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Hello from the Hub!

We trust all is well with you!  I want to first say thanks to all who have been a Carolina Farm Share Member over the past few months and welcome to others who have just joined us.  We are excited to serve you with some of the best and freshest produce you can possibly receive.  Most of it is harvest one day and delivered the next.  It’s Local, It’s Fresh, and It’s GOOD!  We thank you for supporting local farmers while working to improve your health and wellness plan with great fresh fruits and vegetables.

We want to thank our farmers for working very hard in hot, dry, wet and challenging conditions to produce the great products we have the opportunity to deliver to you and your family.  Please visit our website to see some of the farmer’s bios.  This month we are highlighting Kevin Gowdy of Long Branch Farms at Cades, SC in Williamsburg County.  Kevin and his family have great experience and a reputation of producing some outstanding produce.  We are very proud to be working closely with Kevin of Long Branch Farms.

Remember to keep your produce at the proper temperature for longer shelf life and most of all for food safety.  See attached information on proper storage.  This is a copy of the information prepared by Cam Flowers who is in charge of Warehouse and Food Quality at the Hub.

“Having a Great Day in the Business of Agriculture!”

Jody A. Martin
Director, Pee Dee Food Hub

PS... Keep passing the word to your friends, family and co-workers about the Carolina Farm Share!  Share your testimony via facebook or email.

Food Safety and Quality Control Matters

We partner with our growers individually, understand their farming practices and have on-the-ground experience at their farms. It is a great pleasure to work with these growers from planning, all the way through post-harvest handling.  We also partner with South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson Extension service in crop planning, food safety/traceability and post-harvest handling. Our process is transparent at every step, from growing and producing to storage and distribution. We provide you with specific grower information at the point of sale, so you and those you serve will know exactly by whom and how your food was grown. We do all of this because your safety is paramount to us and we care about the products that we are offering.

Quality is so important. The products come directly from the farm where they are packed brought into the Pee Dee Food Hub for a brief stay within our coolers.  The produce will be inspected, aggregated and prepared for shipment.  You will notice that our products have some field soil or “dirt” on them.  This to keep the produce as fresh as possible for the longest period of time once you get it home.  We recommend you follow the Produce Storage Guide (below) and wash and clean produce prior to preparing it for consumption.  It is my pleasure to play an important role in getting this awesome produce to your table!

Cameron Flowers, Warehouse and Food Quality Manager

Produce Storage Guide:
Broccoli – Store at 32 F in fridge with 100% humidity. 
Lettuce - Store at 32 F with 85-95% humidity
Kale - Store at 32 F in fridge with 95% humidity
Squash – Store at 45-55 F with 95% humidity
Cucumbers – Store at 50-55 F with 95% humidity
Radishes - Store at 32 F with 90-95% humidity
Fingerling Potatoes – Store in dark area between 45-60 F with 90% humidity
Blueberries - Store at 32-36 F with greater than 90% humidity


Be sure to bring your CFS reusable insulated tote bag.  As you make your way down the line, please be sure you pick every item in the share.  Those who don’t like an item can swap at the end.  See the Pick Up guidelines listed below.  I will do my best to make sure that you have a good experience and that the pick-up process goes well.  I would love to have feedback on how the process is working and what we can do to make it a great farm to table experience for you.  It is my job to do everything possible to make this an easy and convenient process. Feel free to email, call or give feedback to your site coordinator to be relayed to me.  Thanks again and let me know if I can do anything for you!

Jack McLaurin, Delivery and Customer Service Manager


Pick up guidelines:

  • Show up on Time!
  • Check in with the Site Coordinator
  • Get your bag.
  • Clean your hands with the hand sanitizer provided.
  • Check the board to see the number of items that correspond to your share size.
  • Be sure you pick every item in the share.  (Based on your Share Size – Small, Medium or Large)
  • Pick up the items at the top of the box.  PLEASE do not pick and grade though the produce. The goal is to touch only your produce.
  • If you don’t like an item you can swap at the end (one item only).
  • Check out with the Site Coordinator
  • Keep your produce cool in your insulated bag with an ice block 

Pass the Word
We are looking to expand in many ways by bring on more growers, companies, restaurants, schools, churches and others.  We would appreciate your help.  If you know of others we need to talk to about local produce please share their contact info with me.  I will be glad to touch base with them to give them more details about all we have to offer through the Pee Dee Food Hub.
Sam McGill, Sales and Marketing Manager

Summer Recipe Ideas

Below are some of our favorites for the Summertime. For more great recipes search by vegetable.  This will give you a great list of recipes for each product.  However we want YOUR recipes to share with others.  Please pass them along with a picture and we will add it to our list. 

Cheesy Oven Roasted Fingerling Fries

“Every table deserves to try this finger-licking-good appetizer from Gaby Dalkin of What’s Gaby Cooking.”
Get Full Recipe

Corn on the Grill with a Twist

“Garlic lover’s dream. Sweet and spicy, these ears of corn will keep you coming back to the grill for more.”
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Roasted Okra

As a good Southern gardener, I find myself bringing in okra by the armload nearly every other day. Stewed okra is great, but for a little variety, we like to roast ours from time to time. This is so simple and easy and the okra tends to not be nearly as gummy or slimy when roasted. 
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Featured Farmers

Long Branch Farms – Cades, SC

Long Branch Farms is 500 acre farming operation run by Kevin Gowdy and his family outside of Lake City, SC.  Kevin specializes in growing greens that include kale, broccoli, collards, lettuce and more.  In addition, he also grows sweet corn, butter beans, watermelons and lots of other produce.

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