fresh,...

Southern Grit Fries

Southern grit fries
For a quick appetizer, these grits can be prepared ahead and held in the refrigerator until ready to fry.

Tomatoes Afford Innovation at Woodland Valley Farms

Woodland Valley Farms
Classic vegetables like tomatoes can play their part in an innovative, small farming business. Consistently growing and selling tomatoes gives farmers a firm financial base that makes space for...

Green Tomato Jam

Green tomato jam with warm muffins
Unexpectedly sweet, this jam can be a savory start to a morning, served on a warm biscuit with hot coffee.

Summer Vegetable Tart

Summer Vegetable Tart with tomatoes
This fresh, light tart can be served as personal tarts, baked in small tart pans, or in family-style (below). Either way, there won’t be many leftovers.

Discovering Local Roots at a Roadside Farm Stand

Produce at farmers market stand
Eating local is about living local, and as we continue to rebuild our local food systems, we’re also rebuilding our communities. And as we savor this fleeting season of summer, its ripe and...

Taking the Country Roads Thru Camden

Chicken at Old McCaskill’s Farm in Camden, SC
There is something about venturing to the rustic rural sources for edibles that is food for the soul.

Josh Streetman, Barman at Motor Supply Co. Bistro, Cools Off with Local Seasonal Cocktails

The award-winning head barman at Columbia’s Motor Supply Company Bistro in the Vista since 2012, Streetman delivers that sun-soaked feeling at the bar through his seasonally inspired cocktails.

Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberry Cobbler cocktail
Back when sherry was king, the cobbler was a classic cocktail and everyone was drinking it. I like to do variations using local ingredients like blueberry and thyme. Thyme is one of my favorite herbs...

Toasted Coconut Snowball

Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Family, friends, favorite foods, cool refreshing drinks and sumptuous desserts keep the atmosphere at gatherings vibrant with happy sounds of laughter and great...
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