What’s one of the best things about starting a local grocery business? By far, one of the greatest parts of our job has to be meeting the producers: From farmers to candle makers, sea salt craftsmen to granola gurus – the whole lot of them. These are the folks who looked around this beautiful bounty called the Lowcountry and were so inspired by what they saw that they dedicated their lives to cultivating and sharing the things that make this a special place to live. Pretty cool in our book, pretty cool indeed.
That’s why we make it a priority to learn about the passion, art, and science behind the work that our producers do. We had the chance to do just that yesterday thanks to a visit from Nathan Boggs of Fili-West Farms. Fili-West’s local, pasture-raised eggs will be a staple feature aboard our mobile market – and not just because they happen to be the tastiest eggs around. Nathan brought with him a few dozen of his delicious eggs as well as a bounty of information and knowledge about the right – and wrong – ways to produce them.
Fili-West operations are in harmony with nature, and prioritize humane animal treatment and sustainability (both environmental and financial, as Nathan will remind you firsthand: small farm vitality is something we all care a lot about here). Fili-West’s hens spend their days outside foraging on daily-rotated pastures and lead happy, healthy lives. Nathan shared with us the challenges of orchestrating a truly humane and sustainable pasture-raised poultry operation, which he oversees with his wife and business partner, Ghie. Suffice it to say that we were inspired and impressed by the pair’s dedicated to their values and the quality of their product. During our meeting, Nathan took a phone call to arrange the transportation of a new flock of chickens. We listened as he rearranged his schedule on what would be a busy delivery day to ensure the quickest turn around possible, minimizing the flock’s time spent in confined to cages during transport and without water. How lucky are we to get to see this kind of passion at work? Told you, it’s definitely one of the best parts of this whole local grocery thing.
As we begin a new year and gear up for our mobile market’s launch, we can’t tell you how excited we are to have a hand in connecting you to food producers like Nathan and Ghie. We hope you’re excited too and, as always, we can’t wait to see you on the road.
With inspired gratitude, Happy New Year!
Lindsey & Kate