Anderson Area Farm & Food Association

Anderson Area Farm & Food Association AAFFA endeavors to develop and sustain a local food system,
serving the interest of all stakeholders.

Operating as usual

08/17/2021
Bento Overview

It would be amazing to see this in the Anderson area!

07/27/2021

If you registered for farmers market vouchers through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, you can pick up your vouchers tomorrow, July 28th between 8 am and 12 pm. at the Anderson County Farmers Market.

#andersoncountysc

Congratulations to all of this year's winners, with a special HURRAH to Anderson County's own incredible Milky Way Farm!...
07/08/2021
Seven SC agribusiness entrepreneurs to share $150K in funding

Congratulations to all of this year's winners, with a special HURRAH to Anderson County's own incredible Milky Way Farm!! :-)

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship (ACRE) has awarded seven entrepreneurs a share of $150,000 for...

Sign up between June 28 - July 2 for Senior Farmers Market Vouchers - to be distributed July 28!
06/23/2021

Sign up between June 28 - July 2 for Senior Farmers Market Vouchers - to be distributed July 28!

05/18/2021
Your state's best farm shop
04/29/2021
Your state's best farm shop

Your state's best farm shop

Farm stores are having a moment. As well as being a joy to shop in, they help us support local businesses and understand where our food is really coming from. Here, we take a look at our favorite in every state for fresh eggs, seasonal produce, and pasture-reared meat and dairy. Be sure to check eac...

Former AAFFA board member and dedicated farmers market volunteer, Annie Sutton, continues to do great things for our com...
04/28/2021
Anderson County Library System names new director following Line's retirement announcement

Former AAFFA board member and dedicated farmers market volunteer, Annie Sutton, continues to do great things for our community. Join us in congratulating Annie and keep supporting our terrific library system!

https://www.independentmail.com/story/news/2021/04/28/anderson-county-library-system-names-annie-sutton-new-director/7389894002/

The Library Board of Trustees didn't have to look far for a new director. Assistant director Annie Sutton has been tapped to take the job.

03/11/2021
02/18/2021

Oooooh ... sounds like fun!

Good, safe food & wine fun with AAFFA friends, Grits & Groceries and The Wine Emporium!
01/29/2021

Good, safe food & wine fun with AAFFA friends, Grits & Groceries and The Wine Emporium!

“Grits” Pairing and Sharing with Wine Emporium is a collaboration between Grits and Groceries (food selections) and The Wine Emporium (wine selections). The package includes a full food and wine pairing to share with your circle.

• This should be a fun way to enjoy food and wine with friends in a small group. The Package is meant for 4 to 6 people to enjoy on your own.
• Order online and pick up then invite some friends you feel comfortable with over. Spend a few minutes setting up your food and wine

• Then turn on the video that goes with the menu and enjoy a quick and fun lesson of the wine and food.

Visit WineEmporiumSC.com/grits-pairing-sharing to order yours today!

Split Creek Farm
01/21/2021

Split Creek Farm

Today we are thanking Smudge (one of our therapy goats) for saving a life.

Two days ago we received a call that a blood donor was urgently needed at the University of Georgia’s Large Animal Hospital. Smudge stepped up and, after a very hurried trip, he gave a large amount of his own blood to save a life.

The Veterinarians said Smudge was the best donor they had ever encountered in both demeanor and strength through this procedure. Good boy, Smudge, GOOD BOY!

Smudge is doing very well but will spend a few days recuperating in the barn (with plenty of hugs and special treats) before he rejoins his friends in pasture.

Thank you, “Mudgey” - you ARE a life saver! 💕

Big news from a greater Anderson area business and one of AAFFA's own!
01/20/2021

Big news from a greater Anderson area business and one of AAFFA's own!

As some of you may already know, there have been a few changes at The Wine Emporium. After many years of service and leadership to the community, Paul and Linda Trehearne have decided to sell The Wine Emporium and spend more time enjoying other hobbies and interests.

The torch for managing the day to day aspects of this organization has been passed to a new generation. In many ways, Derek Lampe and I have been raised and mentored by the Trehearnes, and we seemed the right fit to continue this “family” business. Derek has been with them for years, since he was in high school. I (Brandon) have been mentored by Paul and Linda over the last six years as a distributor sales consultant, and I have fallen in love with this community and this charming store that holds a unique position in its commercial and social ecosystem. It seemed like the perfect fit, and Derek and I are proud to carry on the tradition established by Paul and Linda. We are more than happy to become a part of Salem's Wine Community!

Please share!
01/14/2021

Please share!

We are now accepting applications for the Clemson Extension SC New and Beginning Farmer Program Class of 2021!

Visit our website at www.scnewfarmer.org for program details and an online application.

Program Location: Online!
Program Dates: May - October 2021
Cost: $350.00/Person
Deadline to Apply: 11:59 PM, February 21, 2021

Midlands Local Food Collaborative
01/12/2021

Midlands Local Food Collaborative

Inviting Applications for USDA Value-Added Producer Grants. Applications will be due for the USDA VAP grant on March 22, 2021. For more information on the grant, please visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants. A team has been formed to provide technical assistance through the SC Center for Cooperative and Enterprise Development. MLFC would be happy to connect you if you have an interest. More information on the center can be found at https://www.clemson.edu/extension/agribusiness/sccced/index.html.

#mlfcmonday

Navigating the SC CARES Act Relief Grant Application
10/27/2020
Navigating the SC CARES Act Relief Grant Application

Navigating the SC CARES Act Relief Grant Application

Join the SC SBDC and the SC Commission for Minority Affairs for a discussion of how to apply for grant funds through the SC CARES grant program. Topics we will cover include: Eligibility Requirements Documentation required for the grant Successfully completing the application process We will also b

A great week to support local farm & restaurant partnerships!
10/09/2020

A great week to support local farm & restaurant partnerships!

The moment you have all been waiting for... the MENU REVEAL!

FreshTaste is happening NEXT WEEK (October 12-17) in participating restaurants around downtown. Lunch or dinner, dine-in or carry-out, order the different "FreshTaste" dishes to give them a try all week long!

**Tickets are not necessary this year, as you will order the dish directly from the restaurants**

Come back here beginning Monday to place your vote for the BEST FreshTaste!

Restaurants will be offering additional specials and offers all week long in the spirit of FreshTaste!

Let our downtown participating restaurants do the cooking for you next week! You deserve it!!!

Which dish do you plan to try first?? Let us know!!

Carolina Bauernhaus Brewery & Winery Figs Cafe & Farmacy The Uptown Groucho's Deli Sullivan's Metropolitan Grill Shucks Oyster Bar and Restaurant, Anderson, SC Earle Street Kitchen and Bar Mr. Rivers Breakfast Joint Doolittle's MaKi Sushi Bar & Bistro Summa Joe's Searing Pans Taco Loco

#FreshTaste2020 #FreshTaste #DowntownAndersonSC #AndersonSC #SeeShockCity #AndersonIsMyTown

Welfare Baptist Church
09/30/2020

Welfare Baptist Church

Join us starting this Wednesday at 10:30 am for a Drive Thru food box giveaway! Free to the community! Spread the word!

A safe way to enjoy FreshTaste 2020!
09/22/2020

A safe way to enjoy FreshTaste 2020!

🍅FreshTaste is coming up on October 12-17 downtown Anderson!

🍽Dine in or carry out at these participating restaurants to try their "FreshTaste" all week long! Be sure to keep checking social media for other deals and specials that will be happening that week.

🥘Come experience the FRESHtaste of downtown Anderson!

Participating restaurants:
Shucks Oyster Bar and Restaurant, Anderson, SC
Sullivan's Metropolitan Grill
Groucho's Deli
The Uptown
Figs Cafe & Farmacy
Carolina Bauernhaus Brewery & Winery
Earle Street Kitchen and Bar
MaKi Sushi Bar & Bistro
Doolittle's
Summa Joe's Searing Pans
Mr. Rivers Breakfast Joint

The countdown is ON!

#FreshTaste #freshtakeonfreshtaste #SeeShockCity #AndersonIsMyTown #DowntownAndersonSC

09/01/2020
Flow Hive

Flow Hive

Slow motion bee magic 💛😍🐝

#sundayvibes #welovebees

Caution urged after mystery seed mailings
07/28/2020
Caution urged after mystery seed mailings

Caution urged after mystery seed mailings

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson University's Regulatory Services division are working together to investigate after state residents reported receiving packages of seeds they did not order. Similar reports have been made to agriculture officials across the country. The U.S. D...

Away with the fairies
06/26/2020

Away with the fairies

Yep

06/01/2020
Anderson County Farmers Market

Note that vendors will also be required to wear a mask or face covering ... safety is everyone's responsibility!

The Anderson County Farmers Market will open on June 13th from 8 am - 12 pm. Due to limited space and social distancing requirements vendors will be allowed to sell local produce, plants, homemade baked goods, canned goods, honey & essential products (i.e. soaps, sanitizer, masks) ONLY

For your safety and the safety of the community you will be asked to follow these and other recommendations for shopping at the Market:

• Send one family member only to shop.
• If you are sick or have been exposed to someone who is
sick, STAY HOME.
• Wear a mask or face covering (vendors and staff will also be required to
wear masks/face coverings)
• Maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing from others.
Watch for physical cues such as tape, cones and signs
that are posted as a reminder
• Shop as quickly and efficiently as possible.
• Shop with your eyes only, vendors will handle items
Leave your pets at home.

Stay healthy! We look forward to seeing you at the Market!

American Farmland Trust
05/28/2020
American Farmland Trust

American Farmland Trust

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed weaknesses in our nation’s food system. We are seeing empty shelves at grocery stores and farmers changing their business plans in order to maintain sales, forcing us to see the gaps in our food systems. People are starting to understand how and where they get their food from, and now we must shape a resilient and just food system our nation needs.

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if anyone is interested: Farm fresh cage free eggs 2.50 a flat of 30. also vegetarian feed(omega3) eggs $3.00 a dz White eggs$2.00 a dozen aa cage free Morgan poultry center 222 old cherry road Clemson 656 3064
Is there going to be a Fresh Taste Anderson this year? If so, what is the date? Thank you.