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During Pandemic Some Farm Produce Once Bound for High-End Restaurants Now Available for Home

Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio
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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Many specialty good growers rely on high end restaurants to pay top dollar for their meticulously produced crops, often produced on a small acreage farm. With the ban on indoor dining, many restaurants have closed their doors as takeout orders don’t fit with their fine-dining experience. Consequently, their suppliers are taking quite a hit. Some of them are now offering ways for us to enjoy their products and help keep the afloat. At the South Carolina Department of Agriculture home page, the first image is a field with the phrase COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak. Click there for a listing of topics. One is how to find local farm-fresh food, including    farmers markets, individual growers, and you-pick operations. These outlets have rules to ensure food safety and correct physical distancing and some require orders made in advance.

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.