Summertime in South Carolina is known for two things: hot temps and cool treats. With summer days soaring into triple digits, there’s no better way to cool off than with market treats like local ice cream.
Even better? When it’s served up farm-side.
Our farmers are known for their delicious produce and it’s even better served in a cone. Take a stroll off the beaten path this summer to score a scoop (or two) of farm-fresh ice cream.
In Chesnee, South Carolina, just a few miles south of the North Carolina border outside of Spartanburg, sits Strawberry Hill, known for its spring berries and summertime peaches. The café serves up breakfast and lunch six days a week and their ice cream parlor is open until 8 p.m. The parlor serves straight-from-the-farm flavors like peach, strawberry, strawberry cheesecake and peach cheesecake as well as some classics.
Within 45 minutes of both Camden and Florence is McBee, home to the one-and-only McLeod Farms. Their roadside market off Highway 151 is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. giving visitors the chance to shop their in-season produce, everything from peaches and berries to tomatoes and squash. But their homemade ice cream is a must. Not in the neighborhood? McLeod even ships out their famous peaches.
Nestled halfway between Augusta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina is Watsonia Farms in Monetta. During the summer season, Watsonia is overflowing with delicious produce like kale, plums, peaches, and sweet corn all served up at their roadside stand, Peaches ‘N’ Such. Find these market treats Thursday through Sunday, where diners can now enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as homemade ice cream flavors like peach, strawberry, vanilla and chocolate.
Soak up the sun this spring while enjoying fresh and locally sourced South Carolina ingredients at Certified SC restaurants.
- by Erin Byers Murray