Rebecca Farms: Filling a Niche
When Rose Lewis gave her husband, Jay, a mushroom growing kit for his birthday, she had no idea she would be influencing their future. But it did. They decided to move and begin farming oyster mushrooms. They were drawn to South Carolina by the strong locally grown movement and SC Certified program. The Lewis' have not been disappointed.
It is hard to beat locally grown, farm fresh food. Here in South Carolina we are blessed with a wide range of seasonal delights. And thanks to Rebecca Farms, you can add Oyster Mushrooms to the list of locally grown items available.
Before visiting Rebecca Farms in Kingstree, South Carolina, my image of a mushroom was always toadstools in the yard or the white ones you buy at the grocery. But walking into the small, cool building that was filled with wheat straw bales covered with Oyster Mushrooms was truly educational.
It’s easy to see that Jay and Rose Lewis love what they do. Jay is the full-time farmer while Rose is the branch manager at the Andrews Library. But they both share a passion for mushrooms. Their website, LowCountryMushrooms.com, is filled with recipes and tips.
Rebecca Farms, located in Williamsburg County, is the result of a gift Rose gave Jay for his birthday – a mushroom growing kit. He loved it. They decided to move to South Carolina from South Florida after much research. Both were impressed with the strong local food movement here. And they haven’t been disappointed. Restaurants in Georgetown (Limpin’ Jane’s on Front Street is one) and in Charleston purchase their mushrooms regularly. They are also available at local farmer’s markets and through fresh produce distributor, Millgrove Farms.
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