In Huger, George Nelson developed and constructed a controlled hydroponic greenhouse operation to provide Charleston with tender, fresh lettuces and microgreens. Last year, Sweetbay doubled its greenhouse space and its propagation room size for the third year, greatly increasing the quantity of adult lettuces, basil, and baby lettuce mixes they produce. The plants at Sweetbay are high quality with unmatched taste locally, and in the propagation room, you’ll find nutrient-packed custom grown microgreens like red-veined sorrel and cilantro, perfect for artful garnishing, stored in a geothermally supplied cooling system. The environment is kept at a precise temperature 24 hours a day. Nelson says if handled properly, hydroponic food grows faster and stays fresher longer after picking. A well system with purified water hydrates the plants, while a solar-powered stereo provides musical entertainment for farmhands. Find Sweetbay’s products at the Piggly Wiggly, Vegetable Bin, Newton Farms, Boone Hall Farms, and Our Local Foods.