Farming has been a part of Boone Hall Plantation for over three centuries. We’re very proud of that heritage. There aren’t many farms left in this country that can make that claim. The agricultural arm of the plantation today is known as Boone Hall Farms. It is located on 120 acres of some of the richest coastal farmland in the state. There’s something about that black dirt combined with today’s safe farming practices and a staff whose dedication is second to none…that comes together to produce some of the healthiest freshest produce available anywhere. We work closely with agents from the Clemson Extension Service to grow a wide variety of produce in the spring, summer, and fall that have become essential parts of family dinner tables all over the Lowcountry.
In the spring, strawberries lead the way. People love our strawberries and anticipate them every year. Peaches are not supposed to be able to be grown on low lying coastal farmland as the roots “don’t like to keep their feet wet.” Peaches are usually grown in areas with terrain where the tree roots can get the water they need as the water passes through and doesn’t settle. We installed a unique drainage system that along with innovative farming methods have made it possible to bring peaches back to the Lowcountry.
Boone Hall Farms tomatoes have some of the best flavor found in tomatoes anywhere. Collards and kale have become farm staples. The list goes on. Many farms ship produce to places far away while our produce is sold at Boone Hall Farms Market across the street and the Roadside Produce Stand located right next to some of our farm fields. It doesn’t get any fresher than that.
Additionally, we believe it is important to reach out to our neighbors in local communities to give opportunities to stay involved and engaged with the farm. We open our fields for U-picking of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, tomatoes, and grapes during each of those seasons. We present the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival in the spring and the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch in the fall. All of these efforts provide great family fun on the farm. Our farm-to-table program provides produce for many of Charleston’s finest restaurants and grocery stores. We offer shares in our Community Supported Agriculture Program in the spring and the fall.
We are also very proud and grateful that both the farm and the CSA program were voted winners in their perspective categories by the readers of The City Paper for the 2016 Best Of Charleston awards. It’s nice recognition, but more importantly, it validates that we are doing some of the right things and at Boone Hall Farms, we believe farming and community involvement go hand in hand.