Slow Food Upstate

Supporting Good, Clean and Fair Food




What it is, what it has to do with our everyday food and what we can do to preserve it.

Since its early days, Slow Food has put the defense of biodiversity at the heart of its strategies. But what is biodiversity and what does it have to do with our food?

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Slow Fish

Fish: It’s a slippery issue. Hidden underwater, our marine resources are not easy to study or understand. What state are our seas in? What fish species are on the verge of extinction? Can we influence the market? Should we stop eating fish? Is there a future for small-scale fishers? Read more.

Promoting Forgotten Flavors: The Ark of Taste

The US Ark of Taste is a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. By promoting and eating Ark products we help ensure they remain in production and on our plates.


Since 1996, more than 800 products from over 50 countries have been added to the international Ark of Taste. The US Ark of Taste profiles over 200 rare regional foods, and is a tool that helps farmers, ranchers, fishers, chefs, retail grocers, educators and consumers celebrate our country's diverse biological, cultural and culinary heritage.

Download the list of USA Ark foods by region

Search for producers of Ark products in the Local Harvest Directory

Upstate Farms with Ark of Taste Products

Bio-Way Farms

Earth Market Certified Producer

Chris Sermons

Ware Shoals, SC

Various Ark of Taste Vegetables in season.

Earth Perks

Earth Market Certified Producer

Rich Davis

Various Ark of Taste Vegetables in season 


Garden Delights

Earth Market Certified Producer

Julie Adolf

Moore, SC 

Garden Delights specializes in growing heirloom vegetable plants.

Amish Paste Tomato, Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato, Beaver Dam Peppers, Brandywine (Sudduth's Strain) Tomatoes, Bull Nose Peppers, Cherokee Purple Tomato, Fish Peppers, German Pink Tomato, Hinkelhatz Peppers, Jimmy Nardello Italian Peppers

Parson's Produce

Earth Market Certified Producer

Daniel Parson

Clinton SC

Various Ark of Taste Vegetables in season.


Walker Century Farms 

Earth Market Certified Producer

Dr. Nancy and Dr. Bill Walker

Devon Cattle  Mule Foot Hog

Red Fern Farm

Gray Court, SC 29645

Katherine Mizell

Ark of Taste Products:

Tunis Sheep

Day Five Farm

344 Sullivan Rd. Simpsonville, SC 29680

Craig and Elizabeth Scott

864 552 1971

Ark of Taste Products: Delaware Chicken, Narragansett Turkey

Patient Wait Farms, Piedmont, SC

309 Trotter Road
Piedmont, SC 29673

Gail Cooley

Ark of Taste Products:

Cherokee Purple Tomato   Orange Oxheart Tomato  Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter Tomato   Yellow-Meated Watermelon  Jersey Buff Turkey  Narragansett Turkey

Putney Farms

Donna and Lenard Putney

1624 Taylor Road
Honea Path, SC 29654
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Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato   Cherokee Purple Tomato  Bourbon Red Turkey  Plymouth Rock chicken

Broken Wing Farms-Honea Path, SC

331 Penson Road
Honea Path, SC 29654  Bill Welch

Bourbon Red Turkey  Delaware Chicken   Dominique Chicken   Old Type Rhode Island Red Chicken   Plymouth Rock chicken  Wyandotte Chicken  Tupelo Honey

Red Fern Farm

2031 Harris Grove Church Road
Gray Court, SC 29645

Katherine Mizell

Ark of Taste Products:

Tunis Sheep

Soby's Farm at Dark Hollow

North Saluda, GreenvilleCounty

Shaun Garcia

Ark of Taste Products:

Amish Paste Tomato,Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato, Cherokee Purple Tomato , German Pink Tomato, Moon & Stars Watermelon, Yellow-Meated Watermelon

Brick House Farms

Eve and Jim Lyle

1139 Brick House Rd.
Gaffney, SC 29340

Ark of Taste Products:

Amish Paste Tomato, Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato, Moon & Stars Watermelon, Cherokee Purple Tomato, Delaware Chicken, Fish Peppers, German Pink Tomato, Milking Devon Cattle Red Wattle Hog, Royal Palm Turkey

Healthy Farms

488 N Barton Rd
Taylors, SC 29687
Bob Persson
(864) 895-6751

Ark of Taste Products:

Amish Paste Tomato, Cherokee Purple Tomato, Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter Tomato  Old Type Rhode Island Red Chicken, Wyandotte Chicken