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Celebrate The Strawberry Moon in June

What’s Up Meg

Having reached my goal of 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die, I’m now on a South Carolina food journey to chow down at the best restaurant in each of the 46 S.C. counties, while seeking the Top 100 Food Dishes To Eat In South Carolina While Alive, Or, Before Dead, Whichever Comes First.  I have taken off a few weeks in June and am a bit behind on my Tasty Tuesday food blog day.  I apologize in advance if I bombard your inbox.  Thanks for the follow and the read!

Why This Stop

 In South Carolina, the strawberry cultivars of today arrived this year by April 1st.  But now the spectacular “Strawberry Moon” of June has left and I just picked up the last of this season’s fresh strawberries.

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The fresh strawberry season is winding down in South Carolina

So here are two of my favorite places to extend my strawberry love until that moon passes this way next June.

Tasty Tuesday – South Carolina Strawberries.

 1.  Strawberry bread from Abbott Bakery in Cowpens is one of my new top picks for great food in South Carolina.

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Strawberry Bread from Abbott Farms Bakery in Cowpens, South Carolina

MEGastars 5 *****  I have tried to make this bread but it never has tasted this fresh. My MEGatips-

  1. Although you can purchase Abbott’s Bakery goodies in the locations noted on the link below, Do get it from the bakery in Cowpens when it is fresh and the icing is not melted. Also, they have smaller loaves of bread available.  Which brings me to my next point.
  2. Eat the whole thing right away.
  3. Heading North or South, there are now SIX farm stops along I-85, I-65, and I-26.
  4. Here is a link to Abbott Farms general website for information on their farm, their harvest calendar, and some fantastic recipes.
  5. Many of their products that are shipped across the U.S.A. Abbott Farms
  6. The Abbott Farms Bakery is located at Exit 83: 291 Bud Arthur Bridge Road, Cowpens, SC 29330  phone 800-764-0076 for hours of operation at each site. 

2. Strawberry Hill 

There is a large area in the upstate of S.C. dedicated to farming, specifically the best peaches anywhere. Although the peaches are king in this area, the strawberry got the namesake.

In the middle of what seems to be nowhere, lies a place called Strawberry Hill U.S.A.

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Cooley Farms fields of strawberries Chesnee S.C.

The large fields are centered by a farmer’s market that is open seasonally

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Cooley Farms Market at Strawberry Hill U.S.A.

and across the highway, a restaurant that is open year round. Unfortunately, this restaurant doesn’t serve anything with their strawberries except for pancakes, and they are only available during the strawberry season.

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The cafe Strawberry Hill Chesnee SC

But, there is an ice cream shop inside of the cafe, and their homemade strawberry ice cream is available all year long.  You can eat it right there or take home a quart or more.

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Homemade strawberry ice cream from Cooley Farms Strawberry Hill U.S.A.

MEGastars 5 ***** I would say this is some of the best strawberry ice cream that I have ever tasted.

A few of the other strawberry things that I love from this spot are: strawberry jam,  strawberry cider, and, anything peaches.

MEGatips

  1. Currently, they are selling fresh peaches, blueberries, and blackberries from the farm market.
  2. When in season, you don’t have to pick the berries. Just stop at the market, grab and go.
  3. Although they sell other types of jams, the strawberry and the peach jams make great gifts.  Stock up.
  4. The cafe also sells fresh farm eggs, milk, and a few other local goods.  Check out the refrigerator case.
  5. I also recommend this stop for breakfast.  Get that Cathead Biscuit for breakfast.  Yep, it’s big.

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    The “Cathead Biscuit” at Strawberry Hill Cafe

  6.  They do stop serving promptly at 11 a.m. and go to their lunch menu.
  7. The website for all information Strawberry Hill U.S.A.
  8. Although the market is currently open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during the season,  the cafe is CLOSED  on Sundays.   The hours are a bit confusing to me so here is what’s up.
  9. Cafe Hours:  6 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.   Mon. – Sat.
  10. Ice Cream Hours:  10 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily
  11. 3092 Highway 11 West Chesnee, SC 29323  Phone 864.461.4000

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ABOUT:  This MEGabites and MEGastars description is found at the bottom of each post and may be helpful if you are new to my food escapades.  Having made it to 100 Dishes on Alabama’s 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die, I began a new quest in South Carolina.

*100 Dishes To Eat In South Carolina While Alive or Before You Die, Whichever Comes First.” is my compilation of food to chow down on “Carolina style.” It is my S.C. Food Bucket List and you may follow as I chow down like Ms. Pacman in another gorgeous state that I call home.  [1] I am loosely following Snacks of Jax 2016 46 County Best Restaurant List as a guide. From the Mom and Pop diner to the James Beard Chef, this journey is an opportunity for me to explore my new state and experience pride in food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food.  From my bucket list, I select stops based on convenience of location and they are in no particular order (but I already have a few favorites.)  [1] http://www.snacksofjax.com

I use a 5 MEGastar rating system.  For the most part, I am traveling a distance to try these dishes and generally, the experience gets one shot at how I view the food.   I factor this in using my own star system so that I may be fair to the wonderful dishes and people behind them. I’m very easy to please, I can overlook quite a bit and have worked in the foodservice industry.

  • *Meh food. Just wasn’t good. Maybe the food came from a can? Or, the place was not one that I would want to send someone to show pride in South Carolina.   This has happened to me a few times and is always a difficult write.
  • ** Passable – the food was “ok” but the place was not “ok” or vice versa.
  • *** Good but not outstanding or unique.
  • **** Very tasty food with an above average experience.
  • ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. And/Or, something is very unique, something you cannot get anywhere else.

[1] Snacks of Jax Snacksofjax.com 2016 46 Best County Restaurant List

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