On an overcast, cloudy day we were off again on yet another farm outing, exploring what’s fresh right outside our back door in South Carolina. This time we were headed to Hartsville to tour Hill Creek Farms – Hartsville, where John Rogers raises 100% grass-fed Angus Beef, a herd that consists of about 400 head on numerous pastures located near his home.
cow pastures. It reminded me of another time driving my VW Bug in cow pastures, but that was many years ago when I was a teenager, and I like to think I’ve matured some since then … well maybe not … but we did not do donuts in the pasture, so I guess I have matured some after all.
– Extra Omega-3s
– Higher in Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Beta-Carotene
– Rich source of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which may strengthen immune function
Others had the “Hot Mamma” which is roast beef, white cheddar, pepperoncini tapenade and sun-dried tomato mayo toasted on foccacia bread which comes as either a half or whole with a side of chips and pickles.
While there we met owner, Suzanne Galloway, and had a lovely talk with her about the restaurant and service we received, which was outstanding.
Our third and final stop for the day was Gardener’s General Store, which is everything you think an old-time general store is.
Here you can buy local milk and cheeses, along with pet food, farm supplies, heirloom seeds, pure local honey, old-fashioned soaps, candy and more! This is where some of the group stocked up on raw milk and cheeses from Middle Sparrow Ranch, some bought local honey and still others got some protein bars and other goodies.
Thankfully the rain had let up, but our “naviguessor,” the name we give to anyone reading the map, got us goofed up again, so after missing our turn, going the wrong way, and turning around, we were finally on the right road, heading home laughing the whole way at our directional mistake.
Once home, some of us, myself included, had to off-load all the beef we bought … luckily I had cleared off two shelves in my large freezer because it took up every bit of that space and then some! Lots and lots of grass-fed beef, but that’s a good thing and we will be enjoying it for months to come!
I am thankful we have an abundance of local farms doing it “right” for you and me right here in South Carolina. It’s tireless hard work, but without our support, they wouldn’t be able to continue to do what is their passion, producing a great product for you and me. Does it cost more? Maybe. Is it worth it. Yes! The way to really save money on grass-fed beef is to buy it in larger amounts, such as a side or 1/4 side of beef. While that does mean more initial outlay, and the prices do vary, it includes all cuts of beef from tenderloins to ground beef and everything in-between for a fraction of the cost if you were to buy an individual steak or roast. Don’t have the freezer space yourself for that much beef? Consider what we did and going in on it together with other friends or family members, dividing it up between all participants. The BEST thing you can do for yourself and your family is just EAT REAL FOOD! Buy it from your local farm, get to know your farmer, and support your local Farmer’s market. I think you’ll be happy you did.