The Myrtle Beach Area Is Planting The Seeds
of Fun and Education
There is much to be learned from spending time on a farm. From the rice and indigo plantations that populated the Grand Strand more than 300 years ago, to the pumpkin patches we see today, planting a seed in the dirt and seeing it grow has been a time-honored tradition for thousands of generations. Here in the Myrtle Beach area, the chance to learn about agricultural history, as well as pick your own produce, is always in season. Not to mention, most of these attractions are highly affordable or even free to explore.
Thompson Farm and Nursery Located in Conway, the Thompson Farm and Nursery is a celebration of the past with a focus on the future. It is currently operated by a fourth generation on over 200 acres. The crops include tomatoes, bell peppers, strawberries, onions, corn, oats, and potatoes. The greenhouses continue to supply a wide variety of plant material to local homeowners' associations, as well as other nurseries in the area. A number of tours are offered, such as a trip through the berry patch, the spring pizza tour, the pumpkin patch tour and many others. For more information call (843) 236-1400 or visit www.ThompsonFarmAndNursery.com.
Lee's Farmers Market
Since 1997, Lee's Farmers Market has been a favorite for both locals and tourists. Conveniently located in Murrells Inlet, the market offers quality cuts of meat, farm fresh produce, international cheeses and wine, and groceries from everyday to gourmet. Those interested in winemaking can also find fresh California grapes, as well as red and white juices. It's everything you'll need to make that delicious cabernet or chardonnay. For more information, call (843) 651-7398 or visit www.LeesFarmersMarket.com.
Indigo Farms Produce and Garden Center
Nestled in both North Carolina and South Carolina, this family farm grows a variety of fruits and vegetables available at their farm market. Visitors are invited to pick their own strawberries in the spring, and then pick their own blackberries in the summer. During business hours, the barnyard offers an assortment of farm animals that will delight all ages. For more information, call (843) 399-6902 or visit www.IndigoFarmsMarket.com.
As the only African-American historical living farm museum in the United States, Freewood Farm is devoted to recognizing and perpetuating the contributions of African-American farmers. Located in the Burgess community, the farm provides education, documentation and preservation of the activities and practices of these farms. While there, be sure and purchase some of the organic sugar cane syrup that is made from the sugar cane grown right there on the farm. For more information, visit www.FreewoodFarm.com.
L.W. Paul Living History Farm
Experience what life was like on the "one-horse family farm" in Horry County from 1900 to 1955. Guests on this working farm found in Conway will be able to observe and participate in activities like plowing with mules, making lye soap, grinding grits and many others. For more information, go to www.HorryCountyMuseum.org.