I am incredibly excited about a new store in Sumter called The Farm Store. They specialize in SC grown or produced food stuffs. If you're a foodie you won't need much of an explanation of why this place is cool. Instead I'll give you a list of some of the cool stuff they sell. I have only bought from there once. Here was my grocery list:
Really good SC made butter (they also have Amish butter)
Sour Cream--You don't know what sour cream should be if you've only eaten it from the grocery store
Cream Cheese--ditto although milder but creamier than grocery store
Cheddar Cheese--I bought the prepacked stuff for serving to some guests. The SC made stuff is probably better. 5yr and 9yr.
Here's some other cool stuff they have:
Raw Milk--This is very hard to find. This is unpasteurized milk straight from the cow
Unhomogenized Milk--This is pasteurized but not homogenized
--Also in Chocolate and Strawberry
Raw milk cheese
Cheese curds--Haven't ever had these but I will soon
Tons of different types of cheeses made in SC. Pretty much anything you could possibly want
Sheep--ground, chops, roasts
Goat--haven't tried this yet but how can billions of people worldwide be wrong
Grass fed beef--various cuts
Pork--various cuts--evidently this is hard to keep in stock so you may want to get an idea of when they're having a hog butchered
Chicken--free range of course
Turkeys--they showed me the biggest freakin' turkey I've ever seen. They will have more reasonably sized ones as well
Fresh bread every Friday
Seasonal local grown veggies
Local jams and preserves
Sorghum--haven't got any yet but I'm a huge fan and can't wait for that first Sunday morning when I can make biscuits
Whole wheat pastas that I can't decide if I want to try
These are really nice folks who seem eager to get anything that you could possibly want so if you don't see what you're looking for just ask them. He even puts his cell phone on the his card. Does the guy that runs your grocery store do that? Some of the products are a little pricey but others are pretty close to comparable to the grocery store. Regardless, this is the type of store that we should be supporting.
Mike & Felicia Dellinger
1191 Peach Orchard Rd.
It is located near the corner of Hwy 76/378 and Hwy 441. If you are leaving Sumter on 76/378 going towards Columbia take a left on Hwy 441 and they are about 4 doors up on the right. They are switching spots with their neighbors this week (Nov. 2) so they will have more space but it may not be the best week to stop by if you want the full effect. They will also have a kitchen which has lots of cool possibilities.
Anyway..go there. Often. Spend lots. It's a cool place run by cool people.