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South Carolina

Preservation-minded chefs often partner with local farmers to source hard-to-find heirloom varieties. For Sean Brock of Charleston’s Husk, that partner is Greg Johnsman, who produces stone-ground grits at Geechie Boy Market & Mill (2995 Hwy. 174, Edisto; 843/209-5220). Located on one of the Sea Islands, the picturesque shack provides a lesson in heritage farming. “Grinding corn through a mill that dates from 1945 is like stepping back in time, and Greg’s farm keeps our kitchen full of interesting things, like okra flowers and white peaches,” Brock says. “He’s the next generation of hope for Southern agriculture.”

Bring It Back: Regional staples such as boiled peanuts ($3.50 per pound) and bags of powder-fine white cornmeal ($3 per bag).

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