Sea Islands Local Outlet (SILO) has launched in Habersham Marketplace. Owned and operated by farmer David Hislop, SILO’s mission is to provide locally sourced food to residents of Beaufort County while educating them about where and how the food they eat is produced.
An off-spring of the Habersham Farmer’s Market, SILO was created by a group of local food enthusiasts as an opportunity for local growers and food purveyors to sell their products directly to its members. SILO is an illustration of Habersham’s goal to maintain its reputation as a model for sustainable development, providing a direct link between urbanism and agrarianism, according to a press release sent out by SILO and Habersham.
Products are sold directly through the SILO shop front in the Habersham Marketplace or online.
Like traditional farmers markets, the growers and producers pay a sellers’ fee for the ability to sell their products directly to customers through SILO. Customers pay a minimal annual membership fee which helps cover the operating expenses of SILO and enables them to participate in events like tastings, cooking demonstrations, lectures, etc.
Additionally, the concept offers sellers the ability to set wholesale prices for any products they choose. Only wholesale buyers, like restaurants and schools, will be able to view and receive these prices online. The goal is to make the locating and buying of locally grown items even easier for those who prepare for numerous numbers of people.
SILO is located at 7A Market St. in the Habersham Marketplace. Customers may make their purchases Monday morning through Wednesday evening weekly and pick up and pay for their order each Friday after 4 p.m. Orders are packaged in reusable, insulated SILO bags that are returned at the next pick-up.