Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Rosebank Farms - Johns Island

Just before you get to Kiawah and Seabrook Islands on Betsy Kerrison Parkway you will see a large farmstand and farm otherwise known as Rosebank Farms. I have been coming to Kiawah for the past nine years and have never missed an opportunity to pull over to this farm and get some really good produce that will not be found anywhere else.
The farm is a treasure as plenty of fresh vegetables are offered from mid March through early January. Not only can you find exceptional veggies, but also locally caught seafood such as grouper, flounder, and shrimp. The farm stand also sells a large variety of soups, pastries, jams, jellies, and relishes. The farm is a good place to buy your produce if you are a resident in the Charleston area as there is a membership offered by Rosebank that allows you weekly delivery of goods you will not find anywhere else. The fruit and vegetables are picked at the peak of ripeness so you are getting the best of the best. When I make my annual trip to Rosebank, I will occasionally spend close to an hour perusing their fine fruits, vegetables, and sauces and usually walk away with a cooler full of goods to prepare during my short stay in the low country.
The farm also offers a nice little distraction for those that are not into food shopping. Take time out to walk over and visit the farm animals. The grounds include a cow, pigs, goats, mule, fish, and a macaw. My kids always like checking out the critters. Once you say hello to the animals walk down further and you will find a one room school house that contains many artifacts from the 1860’s. The museum also contains remnants of revolutionary war and civil war.
Rosebank farms is a fun way to kill an hour or two when staying at Kiawah. You will be able to shop for a meal or two, stretch the legs walking the rose gardens, visit the animals, and learn a little Carolina and American history. Rosebank farms is located at 4455 Betsy Kerrison Parkway on Johns Island.

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