SC Commissioner Hugh Weathers: Thanksgiving and Country Christmas

Thanksgiving is this week! Aside from eating turkey, watching football, and spending time with family and friends, Thanksgiving impacts the economy in SC and nationally. Commissioner Hugh Weathers is here to talk turkey, shopping locally, and give us a sneak peek into the holiday season.


  • Happy Early Thanksgiving from all of us here at the South Carolina Department of Agriculture!
  • Everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving staple, turkey, has a long history in South Carolina.
  • Turkeys are one of our top commodities, with a total market value of $580,409,000 from the 2017 Census.
  • Wild turkeys are even our state game bird, with a resurgence in population due in large part to the efforts of the National Wild Turkey Federation housed in Edgefield, SC

Shopping Local:

  • There are plenty of was to shop locally for Thanksgiving Day. You can visit one of our state’s three farmer’s market locations in Pee Dee, Columbia or Greenville, find SC Certified food items in local grocery stores, or even stop at an SC Certified roadside stand
  • According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual thanksgiving survey, the cost of this year’s feast is less than $5 per person.
  • South Carolina farmers continue to supply the state, nation and globe with affordable food that tastes great. From sweet potatoes, to pecans to leafy greens, SC Farmers have the table covered

Country Christmas:

  • Once you recover from your big meal, hop on over to the Columbia State Farmers Market on Sunday, December 1, for our free Country Christmas Celebration from 1-5pm.
  • Shop the market to find the perfect Christmas tree for your home. There will be food vendors, festive music, crafts for kids and photo ops with Santa Claus.


  • While you’re enjoying your Thanksgiving turkey this year, I hope you’ll take a moment to give thanks for our South Carolina farmers who grow safe, nutritious and affordable food for families in South Carolina, across the country and around the world.