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Lowcountry Proud: Restaurants benefit from Boone Hall farm-to-table program

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Boone Hall Farms began supplying local restaurants and grocery stores with fresh produce about 4 years ago Boone Hall Farms began supplying local restaurants and grocery stores with fresh produce about 4 years ago
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC - The slow food movement is moving at breakneck speed.  Just a few years ago restaurants and grocery stores simply couldn't get enough local produce to satisfy customers, but thanks to the local Farm-to-table program, that has changed.

Boone Hall Farms began supplying local restaurants and grocery stores with fresh produce about 4 years ago when JD Rayfield took over operations at Boone Hall.  What started out slowly soon gained momentum as Boone Hall now supplies 35 customers with their produce.

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Five Loaves restaurant was one of this first. Chef Matt Haneline says buying local is crucial for everyone involved. "The slow food movement is huge because eventually there will be too many of us and not enough farms in Kansas.  You will have to rely on these local guys to provide you with the fresh good ingredients."

Five Loaves owner Casey Glowacki agrees and says it is something he's wanted to do since founding the restaurant 13 years ago. "I remember thirteen years ago you might get a little guy coming in back with two beautiful eggplants that he wants to sell you.  That would last me until Noon.  I need you to supply me with good, quality  local food and lots of it.  I needed volume and that started happening."

Both Haneline and Glowacki say the biggest benefit is fresh produce.  Produce that doesn't sit in a warehouse as it comes from across the country.  Glowacki says the relationship with Boone Hall farms is a win-win. "It just seems like a natural fit."
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