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Pick Your Own Blueberries and Blackberries at These Farms Near Greenville, SC

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Dreaming of ripe blackberries? Interested in upick blueberries? Greenville, SC, and WNC have several places to pick those sweet, juicy berries yourself! We love picking fresh berries and filling up the freezer for this year’s blueberry muffins, oatmeal, blackberry cobbler, pies, and more. Here’s a list of local blueberry and blackberry farms in Greenville where you can pick your own.

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Feed & Seed: Cafe, Local Market, and Meeting the Needs of the Community in Greenville, SC

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Feed & Seed is a unique nonprofit in Greenville, SC that seeks to reduce food waste while producing excellent products for consumers and giving access to food to families who live in a food desert in Greenville. 

Feed & Seed, located in Judson Mill right off the edge of downtown Greenville, is home to a fairly unique operation that opened in 2022. And they are in that exact location for a very good reason: because it’s a food desert. 

Feed & Seed wears many hats and I’ll tell you why a visit to them is a delicious idea. 

About Feed & Seed 

Feed & Seed is a nonprofit located in the middle of a food desert in Greenville. The USDA defines a food desert as, “A tract in which at least 100 households are located more than one-half mile from the nearest supermarket and have no vehicle access; or at least 500 people, or 33 percent of the population, live more than 20 miles from the nearest supermarket, regardless of vehicle availability.”

There are more than 6,500 of them in the United States, including 21 in 14 different counties in South Carolina, according to the USDA. However, Feed & Seed is not a food bank but they certainly have in mind people in low-income areas who are struggling with food insecurity. The nonprofit went through miles of bureaucratic red tape to allow the use of SNAP (food stamps) to be used to buy their products, including nine locations in Pickens and Oconee counties where people can purchase FoodShare boxes for $5 with SNAP.

Food Share Feed and Seed
Packing FoodShare boxes

They house a cafe where they sell local produce, meat, dairy, and their own housemade take-and-bake meals, as well as a cafe where you can order breakfast or lunch. I’ve had their Italian sub and wow, I’ve been dreaming of that deliciousness ever since. 

They also work with local farmers to buy their produce and fruit, which is awesome because farmers often can only sell their goods on-site or during the farmers’ market season, which is only about a third of the year or even less sometimes. That’s a small window to stay in business.

Feed & Seed also hosts community events and has space for meetings, parties, or other gatherings. 

Meeting the Needs of the Community 

Feed & Seed saw the need for fresh produce and local food and was founded to fill the gap between the people who need that and the people who provide it. That’s the reason for the location they chose and the idea took off from there. 

The nonprofit partners with several local farms and others in the area who grow and produce that nourishing, healthy food that everyone needs but may not have access to. They do that by buying produce directly from farmers, processing it themselves, and selling it right at their store. 

Feed & Seed also has a program for Oconee County and Pickens County called FoodShare where boxes of fresh produce are sold for $20 cash or $5 EBT. There are nine pickup locations. These boxes are filled with 10-12 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables. Anyone can order a FoodShare box. In Greenville, Foodshare Greenville is run by Mill Village Farms.

Feed & Seed often needs volunteers to fill these boxes. You can sign up here.

Reducing Food Waste

You know how you have this grand idea of buying three heads of kale that you plan to cook the following week for your family and then, two weeks later remember it’s there and it really doesn’t look all that great? Or maybe you bought a bunch of peaches, put them in your refrigerator and found them a month later all moldy? OK, please tell me I’m not alone here. Americans waste an enormous amount of food. It’s truly awful and after I toured Feed & Seed, I was determined to make smarter choices in menu planning and remembering what I’ve bought and how to use it. 

Feed & Seed steps in to help make sure that food waste doesn’t happen by buying produce, veggies, and fruit directly from farms and immediately making use of it so it doesn’t go bad. 

Mangos

Food banks are a necessary part of the community in Greenville but even they have limitations. With food banks, they often cannot keep enough fresh produce because they don’t have the necessary refrigeration and storage. At Feed & Seed, they have massive refrigerators plus have come up with ways to reduce food waste by freeze-drying and dehydrating fresh fruits and vegetables, which give them long-lasting staying power and significantly reduce food waste. 

They also offer rental refrigeration to farmers who need a place to store extra goods. This is a huge service to smaller farms especially. 

The Cafe & Store

Feed & Seed sells a huge variety of local goods from honey to jams to dairy to meat to produce to coffee. I could have spent a ton of money there! 

I really like that the nonprofit has such a laser focus on local food. Honestly, it makes me feel good to buy something I know was grown or produced right here in the Upstate because it goes right back into our local community. 

Inside of Feed & Seed

The one thing I didn’t try was their take-and-bake meals and soups. They looked so good and I saw some of the chefs preparing lasagna while I was there on a tour and it looked amazing. I did have an Italian sub and cookie and both were delicious. It’s obvious the chefs take pride in their dishes. You can even order online to save time.

For many families with single parents, making healthy meals is a huge challenge. It’s these families especially that Feed & Seed had in mind when they started to offer their ready-made meals that people can purchase and take home and heat up in the oven or microwave. They are nutrient-dense and provide a healthy alternative to fast food. SNAP benefits can be used to pay for these. 

Seasonal Harvest Boxes

Feed & Seed also sells seasonal boxes with 100% local goods, produce, and fruit called a Harvest Box. This is like a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and each season is six weeks long and you pick up the box once a week.

Harvest Box Feed and Seed
Spring Harvest Box at Feed and Seed

The team at Feed & Seed includes recipes in the boxes and you’re able to preview what is in it in the beginning of the week so you can menu plan. I absolutely love this feature plus purchasing these boxes is a fantastic way to support local farmers. 

Local Produce in Greenville, SC.

Check out more places you can find local produce in Greenville!

Volunteer Opportunities

As you may imagine, this operation requires a lot of effort and Feed & Seed needs a lot of volunteers to make their vision a reality. 

Volunteers are needed to assist in packing boxes for their FoodShareSC program to feed families in need. You can see current volunteer opportunities on their website or sign up for their email newsletter to get all the information right to your inbox.

Feed and Seed Volunteering
FoodShare volunteering

Volunteers must be 14 years old to give of their time at Feed & Seed and those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult age 18+. 

Besides the box packing, volunteers are needed on local farms that Feed & Seed works with, to help with tax preparation, and to assist with events. 

Visiting Feed & Seed: Review 

Obviously, Feed & Seed has a lot on their plate (no pun intended) and have chosen to tackle some pretty massive issues in the community. They truly hit the ground running when they opened and have only expanded as they have continued to seek to bring fresh food to everyone. Plus, they’ve got a really great thing going at their cafe and market, which I highly recommend you visit. 

They are open Monday – Friday 8 am – 5:30 pm. They serve breakfast those days from 8-11 am and then lunch is served 11 am – 2 pm. 


Feed & Seed
701 Easley Bridge Road, Suite 6010, Greenville
864.412.4720

Where to Find Upstate Meat Farms and Local Meat for Sale: Greenville, SC

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In need of local meat for sale in Greenville, SC? If you are searching for “meat farms near me” or “local meats near me”, then we have got you! The Greenville area has a number of local farmers that sell their meat products directly to customers. In addition, there are a number of locally run stores that sell local meats. Here’s where you can find locally raised meat near Greenville, SC.

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Simpsonville, SC: The Vaughn’s Food Hall Literally Has Everything You Need for a Fantastic Family Night Out

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Vaughn’s Food Hall  in Simpsonville, SC is a fantastic food hall and entertainment venue that literally has everything you need for a really fun, family night out (or date night!). We checked it out and have all the details on how to make Vaughn’s your family’s new go-to spot. 

Located in downtown Simpsonville, SC, Vaughn’s Food Hall (previously the Warehouse at Vaughn’s) could not be more perfect. Honestly. There are multiple, delicious restaurants, a huge outdoor space with tables, a sand pit, and big area to play ball, nightly entertainment, and an easy, laid-back vibe that is ideal for relaxing with your family. 

I’m going to go old school here and dare you to go and not want to go back the next week, and the week after that, and the week after that. It’s that good. 

Vaughn’s Food Hall is a 2024 KABOOM Awards Winner for the Top 5 Date Night Spots in Greenville, SC.

Warehouse at Vaughn's
Backyard of the Vaughn’s Food Hall

The Video Tour: Vaughn’s

About Vaughn’s Food Hall 

Vaughn’s Food Hall is pretty much like the name suggests except cooler. The food hall is inside a big warehouse and consists of multiple restaurants and bars that have nearly any type of food you’re in the mood for. 

Want pizza? Get some Humble Pie. Want a burger? Get a smash burger from Bourbon St. Burgers. Want fried cheese curds, a Patty Melt, or Loaded Nachos? Then the Grub Box is your spot. In the mood for a cold, craft beer? Try any number of them at the Taphouse. Or maybe you just want dessert? Yogi’s Cups & Cones is where it’s at. 

Goat cheese salad and sour beer

The restaurants at Vaughn’s Food Hall are The TapHouse, Grub Box, Humble Pie Co., Tacos & Bla Bla Bla, Bourbon St. Burgers, Anchor Raw Bar, Yogi’s Cups & Cones, the Peanut Co., and Outlawed Ramen.

After dinner, head over to the Upstate Pinball Museum & Arcade and play all the games you want for just $10/person. No coins are required. You could easily spend a few hours here. 

The Outdoor Space & Entertainment at Vaughn’s 

I love a good place where you can sit outside and where there is space for kids to get their energy out before and after dinner. That’s exactly what you find at Vaughn’s. The backyard has lots of tables with umbrellas that overlook a small stage and big, grassy area. That part literally looks like a backyard. It’s awesome. 

There’s a small sand pit, soccer balls, a plastic baseball bat, and some other soft toys. My girls decided to make up a new game that combined baseball with a big, soft die that they used instead of a baseball. It was awesome and we saw other kids pick it up after we started eating. They are obviously trendsetters. 

Kids playing at Vaughn's
Kids playing at Vaughn’s

Vaughn’s has nightly entertainment like Music Bingo on Tuesdays, Team Trivia on Wednesdays, and our favorite, Kids Eat Free on Thursdays. For a current schedule, check the Vaughn’s Food Hall Facebook page — they usually post specials and a weekly schedule.

Ordering is the Easiest Thing Ever

Vaughn’s was recently acquired by new owners, hence the new name. One of the changes they made was the ordering system. You use your phone to scan the QR codes throughout the Food Hall and on the outdoor tables, which pull up the menus on your phone. You start a tab and then just order everything – beer, wine, appetizers, entrees – right from your phone. You can even share your tab with other people (think responsible teens or for a party) to make payment easier. 

Once you submit your order, you’ll get a text message confirming your order and then you’ll get text messages when the different parts of your order are done. 

Warehouse at Vaughn's
Taphouse, Fried Cheese Curds, Grub Box at Vaughn’s

So, for example, I ordered a salad, fried cheese curds, and nachos from the Grub Box, a beer from the Taphouse, and a kids’ meal from Bourbon St. Burgers all on my phone. Everything came out pretty fast and I only had to make a couple of trips inside to pick up my orders, which were right on the counter at the restaurant.

It’s super easy and way, way better than waiting in line at each place, especially if everyone in your family wants to eat and drink at different restaurants. Waiting in line would take forever. But you don’t have to with this new system! 

The ordering system currently works for all the restaurants within the Food Hall itself (a couple are outside but still part of the Food Hall), which are the TapHouse, Grub Box, Humble Pie Co., Bourbon St. Burgers, Anchor Raw Bar, and Yogi’s Cups & Cones.

There’s a water station right near The Grub Box as well, if you only want water and not any special drinks. 

Kids Eat Free on Thursdays

While I already mentioned this earlier, in case you missed it, Kids Eat Free on Thursdays with a paid adult meal. If everything you’ve already read isn’t reason enough to go to the Warehouse at Vaughn’s, let this be it. 

Mac and cheese and a quesadilla kids meal
Mac and cheese and a quesadilla kids’ meal

Discover more Kids Eat Free options in Greenville, SC.

Visiting Vaughn’s Food Hall

Be sure to check the website and Facebook page for current hours and events at the Fodd Hall. hat’s the best way to stay up-to-date on everything.

They have limited hours on Monday so check their website for details. Weekly standard hours are: 

Tuesday – Thursday from 11 am – 10 pm
Friday and Saturday from 11 am – 11 pm
Sunday from Noon – 8 pm 

Parking is behind the Food Hall, in front of it, and further in the back on the other side of Trade Street. 

Vaughn’s Food Hall
109 W. Trade Street, Simpsonville
Vaughn’s Food Hall Website | Facebook

Check out more places you can eat & play in Greenville, and our huge guide to restaurants in Greenville SC.

Where To Find Fresh Produce: Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for local produce? Greenville, SC and the Upstate have lots of options for the freshest produce around. Whether you are searching for Greenville farmer’s markets, roadside stands, or CSA farms, we’ve got you covered.

Local Produce in Greenville, SC.

It’s that time of year again when our mouths start to water for watermelon and fresh berries and when our dinner table can easily be filled with fresh, local vegetables.  We are very fortunate to live in the Upstate where there are so many options for fresh, local produce near Greenville, SC.  The definition of local isn’t a concrete one.  But most experts say that to be considered local, the item has to be harvested or made within 100 miles. The benefits of eating local produce are many including better flavor, nutrients, and supporting the local farmers

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17 Places to Buy Local Fresh Eggs: Greenville, SC

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Need to buy eggs? Greenville, SC, and the Upstate have several local farms, small grocery stores, and markets that have local eggs for sale. If you’re looking for “farm fresh eggs near me”, or the best farm fresh eggs in Greenville, you’ve come to the right spot. Here are some shops and farms in Greenville, SC, and across the Upstate where you can purchase local eggs.

Looking for more local food? Here’s a list of farms and stores where you can find local produce in Greenville, SC, and local meat in Upstate, SC!

Where Can I Buy Local Eggs: Greenville, SC & The Upstate

Remember that availability may be limited. You may want to call ahead to check availability and arrange to pick up, especially for the smaller farms.

A Thrasher’s Farm

A Thrasher’s Farm in Pelzer raises farm animals, chickens, and goats plus grows vegetables, and offers local eggs for sale. You can order online, or call them to make sure someone is there since their farm store is not yet completed.

727 Garrison Road, Pelzer
864.201.3172

Bellews Market

Bellews Market is a local market that carries the produce of over 40 farms. You’ll find farm-fresh eggs, jam, jellies, produce, baked goods, and more.

230 Garner Road, Spartanburg
864.585.7726

Bethel Trails Farm

Bethel Trails Farm sells eggs, pork, beef, lamb, and poultry. They sometimes offer Farm Days on Saturdays from 9 am to Noon and Tuesday afternoons from 3 pm to 6 pm where customers can purchase their products. They also sell products from local vendors with produce, soaps, dairy items, and more so follow their social media to get current info. Beginning in May, they are usually at the Simpsonville Farmers Market.

2302 Friendship Church Road, Gray Court
864.915.6064

Egg Well Farm

Egg Well Farm sells laying chickens and fertile eggs for hatching, but they also sell farm-fresh eggs from their pastured chickens. They will reopen for the season in early Spring.

713 Ruhamah Road, Liberty
864.304.0086

Grazers: Famoda Farm to Table

Grazers: Famoda Farm to Table sells lots of local goodies in their farm store, including eggs, meat, cheese, and other dairy products. They also have adorable animals to interact with.

7410 Mountain View Road, Taylors
919.607.0523

Famoda Farm in Tigerville, South Carolina

Spend the day at Famoda Farm before or after you pick up those farm fresh eggs!

Greenville State Farmers Market

In addition to vendor space and farmer stalls full on the weekends, the Greenville State Farmers Market is open Monday-Saturday with local produce, specialty items, dairy, and farm fresh eggs.

1354 Rutherford Road, Greenville
864.244.4023

The Happy Berry

In addition to berries, Happy Berry also offers pastured eggs.

510 Gap Hill Road, Six Mile
864.350.9345

Happy Cow

Most people know Happy Cow Creamery as a great place to get milk, cheese, and other dairy products. But they also carry farm fresh eggs, in addition to some produce and local meats!

332 McKelvey Road, Pelzer
864.243.9699

High Valley Farm

High Valley Farm offers farm-fresh eggs as well as spring-raised trout and produce. You can pre-order and pick them up at their farm or find their products at Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery and Farmacy in Easley.

516 Hidden Valley Road, Pickens
864.878.3766

Kaland Farms

Kaland Farms offers eggs, plus turkey, chicken, and produce.

Saluda Dam Road, Easley
864.631.8418

Olde Tyme Country Store

You’ll find eggs for sale, as well as a selection of local meat, dairy products, and an assortment of jams, jellies, and specialty products at Olde Tyme Country Store in Greer.

2339 Locust Hill Road, Greer
864.877.9434

Providence Farm

They raise grass-fed beef and pork but also sell eggs. Providence Farm is located in Anderson.

110 Walker Road, Anderson
864.444.6568

Red Gap Farm

Red Gap Farm has organically raised poultry and eggs, in addition to blueberries and flowers.

864.608.2249
redgapfarm@gmail.com

Revival Butchery

Revival Butchery is mainly a purveyor of local and specialty meat but they do offer farm fresh eggs. They are located in the West Village in Greenville.

1296 Pendleton St, Greenville
912.777.8000

Skyland Farms

Skyland Farms has farm-raised meat, produce, local mushrooms, and eggs.

4124 North Hwy 14, Greer
864.616.0050

Winslett’s Market

Winslett’s Market sells local eggs, produce, milk and you’ll also find local meat. They also carry plants and gardening supplies.

401 Powdersville Road, Easley
864.855.1176

Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery

Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery offers a wide variety of local products including eggs from several local farms. You’ll also find local meats, local dairy, and produce at Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery. You can order online and pick up outside Swamp Rabbit Cafe or enter the grocery store side and shop for yourself.

205 Cedar Lane Road, Greenville
864.255.3385

Swamp Rabbit Cafe right off of the Swamp Rabbit Trail

The Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery is a wonderful place to gather local goods and a delicious meal!

Where do you buy farm fresh eggs in Upstate, SC?

Adventures with Carl the Sourdough Starter: You Can Bake Your Own Bread Without Yeast!

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Planning on baking some of your own bread? If you haven’t been able to find yeast in the store, one option you have is to bake your bread with a sourdough starter. Great Harvest Bread Company’s sourdough starter is named Carl, and they have been giving bits of Carl away free to anyone who wants to try their hand at sourdough bread baking.

Could baking with a sourdough starter be your new Coronavirus quarantine acquired skill? Yes, it could. I picked up a bit of Carl just a few days ago and after a bit of experimenting and chatting with friends more knowledgeable than I, Carl is not only still alive, he’s also made sourdough biscuits and a simple overnight sourdough bread.

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