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Charleston's first mission-driven mobile farmers' market committed to improving healthy food access & bolstering our local food economy
Charleston's first mission-driven mobile farmers' market committed to improving healthy food access & bolstering our local food economy
551 backers pledged $47,002 to help bring this project to life.

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We're ecstatic!!! THANKS so much to everyone who backed #FundTheBus! But there’s still four days left! If we reach our new stretch goal, you’ll make our mobile market even cooler with:

  • 2 cold storage units to keep our fresh produce even fresher!
  • Plus! If we reach our stretch goal we’ll stock a ton of free ready to eat healthy meal kits on our “LSG Quick Dinner Shelf” for low income shoppers: Talk about healthy eating made easy!

Hey friends - We're Lowcountry Street Grocery, a mission-driven mobile farmers' market here in Charleston, S.C. Our goal is to make the farmers' market more convenient for all, and more accessible for those living in areas without regular access to affordable fresh & healthy food!

Lowcountry Street Grocery is a mission-driven, mobile farmers' market designed to make healthy, local food affordable and accessible. Our mobile market will travel across the Lowcountry, bringing farm-fresh produce directly to your neighborhood, school, community center or place of business! Our business model is firmly grounded in a mission to:

We'll sustain this mission by way of a hybrid, profit-generating business model - Our mobile market will reinvest the revenue we generate in order to provide:

We will transform and style-out an old school bus, making it both functional and inviting. Our mobile market will have the unique ability to drive a two-aisle indoor/outdoor farmers' market to any road-navigable location in the Lowcountry. When set up for shopping, fresh, local produce will adorn farm crates that "rack up" on the side of the bus. Meats, farm eggs, dairy, breads, frozen & canned goods, meal kits, artwork, and local artisan specialties will flank the interior of the bus. When in motion, the wooden produce rack will fold up, becoming and tasteful venue for sponsorship and advertising. 

 Just like a food truck, our point-of-sale terminal aboard the bus will accept cash and credit, with the addition of SNAP/EBT. Realizing that our success goes beyond a simple point-of-sale vehicle, the bus will also be equipped with nutritional education components, mobile gardens, a neighborhood delivery bicycle, and a gathering spot to eat and hang out. Hearkening back to a simpler time, the bus will surely be a welcome sight in your neighborhood or office parking lot. Imagine the sense of satisfaction that will come from shopping for dinner on this guy, and knowing that sales will be reinvested into areas of need - Yes Please!

*Provided in partnership with MUSC Children's HealthLowcountry Food Bank, Slow Food Charleston, and Whole Foods Market

 A little something for everyone! We have devised a way to reward your support that inherently resembles our business model and gives you a taste of the services and products that LSG has to offer. For many, you'll notice that getting what you want empowers you to pay it forward for someone else!

The State - "College of Charleston Grad wants to take on Charleston’s food deserts with a mobile farmers market" 

College Today - "CofC Alums Creating Mobile Farmers Market to Serve ‘Food Deserts’"

Queen of the Food Age - Lowcountry Street Grocery's Mobile Farmers' Market

The Cistern Yard - LOWCOUNTRY STREET GROCERY: Mobilizing Food in a Revolutionary Way

Charleston City Paper - "Lowcountry Street Grocery drives produce to Charleston's food deserts"

CHARLIE Magazine - "Charleston's 50 Most Progressive: Lindsey Barrow Jr. - Founder & Director of Lowcountry Street Grocery"

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association - "Lowcountry Street Grocery - On a Mission to Make Healthy, Local Food Affordable and Accessible"



Lindsey Barrow, Jr. and Kate DeWitt have been working the long & late hours to make LSG a reality. They are joined by a team of friends, volunteers, and other talented do-gooders - without them, none of this would be possible! 

 Learn more about Lindsey & Kate, and our entire team at our website!

Risks and challenges

We know this won’t be easy. Addressing a community problem like food insecurity requires a community solution. That’s why we’ve spent the last year building partnerships all across the Lowcountry—with nonprofit and community organizations, schools, city officials, and local restaurants—that will support us as allies in carrying out our mission. These partners will help us develop and implement nutrition education programming, offer financial stability as we continue to gain ground, and provide entry points into our target markets. Perhaps most importantly, we will rely on our community partners to serve as bus stops in our initial bus routes—ensuring high customer volume and a positive reception on the part of the communities we aim to serve.

As a social business venture, we know that we will be subject to all the common challenges facing start-ups—garnering and expanding a customer base, promoting our brand, etc. We also know ours is an idea that everyone has a stake in supporting—local farms and producers are supported, customers get the goods they want in a convenient and fun way, and best of all, our underserved communities are included. We feel confident that the Charleston community is one that is primed to embrace our model and mission, and that we’ve reached a tipping point of awareness, willingness and support for initiatives such as this, making NOW the perfect time to launch.

The growing and selling of produce, by nature (get it!), is a highly volatile venture. Seasons change, weather turns ugly, and crops sometimes fail. We hope that our mobile market approach will offer a responsive and flexible outlet for the members of our farmers’ coop, as well as for our own farms—one that is able to quickly respond to changes in supply and demand to best maximize production capabilities as they change. We have surrounded ourselves with long-term veterans in the farming world, as well as many other small, young, and beginning farmers with whom we constantly share lessons learned and best practices.

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    COLLEGE OF KNOWLEDGE PLEDGE!
    Reserved for students, faculty, and the administration of our alma mater, The College of Charleston. If this reward sells out, we will take a student vote for a campus bus stop. We'll also stock surrounding corners stores with fresh and local stuff! Whattttttttttttt?!!!

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    LSG SWAG - STICKER AND KOOZIE!
    Also, we will be forever grateful and send you a bus-load of good karma! (insert air-hug here)

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    BUY A GARDEN KIT, GIVE A GARDEN KIT!
    For an Andrew Jackson, we will create your very own garden kit including seeds and planting instructions so you can plant food-things whenever and wherever you want. Every garden kit purchased will be doubled and distributed to a low-income household located within Charleston's food deserts. We'll also throw in a sticker for good measure.

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    LSG TRUCKER HAT!
    Get you a high foam farmer hat and rock your support in Tara Reid fashion!! Plain and simple, green mesh with our logo out front on high foam white! Destined for the highway. Yep, you gonna cop that LSG swag too!

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    LIMITED EDITION "DRIVER" TOTE: GET A TOTE, GIVE A TOTE!
    Reusable tote bag with our limited edition "Driver" logo. These are made from recycled goods that can withstand the test of time and loads of veggies! Additionally, for every tote you buy, we fill one with a "happy" to a SNAP recipient shopper. Tote can also be used as a couch cushion, oven mitt, or bunched up in a ball for a camping pillow.

    Tote comes with Driver Sticker and Seed Kit, local pickups filled with an extra "happy"!

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    LIMITED EDITION "DRIVER" T-SHIRT!
    Proudly display your support with this realllll nice limited edition t-shirt that proves you were directly involved in getting LSG on the road! Designed and produced here in Charleston.

    Lightweight, pebble or sand colored, LSG logo front and center. "Driver" logo printed on top back. Definitely a baller tee for a good cause!

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    CROP BUCKET!
    Large farm bucket of herbs or veggies of your choice, delivered to your door this summer! We'll tell ya what works well together and food will grow for you and yours all year long!

    Example: tomato, basil, and beans.

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    A BUS LOAD!
    Sample our partner's offerings in what will sure to be more exciting than a holiday meat and cheese basket...and those are pretty exciting! Leave it to us to put together a bunch of cool stuff you'd want to take home from the bus including produce, baked goods, honey, oil, a candle, and other choice locally-produced items. (Shipping limits available items)

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    "DRIVER" TOTE, TEE, & SEEDS COMBO!
    All three items from above but packaged together in a swag bundle! Get a packet of seeds too so you can grow some food things on your property. Perfect Reward for backers from afar!

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    EDMUND'S OAST BENEFIT DINNER!
    A private dinner hosted by our close friends at Charleston's best new restaurant, Edmund's Oast. Join the LSG team and dine outside in the beautiful and newly-opened Bower. Executive Chef Andy Henderson and his team will pace your evening, showcasing much of what our fields are producing! Pairings and live music provided. Each guest will also receive some sweet LSG swag to take home.

    Certainly a special spring evening in Charleston not to be missed!

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    PRE-LOADED PRE-ORDER TAB!
    For $175 you get 6 months of online pre-order plus an opening $75 tab. That's right, peruse the bus offerings from home or work, then coordinate the most convenient bus stop to come scoop your goods!

    Oh yeah, your pre-order fee also covers a SNAP-recipient's for 6 months because we believe pre-order convenience should be offered to those that need it the most.

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    EDMUND'S OAST BENEFIT DINNER!
    2 TICKETS - SWEETHEART DEAL!

    A private dinner on May 11, hosted by our close friends at Charleston's best new restaurant, Edmund's Oast. Join the LSG team and dine outside in the beautiful and newly-opened Bower. Executive Chef Andy Henderson and his team will pace your evening, showcasing much of what our fields are producing! Pairings and live music provided. Each guest will also receive some sweet LSG swag to take home.

    Certainly a special spring evening in Charleston not to be missed!

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    PRE-LOADED PRE-ORDER TAB!
    For $300 you get 1 year of online pre-order plus an opening $150 credit. That's right, peruse the bus offerings from home or work, then coordinate the most convenient bus stop to come scoop your goods!

    You guessed it! Your pre-order fee also covers two SNAP-recipient's for 1 year because we believe pre-order convenience should be offered to those that need it the most.

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    BACKYARD GARDEN BLITZ!
    LSG team members will build you a raised-bed garden at your home, with one return re-seeding and soil amendment. Driver sticker and seed packet included!

    *Consulting with local gardener-extraordinaire, Rita Bachmann!

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    SPONSOR A VEGGIE BIN!
    Sponsor a highly-visible, permanent vegetable bin for one year. You or your business name will adorn the front of one of our wood storage crates so that all of Charleston will know that you sponsor LSG and more importantly, healthy food access!

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    BUY A GARDEN BLITZ, SPONSOR A GARDEN BLITZ!
    The LSG team will build you or your business a garden that will be replicated in a low-income, low access location that you and yours will sponsor. If you would prefer to sponsor two gardens in a low-income neighborhood we can work that out too! Either way, we're putting fresh, organic food inthe ground!

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    SPONSOR LSG - CHOOSE A PRIVATE STOP!
    You actually get to pick a bus stop for an entire year, even your own driveway! This reward is limited to the Charleston area and must comply with local laws and regulations. This reward package also comes with sponsorship on the LSG website for an entire year!

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    LSG CORPORATE WELLNESS PACKAGE!
    The bus will roll up directly to your business or organization on a weekly basis and set up for your people! Included: interactive nutrition education material, cooking and gardening demos, guest chef appearances, dinner kits with pdf. and printed recipes, and more!

    Additionally, your or your business' name will prominently adorn a space within the bus interior for one year and get website space as well! Whoa.

    Partnering with Whole Foods Market, Lowcountry Food Bank,
    Charleston Healthy Business Challenge

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    OFFICIAL CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP!
    You or your business/organization get Exclusive Advertising and Sponsorship Opportunities, Private Events, Buyouts, Weekly Bus Stops, AND the optional Wellness Package! This is for the serious LSG supporters!
    Hit us up for more details!

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    "SPONSOR THE BUS" SPONSORSHIP!
    This reward level is reserved for those that wish to ball with LSG and take partnership to a new level! In addition, you receive every tier 1 and tier 2 reward. Congratulations. You just finished your 2015 holiday shopping with one click!
    Hit us up for more details!

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