Today we wanted to feature one our favorite farms in the Lowcountry! We first met Tina and Scotty, who own Johnson Family Farms, at our local Johns Island Farmer’s market this past spring. We instantly connected when we started talking about sustainability and the importance of knowing how your food is being handled/raised. We immediately signed up for their CSA Produce Crop Share so we could enjoy local produce for 10 weeks during the summer. What impressed me the most about Johnson Family Farms was their dedication to providing clean, antibiotic & hormone free meat + dairy to the people of Charleston. Tina was so open and friendly, right away she told us “If you want to come up to the farm and see how our cows live, and feed the pigs, you are more than welcome!!”
That really made an impression on me. You see, I have watched way too many Netflix documentaries and I can really get up on my soapbox about factory farming. There are so many people in this country who do NOT have continuous access to fresh, healthy food, and here we are, living in one of the most mild climate areas, and there are so many farms right here in the Lowcountry! We are so excited to feature their products in our menu and proud to offer our customers the freshest ingredients! I love that Tina treats all of her animals with care and respect, and that they are enjoying life outdoors in the sunshine. On top of that, she is so open about their process and their care regimen for the animals! They have nothing to hide, and I know for a fact, that the same cannot be said about large meat processing corporations.
One of my other favorite things about Johnson Family Farms is Tina’s mission to share fresh dairy products with the people of Charleston. Tina and Scotty do not have their own milk cows at the farm, but they care SO much about having local, fresh milk and dairy products available for their family and neighbors that they partnered with Lowcountry Creamery in Bowman, SC. I just am so thankful for this because I can say that myself, as an individual, would not drive 2 HOURS round trip to go pick up my milk for week, but I will drive down the street on a Saturday to pick up a gallon of fresh milk from Tina at my local farmer’s market.
Cows at Lowcountry Creamery are treated humanly and enjoy the sunshine outside every day while roaming in their pasture. (Plus they are adorable – just check out their website!!)
You can check out all the reasons why its SO GOOD (and so much healthier!) to buy your dairy from a local farmer here: https://www.lowcountrycreamery.com/our-milk
And please check out our friends at Johnson Family Farms here: https://www.facebook.com/Johnson-Family-Farms-268881016466837/
Let’s rally together as a community and support local farms in Charleston.