Want to buy local produce or goods?

Hilton Head Farmers Market
When/where: 8 a.m.-noon, Thursdays through Aug. 27; The Mall at Shelter Cove, Hilton Head
More information: 843-686-3090

Farmers Market of Bluffton
When/where: 2-6 p.m., Thursdays through Nov. 19; 40 Calhoun St., Bluffton
More information: 843-290-6831 or e-mail blufftonmarket@aol.com

Jasper County Farmers Market
When/where: 1-6 p.m., Fridays throughout the summer; 9935 South Jacob Smart Boulevard, U.S. 17, Ridgeland;
More information: 843-717-3690

Three Sisters Farm
Where: Pinckney Colony community, Bluffton
More information: 843-757-2363 or e-mail mconnor@hargray.com

The Tomato Man
The Tomato ManOne of the people who support and benefit from the “grown locally” movement is “The Tomato Man, shown above left. He’s a common sight around Hilton Head (his real name is Bill, but he likes to be known only as The Tomato Man and didn’t want to provide his last name). He buys tomatoes from local farmers and sells them to island restaurants ranging from Michael Anthony and Charlie’s Crab to the Sea Shack and Gruby’s Deli.

The Tomato Man does a thriving business that echoes his native islander heritage. “Not that long ago, the north end of Hilton Head Island was covered with tomato farms,” he said. Now he travels the Lowcountry and sometimes as far as Columbia for top quality products. “Our tomatoes have a certain tang. I know they’re good when I see the chefs eating them,” he said.