Monday, April 16, 2012

Where Does One Grocery Shop When Staying on Kiawah or Seabrook?

When staying on Kiawah or Seabrook for the week, one needs to consider stocking the fridge with the necessities. Yes there will be dining out options, but there are those days when eating a quick self prepared meal is the better option when coming back from the beach or golf course. When I am down here in the low country on vacation, I usually pick two spots to buy my weekly provisions. The first is Newton Farms. This market is located in the Freshfield’s Village between Kiawah and Seabrook. It is the largest retailer of the village so it is pretty easy to find. A visit to Newton Farms will take you to some really good quality produce, meats, and tasty bakery items. The large salad bar is the excellent way to go if you want to stop in for a healthy meal on the run; or even eat out on the Newton Farms patio. I love this store because it is a convenient five minute drive from our villa or about a fifteen minute bike ride along the Kiawah Parkway bike path. I would recommend against the bike ride to the store if you are staying on the island during the hot summer or plan on purchasing perishables or ice cream.

The other location I prefer to shop for food is Publix in the West Ashley. This Publix is a fairly new store (under five years old) that is about twenty minutes off the island. The store is located by taking Bohicket or (Main road) straight back towards Charleston. The store is located one block past the stop light of where Bohicket and Savannah Highway intersect and on the left side. The prices at Publix are significantly lower than Newton Farms which really justifies the extra time spent driving. The store is large and has a pretty friendly staff. The store even offers up its own Publix brand of items whether shopping for bread, cookies, cheese……whatever. The Publix brand cheesecake is to die for. I typically purchase the majority of my week long needed items at this store, and the remaining 10% from Newton Farms. When driving out to Publix during the summer, I would highly recommend bringing along a large cooler for the trunk to keep items cold for the trip back.

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