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.
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."
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.
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!