Emile DeFelice, Soda City Market
Emile DeFelice is a man unafraid of opinions. As chair and founder of the Soda City Market in Columbia, SC, he helps transform a Main Street into a thriving market every Saturday morning, rain or shine. But that is just the beginning. This is the man who once raised pastured pork, who once ran for the SC Commissioner of Agriculture, and who doesn’t particularly like his home city’s current tagline. He’s passionate about a lot, thinks about a lot, and is not afraid to say what he thinks while occasionally taking a puff on a vape pen scented like cotton candy. And through it all, he’s helping a city decide what it thinks about its food sources, its farmers, and even its flag.
Food is often political, we talk about that, and Emile is a man who is very political. Hell, he called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the Soda City Facebook page. As promised, here's the video for those who might have missed what a big deal this was for the state. But this discussion is only the beginning of our convo -- don't miss a sentence!