Now In Season – Fall 2014

Arugula Microgreens Sunflower Microgreens Eggplant
Broccoli Microgreens
Zesty Mix Microgreens Bok Choy
Kale Microgreens
Yard Long Beans
Mustard Microgreens
Okra Mint
Radish Microgreens
Easter Egg Radishes
Snow Pea Microgreens Arugula (Large Leaf) Eggs

Produce availability varies day-to-day, for most accurate availability:

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As part of our desire to educate our community about sustainable farming practices, we have designed a series of workshops to teach you the skills you need to farm, whether you’re headed to a career in agriculture or your own backyard.


We love having volunteers join us in our daily work of coaxing sprouts, wrangling hoses, and feeding chickens. Not only can the work be quicker and easier, we really enjoy meeting our customers, making farm friends, and having people with new perspectives jump into the midst. We often find that volunteers have a pretty good time too. Volunteering is a great way to enrich your relationship with your food.

What to Expect:
As a volunteer you be thrown right into the daily activities of the crew. Depending on the day and the season you may be asked to help harvest, weed, transplant, wash vegetables, pack orders, or partake in other tasks. There is always something to do on the farm. So overall, expect to be put to work! Also, expect to be put to work outside, regardless of the weather.

Since you will likely be asked to work outside, it is very important to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and that are suitable for the day’s weather conditions. It is often a good idea to wear layers, as the temperature tends to fluctuate throughout the day, depending on which area of the farm you are assigned to (i. e. greenhouse vs field work). Footwear is also something important to be considered. Please wear study work shoes. Flip-flops and other less durable shoes are not suitable for farm work (including fire ant attacks!). Some other items to bring include:


2.Hat for the sun

3.Work gloves

4.A bottle of water

5.A sense of humor and a good attitude

We have two volunteer shifts each weekday (Monday- Friday). The first one starts at 8 am and goes through noon. The second shift start at 1pm and goes through 5pm. In order to give you the best experience possible and also to be fair to our time, we ask that you show up promptly at the beginning of your chosen shift. This allows us to thoroughly train you and answer any questions before we start on our own duties.

Please plan to commit at least 2 hours to your volunteer time. This allows us time to properly train you and explain the tasks as well as time for you to clean up and return tools at the end of your shift.

We enjoy a noon meal together each day, and we love it when our volunteers stay for this. It gives us time to get to know you better and talk about other things than farm work. (We promise we other interests than how to properly thin carrots. We’re actually quite well rounded people.) The meal is a potluck, so if you plan to attend, please bring a dish to share. We normally provide a big seasonal salad.

How to Start:
If you are interested in volunteering at the farm, please send an email at least 2 weeks in advance to Make the subject read “Volunteer Request” and address the following information:

1.Your name

2.The date (s) and you wish to volunteer, including which shift (8 am or 1pm)

3.Any physical concerns you think will affect your work

4.Any previous experience working on a farm

5.Any other questions you may have

After reviewing your email, we will try our best to quickly make arrangements for your visit. Though, please be patient with us, as we do not always have the time and resources to promptly respond. Thanks!


City Roots internships are for those individuals who are serious about farming. While no prior experience is required, genuine interest in sustainable farming and a willingness to learn are required. Those who are accepted as interns will be welcomed into the inner workings of the farm. In addition to daily chores and seasonal activities, the intern will be a part of all aspects of the farm, from field planning to sales and marketing to financial accounting. Only 5-7 internships are available each season. While the start and end dates are flexible, we require that each internship last at least 3 months and that interns commit to at least 20 hours a week on the farm. This allows for time to truly get to know each aspect of what we do and for genuine learning to take place. We will work with your school if you need academic credit for your internship. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer monetary compensation at this time, but we will pay you richly in experience and vegetables.

New Offer: Indian Summer CSA!




Tasty Tomato Festival: Saturday 7/19/14!!!

Buy your tickets here!

Presented by Sustainable Midlands, the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival is a celebration of locally grown food – the people who grow it, the restaurants who place it on their menus, the markets that sell it, and the people who eat it!

Continuing its traditions of old-time festival fun, Tasty Tomato’s programming includes a free heirloom tomato tasting, live music, local food and drink vendors, tomato bobbing, and the highly anticipated Tasty Tomato Contests!

Returning as well this year is the Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, a collaboration with local restaurants that will offer special dishes on their menus made with Midlands Grown ingredients the week before the festival, from July 11-18, 2014. Festival food will also feature local food with a tomato theme!

Sustainable Midlands, a champion of the region’s sustainable food efforts and festival founder, is producing this celebration of the tomato season. The festival will be held at City Roots Urban Farm.

When is the festival?

The festival will be held from 4-9PM on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Where is the festival being held?

City Roots Urban Farm, 1005 Airport Blvd Columbia, SC 29205. Located in the Rosewood Neighborhood.

What should I bring?

Bring camp chairs and blankets to sit on. No coolers, please!

What about my dog? Can he come?

Yes, but remember that pets feel the heat more than we do, and shade is at a premium.

Who’s Gonna Be at the Festival?

Baked by Rach

Bone-In Artisan BBQ


Bulls Bay Saltworks

Capitol Café and Bakery

Charleston Cooks!

Chill Out Pops

City Roots

Crêpes and Croissants

Department of Agriculture

Dupre at the Market

Gin Juice


Jake’s on Devine

K&K Gourmet Sweets

Oak Table

Paradise Ice

Rosewood Market Deli


Sallie’s Greatest

Spotted Salamander

State Fair

Sustainable Midlands

Villa Tronco

Wil-Moore Farms Lemonade Stand

Fat & Juicy Bloody Mary Bar, with American Harvest Organic Vodka

Beer: Local Conquest Brewery, Swamp Cabbage Brewery, and other Domestic beers

Other Attractions:

Taste a variety of Heirloom Tomatoes

Self-tour the City Roots Urban Sustainable Farm

Art & Craft activities for children

Face Painting

Tomato Bobbing! 

You-Pick Season at City Roots!

You-Pick is back!!!

Come out to City Roots & take part in an instant-classic:

You-Pick Blackberries, Blueberries & Genovese Basil

***Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm & Saturday 10 am – 2 pm***

(You-Pick will be closed this Saturday June 21st, 2014 due to a private event.

We apologize for the inconvenience)

Pick as much as you like of our certified organic crops & only pay for what you want to take home!

We’ve got the only certified organic (and THORNLESS !!) blackberries in Columbia, SC!

You-Pick Blackberries & Blueberries

$7.00 per pound

You-Pick Genovese Basil

$10.00 per pound

Happy Picking!

Best of Columbia 2014

THANK YOU for nominating City Roots in The Free Times Best of Columbia 2014 in the category of “Best Green Initiative or Business

Now through June 27th you can vote for us & all your favorite things in Columbia by 
clicking here.

Spanish Language Immersion in a Sustainable Paradise

Interested in learning about sustainability efforts in another part of the world while learning Spanish?
Check out this opportunity offered by Sue McClam. Activities include an opportunity to visit an Agro-ecological development that shares many of the same values as City Roots.

Sponsored by

Sue Rivell McClam, Huatulco Intensive Language Courses 

Maru Cortes Ramos, ASLI – Spanish Language Institute of Cuernavaca

Click here for Registration Form: REGISTRATION

For more details contact:

Sue – 
Maru –

Upcoming Farm to Table Events

        Farm to Table Event Company   

Join us for our Farm to Table Harvest Dinner series at City Roots Farm featuring resident Chefs Kristian Niemi, 

Travis Rayle, & Gordon Langston of Rosso Trattoria and Bourbon Columbia

Upcoming Events:

Farm to Trunk, benefiting Girls on The Run
Thursday May 15th 6:00 – 9:00 pm

At Girls on the Run, our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. Targeting small groups of girls in third

through eighth grades, we teach life skills through fun, engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of running.

The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by volunteer coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing

relationships & teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.

Over the course of the program, girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself

with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society.

Stock up by buying our Harvest Dinner Series wines at a discount while helping to support this great cause.

Cases of wine will be available for order and pick up on Friday as well.

Boil and Stir! Low Country Boil and Bartender Challenge
Sunday May 18th 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for a low country boil, live music, cash bar and bartender challenge!

We will be serving up low country boil prepared by LowCo BBQ and Bourbon Columbia all day while local live music plays.
From 1-3 the bartender challenge will begin! For two hours you get to sample some of the best bartenders creations and vote for your favorite.

There will be a judges winner and a popular vote! Winners will be announced at 3:30.

Limited tickets available, please purchase in advance to avoid missing out! We will not have tickets for sale at the door. 

Click here for tickets to all our Farm to Table events!

Getting to the Roots ~ Weekly Newsletter

This week at City Roots we have harvested:

Red Oak Leaf Lettuce, Red & Green Butter head Lettuce, Mixed Baby Leaf Lettuce, Arugula, Spinach,

Red Russian Kale, Lacinato Kale, Edible Nasturtium Blossoms and Microgreens!

This week City Roots will be attending:

Soda City Market
Saturday 4/19 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

 Seeds of Change Program

City Roots needs YOUR help to enhance our educational outreach! 
Vote here to help us earn a grant from the Seeds of Change Grant Program

Seeds of Change is awarding $190,000 in grants… with your help City Roots could be one of the recipients!!

At City Roots, our dream for the future is to create an outdoor classroom & kitchen to help educate our community about where their food comes from and how to cook and appreciate the incredibly nutritious & delicious benefits of local organic food. This grant could help us realize that dream and expand the educational potential of our operation.

Click here to vote for us (enter City Roots in the search box) and vote once per calendar day until April 21, 2014 when voting ends.

Farm to Table Event Co. 

Upcoming Events

Nose to Scale
Monday April 28th 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Alex Suaudom du Monde from Baan Sawan is back again to do a Nose to Scale dinner featuring wreckfish and bisonIf you were lucky enough to come last year you know Alex and friends put on one of the most talked about dinners of the year. It is a fan favorite.

Opening Cocktail
American Harvest Vodka mixed with Cannonborough Honey Basil Soda handcrafted in North Charleston finished with a splash of Royal Rose’s small batch flavored syrup.

Tom Jued Wun Sen Pla
City Root root vegetables and spinach simmered in SC wreckfish stock with clear bean thread noodles.

Aep Pla
SC Wreckfish wrapped in lemongrass and banana leaves, fire grilled, then unwrapped and served over a multi-kale jok (Thai “risotto”) and topped with yum-dressed City Root microgreens. Charred citrus and City Root radish quick pickle garnishes.

Carolina Bison Panang
72 hour sous vide grass fed bison finished by simmering in a mild panang curry. Served over a garlicky charred City Root turnip smash and garnished with whole heads of garlic roasted in Doko Farm bacon fat.

“Coffee and doughnuts”
Thai-rish coffee Jell-O shots and platters of Thai Coffee doughnut holes with a Thai Coffee glaze.

Cinco de Mayo Harvest Dinner
Monday May 5th 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Stay tuned for the full menu!

Click here for tickets to all our Farm to Table events!

Indie Grits Film Festival Announces Full 2014 Festival Lineup

of Montreal” to headline Indie Grits 2014 Music

Indie Grits Film Festival, the Southeast’s premier film and culture festival for DIY media-makers in Columbia, S.C., which will take place April 11-20, 2014, announces a full lineup of unique films, cultural happenings, concerts and foodie events to engage a variety of audiences.

 The eighth annual Indie Grits, hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina’s oldest art- house cinema located on Main Street in South Carolina’s capital city, will feature 10 days of the best DIY short, experimental, animated and student film, music, food and outside-the-box artistic performances from South Carolina and the Southeast. For the second time, Indie Grits has been named one of MovieMaker magazine’s Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.

To attend check out Indie Grits for tickets!

Sundays at City Roots with Matthew Kipp

We are pleased to announce a new series of short workshops for the beginning gardener to held at City Roots (1005 Airport Blvd Columbia, SC 29205)

Getting Started Composting
Sunday May 11th 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Wild Edible Plant Walk
Sunday May 25th 2:00 – 3:30 pm

To signup for these & other workshops, please visit
Have a question or need more info? Please contact

This Earth Day, April 22nd, 6-8pm
Join local watershed organizations for good food, wine and a silent auction.

Gills Creek, Rocky Branch and Smith Branch watershed associations at Columbia’s Senate’s End to celebrate our vision for the streams and rivers that we have pledged to preserve!  Enjoy food from local restaurants, wines from around the world and great deals at the silent auction from local donors. Make a toast to Earth Day from the deck overlooking the Congaree River, and support healthy waterways!

Wine for Water will benefit the watershed associations, environmental non-profits dedicated to restoring the Midlands’ watersheds through education, grassroots action, and public and private partnerships.

Wine for Water tickets available here!

Click here for This Month’s Southern Vistas Landscape and Garden Center Newsletter: The Latest Dirt 

Working on designing your own garden? Check out Southern Vistas Garden Center around the corner from City Roots (Commerce Dr).

From master planning to complete construction documents, the award-winning team at Southern Vistas can turn your ideas into a gracious outdoor environment. With our seamless design-construct-install approach, and a sharp eye for detail, we ensure the highest level of workmanship through every phase of your project. Our experienced team is ready to provide the complete package from grading, site preparation, irrigation and plantings to stonework, lighting and construction of pergolas, patios, and even water features.

Do you enjoy specialty Beer and Wine??

Checkout our selection now sold on-site at City Roots

Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm

You can also order your own specialty wines by attending the Farm to Trunk event series…

For the next Farm to Trunk click here for tickets


Root to Tip: Vegetarian Harvest Dinner



Join us for our Farm to Table Harvest Dinner series at City Roots Farm featuring resident Chefs Kristian Niemi, Travis Rayle, & Gordon Langston of Rosso Trattoria and Bourbon Columbia

 Next Dinner:

Root to Tip: Vegetarian Harvest Dinner

Monday April 14, 2014
Cocktail Reception begins at 6:30 | Dinner served at 7:00 PM
Our first Vegetarian Harvest Dinner! Featuring Congaree Milling Company, dinner includes 4 courses paired with wine and an opening cocktail! Produce will be harvested from City Roots Farm and local surrounding farms.

American Harvest Reception Cocktail – Strawberry-Basil Shrub

Asparagus & Roasted Red Pepper Terrine w/Happy Cow Goat Cheese-Sorghum Molasses, Pink Peppercorns & City Roots Micro Greens

Smoked Zucchini & Fire Roasted Tomato Jam w/ Crispy Garlic Chips, Happy Cow Asiago Cheese & Aged 10 Year Balsamico

Wood-Grilled Eggplant, City Roots Honey, City Roots Kale & Bok Choy Salad with Tarragon-Sherry Vinaigrette, GA Olive Oil

Bear Creek Shiitake Mushroom Ragu over Congaree Milling Company’s Real Hominy Grits, Thomasville GA Asher Blue, City Roots Sunflower Sprouts

Lemon Mascarpone Tart with Balsamic Strawberries and City Roots Micro Basil

For Tickets and links to other upcoming Events: Root To Tip Dinner 



Midlands Farm Tour Kickoff Dinner

Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Join us to kick off and benefit the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association 2nd annual Midlands Farm tour with a spectacular dinner featuring five Chefs from 3 of your favorite restaurants…
Chef Howard Stephens and Pastry Chef Charley Scruggs from The Oak Table, Chef Travis Rayle from Rosso Trattoria and Chef Gordon Langston from Bourbon Columbia as well as Chef Owner Kristian Niemi from Rosso and Bourbon.
Chefs will be pairing plates with beers from our newest brewery in tonw River Rat Brewery. The brewmaster will be speaking at the dinner as well as dining with you. Local farmers on the tour will be at the dinner and we will be showcasing thier products in each dish. Wine will be available for purchase if you are not a beer drinker.

The Menu:

1st Course:

prepared by Chef/Owner Kristian Niemi of Rosso Trattoria and Bourbon Columbia

Will Moore Farms Pastured Pork Bo Ssam – Slow-cooked Pork rubbed with Fresh Ginger, Orange Zest and Cinnamon in Leaf Lettuce Cup, Ssam Sauce, Ginger-Scallion Sauce, House-Made Kimchi, Carolina Rice
Paired with River Rat Winter Warmer

2nd Course:
Prepared by Executive Chef Travis Rayle from Rosso Trattoria
Beer Braised & Crispy Fried Hazlenut Encrusted Wil-Moore Farms Chicken Leg. Rosemary-Cornbread Pudding, Milk-Hazelnut Brown Ale Gravy, Shredded Carrot-Beet Confetti.
Paired with River Rat Hazelnut Brown Ale 

3rd Course:
prepared by Executive Chef Gordon E. Langston of Bourbon Columbia
Braised Doko Farms Pasture Raised Heritage Lamb and Wil-Moore Farms Chicken Liver Mousse made with City Roots’ Chicken Eggs and Happy Cow Butter topped with City Roots Herb Infused Greek Yogurt sweetened with the First Wort of River Rat’s Red Ale over a bed of City Roots Red Russian Kale dressed with Mint Vinaigrette sweetened with the First Wort of River Rat’s Red Ale
Paired with River Rat Red Ale 

4th Course:
prepared by Executive Chef Howard Stephens from The Oak Table
Wil Moore Farms Roasted and Grilled Pork Loin with Apple butter City Roots kale with bacon and Serrano vinegar. 
Paired with River Rat Double IPA 

5th Course (Dessert):
Prepared by Pastry Chef Charley Scruggs from The Oak Table
Purple carrot cake, with sweetened goat mascarpone, citrus confit, beet sugar
Paired with River Rat Moncks Corner Abbey Ale

CFSA Kickoff Dinner Tickets
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