Palmetto Bluff’s Farm Vision 

Aspirationally, the plan for Palmetto Bluff always included a farm. We knew that as this place evolved, we would set aside land for farmed agricultural plots to enhance the visual landscape and the community’s sustainability. Now, a guiding principle defined more than a decade ago is bearing fruit (sorry, I couldn’t help it) and vegetables.  

“Food and foodways are at the core of any culture,” says David O’Donoghue, Palmetto Bluff president. “For Palmetto Bluff to be an ambassador of the foodways of the Lowcountry, it requires that we look not just at presenting food (via our restaurants), but at food production. We want to understand how food is tied to this place, so we must ask what fits the geography, environment, and history of the place.” 

Given the resonance of the story of food and where it comes from, both in terms of geography and history, we saw an opportunity to recapture farming practices. This does not mean that we are focused on recreating an overly romanticized nostalgic vision of the past. It means we are seeking authenticity, and authenticity means it is something real and viable in today’s world. Authenticity means that when you plant your first crop in the fall and it snows in January, you add your newfound knowledge of potential weather patterns to the story and you pick up where Mother Nature left you.  

Today, we have a small but productive working farm. In 2019, we will add a full-time farmer who will look to understand and document the traditional means of farming the most viable and best-tasting varieties of food that are indigenous to the Lowcountry environment. 

Focusing on outreach and education, the farm will work with the Conservancy. This will start with the members and guests of Palmetto Bluff and ultimately reach well beyond our gates. We endeavor to be a thought leader and model that helps promote the long-term sustainability of natural, local food production. This will include finding additional partner organizations to carry our learnings to a broader audience, bringing promising students to our farm, and making it possible for interested novices to learn how to both grow and prepare food in a fashion consistent with our best practices.  

Additionally, as a promoter of the foodways of the Lowcountry, the Palmetto Bluff farm should be a center for excellence and documentation and celebration of other food producers in the region. We will seek out farmers, hunters, fishermen, and other craftspeople who share our vision and goals and help capture and promote their efforts as a part of our broader cultural mission.  

We will supply the dining outlets on property to allow people to taste the food that is produced locally and authentically. We will celebrate great local cuisine and promote its visibility and success.   

But, above all, our mission is simple: the food must taste good.  

 

Spring 2018 Planting List 

Produce: 

Okra 

Burgundy Okra 

Black Crowder Peas 

Pink-Eye peas 

Purple Knuckle Peas 

Sugar Peas 

Hardee Peas 

Texas Longhorn Peas 

Louisiana Purple Pod Beans 

Reverend Taylor Butterbeans 

Loudermilk Butter Beans 

Silver Queen Corn 

ZucchIni 

Charleston Gray Watermelon 

Crimson Sweet Watermelon 

Yellow Watermelon 

Ichiban Eggplant 

Purple Eggplant 

Bradshaw Sweet Potatoes 

Beauregard Sweet Potatoes 

Cantaloupe 

Cucumber 

Blue Hubbard Squash 

Straightneck Squash 

 

Tomatoes: 

San Marzano 

Juliet Roma 

Parks Whopper 

Cherokee Carving 

Yellow Pear Cherry 

Bradley 

Indigo Rose 

Purple Dog Creek 

Tennessee Britches 

Depp’s Pink Firefly 

Big Zebra 

Lucky Cross 

Isis Candy 

Gold Medal 

Big Rainbow 

Matt’s Wild Cherry 

Blue Ridge Mountain 

indigo Blueberry 

Black Icicle 

Red Tommy Toe 

Indian Stripe 

Green Zebra 

Sweet 100 

Yellow Pear 

Adelaide Festival 

Wild Barred Boar 

 

Peppers: 

Friarielio di Napoli 

FataliI 

Yum Yum Orange 

Yum Yum Red 

Candy Cane Red 

Cajun Beli 

Poblano 

Thai Hot 

Sweet Hot 

Ghost 

Scotch Bonnet 

Carolina Reaper 

Odessa Market 

Chinese Five Color 

Shishito 

Purple Jalapeno 

Mexibell 

Yellow Bell 

Gypsey Sweet 

Purple Beli 

Garden Salsa 

Combahee Red Devil 

Orange Carrot 

 

Written by Courtney Hampson

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