The South Carolina Department of Agriculture, in an effort to keep the Certfied SC Program viable all year around is promoting a Certified SC Christmas according to SC Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers.
Weathers explains that there are many products, both off-the-shelf and SC grown produce available this time of year, and to help people work with and prepare winter vegetables, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture website, agriculture.sc.gov will post a new recipe featuring a South Carolina grown product every day.
Commissioner Weathers explains that there are more than 1,300 Certified SC members across the state, made up of specialty foods, beef producers, pork producers and many vegetable growers.
“We are trying to spread cheer for all 12 months of the year with our Certified SC Program, its called “Have Yourself a Certified SC Christmas”, it’s a way to let folks know some of the recipes they can use around the holidays. We will be putting a recipe out each day on the website: www.agriculture.sc.gov and they can find a holiday recipe using Certified grown SC items, whether it’s leafy greens in the winter or some of our specialty crops.
We have the specialty foods association that we work with and they have shelf stable products that they manufacture and a few really have taken off. One of them is ‘Sally’s Greatest Jams’ and she was just recently listed as part of Oprah’s Favorite Things. She is one of our many entrepreneurs showing the great quality we have out there.
There are great benefits to the entire state with people buying locally. It keeps our dollars here and they turn over in our economy. So a dollar spent is not just a dollar, it will turn over at least another $1.60 through our economy.”