Stewards of the Earth

cscgrown-bug-fade-rgbWestminster’s Stewards of the Earth group encourages our congregation to become better caretakers of natural resources at our church, in our community, and in God’s world. During the past year, members of this group have focused on discovering and promoting locally produced food. They have visited farmers’ markets in Lexington and Richland County and have eaten at restaurants that feature South Carolina-produced meat and seafood, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, honey, and baked goods. For useful information on “Certified South Carolina Grown” and “Fresh on the Menu” programs, visit the website of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture: For information on activities specific to Westminster, see the Stewards of the Earth bulletin board across from the restrooms in the Amazing Place.

Recently eleven adventuresome Westminster folks, who appreciate and want to support locally grown produce, gathered at the All Local Farmers’ Market.  We browsed the vendors’ booths replete with local honey, artisan breads, summer vegetables and herbs, teas, crafts made from recycled materials, meats and goat cheese.  We enjoyed a delicious supper on the porch prepared by Rosso Restaurant which featured bratwurst from Caw Caw Farms; sautéed onions and peppers; corn, feta and orzo; potato salad and peach mustard.  The market is managed by Forrest Clonts who grew up at Westminster.  A good time was had by all!  Come and join us on the next adventure sponsored by The Stewards of the Earth Committee!  The All Local Farmers’ Market is located in the 1500 block of Main Street in Columbia.  Be sure to check it out and support local farmers and artists.

You might want to try….

FreshMenu Logo webGarden Bistro, located at 923 Gervais Street in the Vista, is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parking is available on Gervais and Park Streets and in a Park Street lot behind the restaurant (you can enter from that side). Garden Bistro subscribes to the Fresh on the Menu campaign, in which chefs pledge to include at least twenty-five percent Certified South Carolina Grown foods in their menus. The restaurant features distinctive and delicious soups, salads, sandwiches, and wraps, along with several daily specials. Among favorite items are Mandarin Chicken Salad (grilled chicken, mandarin oranges, and chow mein noodles over romaine with fat-free toasted sesame dressing), Garden Bounty Wrap (vegetables with pecans and strawberry vinaigrette in a spinach tortilla), Apple Orchard (roast beef and Swiss cheese with sliced apples and mayo on sweet black bread), and a variety of “Smashed Sandwiches” served hot from the grill. Garden Bistro’s prices are reasonable and its atmosphere casual.