When it comes to rivalries, everyone knows local is better. Everyone also knows that the freshest, tastiest food is local. Luckily, the state of South Carolina has an abundance of both. After all, Carolina and Clemson have been competing against each other for nearly 120 years in a multitude of sports and other events. And, SC farmers grow everything from apples to zucchini. That’s why Certified SC Grown products are the perfect match for any serious tailgater’s spread, no matter what sport.
In fact, agribusiness is the state’s largest industry and a major driver of economic development in rural areas. The state has about 25,000 farms on 4.9 million acres, while forests cover two-thirds of the land in the state. The total economic impact is $41.7 billion annually – a 23% increase since 2006.
That might not sound too “local,” but the truth is, our local farms and farmers depend on selling what they grow right here in South Carolina. And that’s really why the Certified SC Grown program exists.
It’s a cooperative effort with farmers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture to brand and promote South Carolina products – just look for the Certified SC Grown label where you shop. And when it’s easy to find, identify and buy South Carolina products, you know you’re taking home food or eating at restaurants that serve fresher, tastier foods and supporting local farmers.
We even have a free, simple Fresh on the Menu app to help you find restaurants and recipes that feature South Carolina’s freshest foods. Just download the app to your mobile phone or tablet. And, don’t forget to check out our Pinterest page for great tailgate recipes.