Compost in My Shoe’s Jim Martin gets excited about the vegetables he grows, as he demonstrates through his many social media channels including Instagram and Twitter, where he is able to share the growing stages. Martin’s worked in public horticulture for 25 years, the last six of which were spent working with the Charleston Parks Conservancy. Raised on a dairy farm in Ohio until the age of 13 when his family moved to South Carolina, Martin has always wanted to transition into farming with the organic methods he learned before organic was a label. His emerging boutique farm is now taking shape with the help of mushroom compost, plant mulch, and rare seeds, like the coveted Italian Padron pepper, a present brought to him from traveling friends. “They smuggled them back in their suitcase so I had to honor their wishes and try growing them,” he says. Little did he know the Padron peppers would grow well and become as much a delicacy here as they are in Europe. Martin’s CSA runs year-round and includes a full share (one-two people), deluxe share (three-four people), Grand Grocer, Budding Chef, or Giddy Gourmet tiers of membership. Plus, there’s home delivery in certain areas. Compost in My Shoe produce can be found mainly at the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market in Riverland Terrace. Check out his blog to sign up.


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