SC Farmers optimistic in the middle of the 2021 growing season

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After a tough year, South Carolinians can look forward to strawberries, watermelons, cucumbers, peaches, fresh butter beans, fresh basil and many other South Carolina crops.

“Our farmers have worked hard to support us during the pandemic and in 2021 I hope the South Carolinians show them some love,” Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers said. “You can support local farmers by choosing certified South Carolina food at the grocery store and farmer’s market and looking for fresh restaurants on the menu.

It’s springtime, and specialty crop farmers across the state are growing and harvesting fresh food to feed their communities.

“Everyone has a favorite preacher and mechanic, but they have to find their favorite farmer,” said Josh Johnson of Old Tyme Bean Co., a farmer from Elloree and president of the South Carolina Specialty Crop Growers Association.

LauraKate McAllister, Executive Director of the South Carolina Specialty Crop Growers Association, added, “When you support your local farming community, you are not only investing in the future, but you are providing yourself with nutritious food.”

Here are some of the specialty crops South Carolina farmers will be harvesting in the coming months:

April: Arugula, asparagus, beets, blueberries, bok choy, cabbage, carrots, cilantro, cabbage, fennel, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, microgreens, mushrooms, mustard and turnip, onions, parsley, peas (sugar / snap) , radish, Rutabagas, strawberries, chard, turnips

May: Arugula, Asparagus, Basil, Beans (Snap / Pole), Beets, Blueberries, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Coriander, Collards, Cucumbers, Fennel, Green Garlic, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Microgreens, Mushrooms, Mustard and green turnips, onions, parsley, peas (sugar / snap), potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, strawberries, summer squash, sweet corn, Swiss chard, turnips, zucchini

June: Basil, Beans (Snap / Pole), Blackberries, Blueberries, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Butter Beans, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Coriander, Collards, Cucumbers, Edamame, Eggplant, Fennel, Garlic, Herbs, Kale, Kohlrabi, Microgreens, Mushrooms, Okra, onions, peaches, peas (sugar / snap), peppers, plums, radishes, strawberries, summer squash, sweet corn, Swiss chard, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini

For more information on what’s in season, visit Certifiedsc.com.

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