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City Roots

By / Photography By Corryn Lytle | April 19, 2018
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At City Roots, tender baby greens, bright Easter egg radishes and the crest of carrots are the first signs of spring. While springtime lures us outdoors to celebrate nature’s beauty and rhythms, the season’s rainbow of produce calls us to the table to spend time with family and friends. 

From its start in 2009, City Roots has steadily grown to become a cornerstone in Columbia’s local food community. South Carolina’s first urban farm sits on three and a half acres on the outskirts of the Rosewood neighborhood, where Robbie and Eric McClam, father and son, have built a USDA organic farming operation that includes greenhouse microgreens, seasonal field crops, fresh-cut flowers and several different varieties of gourmet mushrooms. City Roots is a vibrant spot—farmer’s market, community festivals and summer camp for kids, as well as monthly harvest dinners, local food festivals and cooking classes, all to help connect the people of Columbia to their farmers and their food.

City Roots’ new off-site farm location, Tupelo, will expand the urban farm field crop production capabilities. Locals can support the farm, learn how to eat seasonally and be an active participant in the local food movement by participating in City Roots year-round Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Customers can buy a portion of the farm’s harvest in advance and pick up weekly “shares” throughout the season. City Roots’ fresh produce can also be picked up at Soda City Market every Saturday. 

On April 29, City Roots will celebrate its 10th growing season with the Back to the Roots Festival

For more information about City Roots’ CSA program and to register for the next season, visit 

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