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While the city may have put voting on the Charleston Green Committee's Green Plan on hold, you don't have to wait to approve the vote for greens in your own home. Yes ... we're talking veggies!
Charleston has several eco-friendly, organic and local grocery options (with some that deliver) that won't cost you an arm or a leg.
Take for instance Queen Street Grocery's Discount Organic Grocery Club. Join their monthly club and choose from over 500 brands like Kombucha, Organic Valley, Seventh Generation, etc. for around half of what you'd pay at Whole Foods or Earth Fare. Plus, they offer local produce, milk and eggs. They do this by partnering with a national wholesaler and marking up the product less. Works right? Their site's in progress but you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, stop by the store at 133 Queen Street, or call (843) 723-412.
There's also Gary's Organic, a delivery vegetable and produce service. Gary's features mostly local produce when possible but will ship some domestic product. Pick up is also an option for those out and about.
For those more into supporting local, try Rita’s Roots and Thackeray Farms CSA. The Community supported agriculture initiative paired a flower and organic farmer together to harvest boxes of fresh, organic vegetables and blooms to be picked up each week. Adorable. There are various pick up sites for those not anywhere near Wadmalaw. The cost runs between $375-$410 for 22 weeks and trust us, you can split this enormous bounty. Even greener!
A John's Island favorite, Rosebank Farms also has a similar CSA program with the advantage of delivering. While most of their vegetables are not organic, you can feel good about supporting local and cutting down on the carbon emissions from shipping. The 2009-2010 year has already reached capacity for CSA membership, but you can keep this one in mind for next year.
Lastly, for the guys and gals who don't cook, won't eat an entire box of veggies or are just plain picky (i.e. need more than seasonal options), don't forget to shop your local farmer's markets. We've got loads of local options across the city now through the end of December.
Got more green options? Don't be afraid to share in the comments below.