Lowcountry Local First

Vocal for Local: Palmetto Pastures

Throughout the month of October, we will be featuring eight unique Lowcountry Local First member businesses as they tell their story and why they’re proud to be Certified Local. Follow along! We hope you enjoy getting to know some of your neighbors as much as we do. Let’s get Vocal for Local!Not yet

Vocal for Local: Piece of Work

Throughout the month of October, we will be featuring eight unique Lowcountry Local First member businesses as they tell their story and why they’re proud to be Certified Local. Follow along! We hope you enjoy getting to know some of your neighbors as much as we do. Let’s get Vocal for Local!Not yet

Vocal for Local: Off Track Ice Cream

Throughout the month of October, we will be featuring eight unique Lowcountry Local First member businesses as they tell their story and why they’re proud to be Certified Local. Follow along! We hope you enjoy getting to know some of your neighbors as much as we do. Let’s get Vocal for Local!Not yet

NOW HIRING: Director of Development

Organization: Lowcountry Local FirstPosition: Director of Development (Full-time)Reports to: Executive DirectorApplication Deadline: Open until filledSalary Range: $60,000 – $70,000 annually plus benefitsSummary: Lowcountry Local First (LLF) is an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization, founded in 2

Q&A with the 2019 City of Charleston Mayoral Candidates

Ahead of the City of Charleston’s mayoral election on Nov. 5, 2019, Lowcountry Local First has partnered with the Charleston City Paper to ask the six candidates pitching themselves to be the city’s next leader about specific policies that affect local businesses in our community. The questions pose

South Carolina Federal Credit Union Spotlight

Many remnants of the Charleston Naval Shipyard still exist throughout the Lowcountry today, but none as prominent as South Carolina Federal Credit Union. In 1936, SC Federal began in the heart of the Charleston Naval Shipyard as The Charleston Navy Yard Employees Federal Credit Union. 14 Charleston

GDC Home Spotlight

Walking into any GDC Home, it’s easy to see why this ‘home décor emporium’ has functioned as a local staple in the Lowcountry for so long. With complimentary in-store services, home inspiration as far as the eye can see, and even a completely off the electric grid flagship store, GDC stands out as a

Your Public Library Supports Local Businesses Too

When you think of your neighborhood library, you may think of cozy reading alcoves, youth programming and speaker series. But did you know that your local library system also offers a bounty of resources (often free) for businesses to utilize? This includes resources to help you start, run and marke

Eat Local Challenge Recipes: Mushroom Pasta Sauce with Venison Meatballs

Mushroom Pasta Sauce and Venison MeatballsAuthor: Becca Davidson, 2018 Growing New Farmers Program graduatePasta Sauce Ingredients:– About 4 cups local or home-grown tomatoes – peeled and chopped (or canned tomatoes)– 3oz. of tomato paste– 1 cup of mushrooms, thinly sliced, local preferred– 8 cloves

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 2019 Options

Online subscriptions are available for so many products these days, so why not subscribe to fresh local produce? That’s essentially what joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is, providing a weekly or monthly bundle of seasonal local produce grown with love from a farm – or group o

Eat Local Challenge Recipes by Jamee Haley

The following recipes were produced by Lowcountry Local First’s Executive Director, Jamee Haley, and were featured in the April 2019 issue of Charleston Magazine.Appetizer: Carrot Crostini with Burden Creek Farms Goat CheeseServes 41 cup shredded local carrots1 tsp. fresh dill½ tsp. fresh lemon jui

Eat Local Challenge Recipes: Sheet Pan Supper and Shiso Lemon Shandy

Sausage and Veggie Sheet Pan SupperProvided by: Joy Carter, 2018 Growing New Farmers Program graduateIngredients: Chili cheese sausages from Wishbone Heritage Farm 2 sweet potatoes from spade and clover (or other local source) 2 red peppers from Ambrose Farm (or other local source) 1/2 lb. brussel s

Eat Local Challenge: Five Ways I choose to Eat Local

The following Eat Local Challenge post is by Stephanie Hodges of The Nourished Principles, which combines nutrition and public health practices to encourage healthier individuals, communities, organizations, and schools. This April is Eat Local Month here in Charleston, and I am thrilled to be a par

Eat Local Challenge: Traveling Like a Local with Sightsee Shop

This Eat Local Challenge story is provided by local lovers and SightSee Shop duo, Allyson & Joel. Follow the journey to their first retail + coffee shop opening up soon on Line Street.There’s this funny irony about the admonition to “travel like a local.” What does that even mean? Spend hundreds of

Eat Local Challenge Recipe: Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast PizzaProvided by: Katherine Ramirez, 2018 Growing New Farmers Program graduateIngredients: 1 lb. pizza dough from Rio Bertolini. Available at most local farmers market 9 oz. of alfredo sauce 3 medium eggs, scrambled. (Available from Wishbone Heritage Farms) 3 oz. of chopped green peppers.

Shifting Your Diet towards Local: Featured Post by MUSC Health

When people talk to me about what they can do to improve their diet, I don’t advise an outrageous overhaul. Instead, I encourage people to make small shifts they can stick with such as choosing water over soda, having a second serving of veggies at dinner or grilling instead of frying. Although thes

Show #HowIEatLocal and Win Some Green

Show us how you eat and drink local throughout April! Participate in our fun Instagram contest supported by Verde beginning April 1 to showcase your shift in local eating to support farmers and fishermen.How it Works:Capture a photo of one of our Eat Local habits (see below list) and post to Instagr

Eat Local Challenge Restaurant Supporters

The below list is compiled of LLF member restaurants who submitted menu items to be included in this special promotion. If you represent an active member restaurant and wish to be added, please e-mail Jordan.5Church CharlestonExecutive Chef Adam will be offering an appetizer to support local. Panzan

2019 Eat Local Challenge Team Leaderboard

*This list is finalized as of 5 p.m. on April 30, 2019. Thank you all for participating!1st place:Amplified Ag – 90 individuals2nd place: GrowFood – 76 individuals3rd place: MUSC – 54 individualsOther participating teams include:CHS TodayCharleston Farmers MarketCroghan’s Jewel BoxFalko MotorsGrassr

Avenue for Change

Thank you to Charleston Magazine for this awesome article in their March 2019 issue!Street Team: Metanoia owns three adjacent buildings on Reynolds Avenue, with the middle one fronted by healthy eatery Dellz on the Macon. (Right, top and bottom) Clemson students built a model of the street for the B

Lowcountry Local First to launch Good Enterprises Initiative in Fall 2019

Community Business Academy will be held in North Charleston in Sept 2019– Media coverage in Charleston City Paper, Feb 19, 2019: Lowcountry Local First hopes its Community Business Academy will help cultivate local entrepreneursThe following announcement was released February 14, 2019:Lowcountry Loc

Preserving the true value of community through small business

The following opinion piece ran in the Post and Courier on February 18, 2019. Photo above by Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff.The loss of the long-standing East Bay True Value Hardware, a community-focused store, is contrary to the ongoing conversation our city has around transportation, congestion and liva