We just wrapped up visiting part of the midlands of South Carolina with Kershaw, York,and Richland Counties.
In Kershaw County, we were able to visit Goat Daddy’s Farm located in a remote part of Kershaw on 25 acres of land. This family owned business was participating in the AG + ART festival that was going on Kershaw this past weekend. The AG + ART festival takes place throughout the month of June throughout 10 different South Carolina Counties (Chester, Chesterfield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Newberry, Union, Richland, Spartanburg, and York).
This is a self guided tour of locals farms and farmers markets. At Goat Daddy’s Farm we were able to walk through the woods and see goats, mini horses, chickens, peacocks, and pigs. Since this is was a family owned business with the family living on the farm with the animals, we were at their house which made it feel like an intimate and unique experience. Many animals such as the peacocks roamed freely. Avery especially loved feeding the emus and Hunter enjoyed pointing at all the wildlife. We picked up some goat cheese as we left and it did not disappoint! The girls also left a blessing bracelet at the entrance for someone to find. Another popular activity that happens in Kershaw is the Carolina Cup that takes place in the town of Camden. This is a horse race and social event at the end of March/beginning of April. Bryan and I have previously enjoyed attending with friends but have yet to take the kids.
Next stop was York County where we have family, so we stayed a couple nights to visit and checked out the area. We first visited a park in Fort Mill and played with our cousins. Then, we had ice cream at Springs Farm Peach Stand and picked up some local peaches grown in York county and grits because we love making shrimp and grits. After enjoying our ice cream and leaving a blessing bracelet, we headed to Anne Springs Close Greenway, a nature preserve in York County. We toured the small nature center and then walked down to the pond. On the way back the girls took a path with their cousins and saw a deer and snake which was Leslie’s highlight and has inspired her to want to walk on more nature trails. On the way home, we stopped at Puckerbutt Pepper Company, home of the World’s Hottest Peppers, the Carolina Reaper. Bryan did a quick taste testing some of their hot sauces, and we brought home some Carolina Reaper salsa. It was so nice to spend this time touring York with our family. Another interesting stop in York that we want check out on our next visit, is the Tatanka Bison Range, a 215 acre working ranch, that uses holistic management tools to produce 100% grass fed and grass-finished Bison.
And finally, we wrapped up with Richland County. The capital of South Carolina, Columbia, is located in Richland, so we drove through the capital city and by the State House. We also checked out my office, which happens to be the tallest building in South Carolina. Then, Bryan and the girls headed off to the Riverbanks Zoo while I did some work in Columbia. On Tuesdays throughout the summer, the zoo is having a BOGO special on tickets if you donate canned foods. So, we were able to get one free ticket! All the girls loved seeing the animals and they even ran into their friend Riley, who was visiting the zoo with her summer camp. A blessing bracelet was left in the Columbia at the feet of a colorful rooster. Whenever we come back to Richland County, we want to take the girls to Congaree National Park, the only National Park in South Carolina.
Four counties down, 42 to to go!! We continue to welcome suggestions you may have of places to go or places to eat throughout South Carolina.