Around Charleston: Boone Hall Farms Market (and cafe)

One of my favorite places for fresh, local produce and other groceries is the Boone Hall Farms Market in Mount Pleasant. Most non-locals might recognize the name Boone Hall as one of the famous Charleston area plantations (for you pop culture peeps, it's where Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got married). But Boone Hall has so much more than the plantation, like the biggest oyster roast in the world and other events throughout the year, and of course, the market. 

Boone Hall Market During the Strawberry Festival

Boone Hall Market During the Strawberry Festival

I love this little market! Not only does it have local, seasonal produce, it also stocks local coffee and tea purveyors, Charleston Coffee Roasters and Oliver Pluff & Co. along with fresh meat and fish. There's an excellent assortment of wine and a beer fridge, again with lots of local and regional options. Other goods include: raw milk (and regular milk), cheeses, baked goods made on-site, prepared meals like squash casserole and tomato pie, and an entire isle of Boone Hall jams, jellies, and preserves in all kinds of glorious flavors. We really can do the majority of our weekly grocery shopping at this little store and Little B just loves going to the "market."

boone hall farm market
farm market
produce section
wine and jellies

In addition to getting our shopping done, we also like the Market Cafe. We stop here a lot on Sunday afternoons during the summer after we've been at the pool in the mornings. It's fast, kid-friendly, and inexpensive. I love the fried flounder (it's one of the rare times I'll eat fried food) and the shrimp salad sandwich, which is made with whole shrimp and dijon mustard. If you're up for dessert, try the lemon or almond cakes. 

Not your Typical shrimp salad

Not your Typical shrimp salad

Enjoying lunch at the Market Cafe, including a special menu item: Salmon with strawberry Puree as part of the Special Strawberry Festival Menu

Enjoying lunch at the Market Cafe, including a special menu item: Salmon with strawberry Puree as part of the Special Strawberry Festival Menu

If you're touring Boone Hall or just in the area and need a quick bite with lots of casual Southern charm or you want to stock up on local goods, stop by this place. It definitely doesn't disappoint. 

Boone Hall Market Cafe at-a-glance

  • Cuisine: Southern
  • Dress code: Casual (we go there in post-pool wear)
  • Kid friendly: Yes
  • Parking situation: Parking lot on sight
  • Price: Less than $15

Where to find it:

2521 HWY 17 North, 
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466


This post is part of my Around Charleston series. There are so many fun things to do and see here, and that makes for some good blog posts. Stay on the lookout for more!


Weekly recap (5/16-5/22): Seashells and rainbows

Did you see it? Another week just flew right by. Where do all the hours and minutes go? And how is it almost Memorial Day? 

Part of the reason I blinked and this week was over was because I had quite a long list of freelance/work related stuffs to get done. Because of that, I wasn't quite as ambitious with my creativity this week as last week. I didn't get any personal or fun projects completed this week other than a very quick sketch of a bracelet design idea. Gosh, I miss making jewelry. Someday (hopefully sooner rather than later) I will return to it. I did manage to clean off a bunch of shells from beachcombing that I plan to use in jewelry. We'll just call that creative prep work. 

She Sells seashells (or at least she will someday)

She Sells seashells (or at least she will someday)

As for running, barre, yoga et al...most of this week was fairly uneventful. I hit 50% of my goals for the week, but the two I hit were the most important ones to me, so if I had weighted those goals (product management nerdery alert!), the numbers would have been a little better. 

Speaking of goals, I've been going to barre classes regularly (2-4 times per week) for a little over a month now and I'm starting to see a difference. I'm stronger and my clothes fit differently. I don't think I've lost weight (but then I rarely step on a scale) nor was I trying to, but I do know I feel better and I'm looking better in a bathing suit. Mission six pack recovery underway.

But really, I'm going to barre to be a better runner and keep injury at bay. It might be working. At any rate, I feel a ton better than when I'm just doing running alone. This is probably the most consistent I've been with cross-training in a while and I hope to keep it that way. 

Workout recap

Last week's goal hits and misses

Goal 1 4 runs Hit
Goal 2 2 Speedwork sessions Miss
Goal 3 1 yoga class Miss
Goal 4 At least 2 barre classes Hit

Last week's workouts

  • Monday: Family bike ride - 3.54 miles
  • Tuesday:  Barre class
  • Wednesday: Easy run - 3 miles (no watch)
  • Thursday:
    • Workout 1: Speedwork - 5.97 miles (8:06 pace)
    • Workout 2: Barre class
  • Friday: REST
  • Saturday: Family ride/run - 3.5 miles (no watch)
  • Sunday: Easy long run - 8.13 miles (9:06 pace)

Total miles:  20.60 miles
Total runs: 4
Total yoga/barre/strength: 2

Monday we headed out for an easy family bike ride around our neighborhood. That was a nice little change from my other workouts and it's always fun to be active as a family. Little B loves riding in his trailer and asks to go for a ride almost every day now. 

Mostly I took this picture because I like my new sunglasses

Mostly I took this picture because I like my new sunglasses

My running schedule got thrown off a bit because the weather was questionable on Wednesday when I was planning on heading out for speedwork, and by the time it cleared, I could only get a short run in. Because of that, I nixed my second speedwork session for the week and just did one on Thursday. 

That session was a reverse ladder - 1 mile warm up, 1600 with 1200 recovery, 1200 with 800 recovery, 400 and cooldown. My speed splits were decent and right around my targets, even though it was hot and humid outside: 1600 - 7:41, 1200 - 7:26, 800 - 7:12, 400 - 6:52. 

Saturday I ran a watchless, easy run while my husband rode beside me on his bike with the kiddie trailer (and the kid!) in tow. Lots of wildlife out on that run - we had a gator sighting at the pond behind our house (yikes!) and a snake elsewhere in the neighborhood. 

Hey, Gator

Hey, Gator

By Sunday, my legs were spent. They weren't sore, but they were just very fatigued, as were my hip flexors. I can tell I've been pushing myself more lately with extra workouts. So my only goal for my 8-miler? Run easy, stay steady. Goal accomplished. But I bet I'd have felt a whole lot better on this run if my butt had gotten to a yoga class this week. I am all sorts of messed up from missing yoga. 

But I got my four runs in for the week. Number one priority goal on my list crossed off!

One of my GorGeous Running paths

One of my GorGeous Running paths

On a note that's only related to this post because it's a weekly recap and it happened this week - we celebrated the rescueversary of one of our three beagles.

Miss Autumn has been hanging around for 3 years now as an official family member and we love her so much! She's such a crazy, goofy, sweet girl and the perfect addition to our family. She's actually been living with us for closer to 4 years since we fostered her for a good while before we adopted her, but this week was her official adoption week.

Autumn celebrated by eating a box of B's crayons* and decorating our yard with rainbow poop, thus demonstrating how she earned her nickname of "Naughty Auty." Thanks, Autumn! Stay silly, my girl. 

Crayon eater, Rainbow Pooper

Crayon eater, Rainbow Pooper

With that, I'll leave you next week's goals:

Goal (Priority 1) 4 runs
Goal (Priority 1) At least 2 barre classes
Goal (Priority 2) 1 yoga class
Goal (Priority 3) Run 24 miles

Have a great week, everyone, and happy goal chasing!

*The crayons were non-toxic and she's fine. 

PS - I'm linking up again with HoHoRuns and MissSippi Piddlin'  for their Weekly Wrap post. You can check out all of this week's posts here

Around Charleston: Toffino's

As much as I like living a healthy lifestyle and eating fruits and veggies, I just can't help myself around pizza. It's one of my favorite foods and my go-to for pre-half marathon carb loading, as well as post-long run or race refills. My husband and son share my affinity. My son is such a pizza fiend that he asks for pizza for almost every meal and he thinks every time I use the oven that I'm baking a pizza (which may or may not be true - I don't use the oven that much). 


But we've had issues finding really good pizza here - either the crust isn't that right mix of doughy and crispy or there's not enough sauce (seriously, what is with the sauce skimping?) or it just tastes like cardboard. Our usual standby is Mellow Mushroom, and it's delicious, but it's not what I would call good, old-fashion pizza shop pizza. So we're now on a mission to find the perfect pizza. Someone suggested Toffino's so this past weekend, we gave it a shot. 


We went to the Mount Pleasant location (there's also one up in Myrtle Beach), which is tucked in a tiny shopping center out Route 41 and fairly out of the way for most Mount Pleasant residents. But it is worth the drive (they also deliver). The inside is small and nondescript, but we weren't there for the atmosphere. We were there for the pizza.


We ordered a plain cheese pizza. No frills. I think that's usually the best way to judge if the pizza is good and it's always what I try first when trying a new place. When it's not hiding under layers of toppings, you get the purest pizza. Once I decide I like the pizza, I'll add toppings. 

And this pizza was delicious. There was plenty of gooey cheese, lots of sauce (yes!), and just the right amount of seasonings, including a little spicy kick of red pepper. The crust was thin, but not flimsy and doughy but not mushy. Perfect. Probably one of the best pizzas we've had in Mount Pleasant. Approved by the entire family. 


We also tried the Caprese salad. I'm a sucker for caprese salads and this one was definitely tasty. Although next time, I'll probably skip it and save the extra room for the pizza.

I think this one will make it into regular rotation for us and I know who's number I'll be dialing after my next Sunday long run!

This post is part of my Around Charleston series. There are so many fun things to do and see here, and that makes for some good blog posts. Stay on the lookout for more!