Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Local farmers and what they grow are on display through Sunday during a week dedicated to education and promotion of local food.
"The heart behind it is to try and spotlight local farmers," said Tim Peters, Executive Chef at Motor Supply Company Bistro. "Believe it or not, we have a ton of them here in the Midlands."
Peters sponsors Harvest Week at Motor Supply where those interested in 'going local' can taste fresh food and meet the farmers who grew it.
"With gas prices the way that they are, they're actually not that dissimilar in price from something you would get from California that's traveled 3000 miles and degenerated the entire trip," said Peters.
The executive chef and advocate estimates he uses 70% locally grown in his restaurant.
"Being an urban farm, we are sustaining the public with locally grown produce," said Eric Mcclam of City Roots in Columbia. City Roots is an urban farm that supplies food to restaurants like Motor Supply Company Bistro and individuals.
"Without them, where do we sell our produce?" said Mcclam of the restaurants serving local produce. "Where does it go? They've done a good job of telling their customer base and it helps us."