Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Farm That Wasn't and The Crab Shack

The adventure began because I was looking for a new farm to check out.  The kind with great fresh produce.  Maybe some animals....if they are behind a fence.  A friendly farmer sharing some recipes and knowledge....  maybe about growing seasons or fresh cheeses or something.  I really don't think that is too much to ask.  However, websites are NOT always reality.  

When I suggested to the mister that I had a farm I wanted to visit, he rolled his eyes, the kids suddenly had plans and he agreed...reluctantly but smiling.  I guess he knew how this adventure would end since it wasn't the first time I had googled  a farm with a great website only to arrive and think...really?? 

Anyway, needless to say, we drove down another beautiful southern back road, enjoyed the Spanish moss covered trees, located the farm and were sadly disappointed, again.  The market was a closed up, road side shack.  The farm house looked like a stiff wind would blow it over.  And, the only animals in sight were road kill.  I promised at that more "searching for new farms".

But, if you live in the Charleston area and you know of some great local farms at which to buy produce, fresh eggs, homemade cheeses, jams........please, send me names and addresses!   For now, I guess I will stick to the local farmer's markets.  

That, friends, is how we ended up at this place.....

We were in the car.  Alone.  No kids.  A beautiful Sunday afternoon.  The beach was a quick 10 minutes away.  Folly we come.  And, by the time we got there, it was late enough for an early dinner.

We love Folly Beach.   It really is just an old beach town.  The kind where residents travel in golf carts and people are always smiling and the roads are made of sand.  Who wouldn't be smiling??

Anyway, the Crab Shack in on the main drag as you enter Folly Beach.  And, the building is so bright, you can't miss it!  It's vivid on the outside and cool and relaxed on the inside.

  The live music caught our attention as we walked by and the menu sounded good.  I am always up for trying someone's version of Mahi Mahi fish tacos.  They were actually more like a burrito and topped with some mozarella....yum!  And, the fire and ice salsa was delicious-banana peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and cheese made for a great combination!

The mister settled in with a crab cake sandwich and a bowl of she crab soup and we enjoyed an hour of beach music in a beach town living like a local.  Sweet!

The cool part for us is that, although we aren't local on Folly Beach, we are local now in South Carolina.  Many times each week, we feel like pinching ourselves at our good fortune.  The reality is:  We are transplants and we love it here !  We made a decision and a move and we are finally feeling settled and relaxed and informed and "at home".  

Yeah.  The farm exploring was a bust but the ocean was as beautiful as ever.  And, we didn't have to plan and save for a year to enjoy it for an afternoon!  

Check out the Crab Shack on Folly Beach, in Coosaw Creek or in West Ashley.  Try the fish tacos.  Enjoy the ocean.  Make some exciting plans for October....fall is quickly arriving in the lowcountry!  And, again, if you have any great farm suggestions for me, leave me addresses in the comments!!

26 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29412
Folly Beach Crab Shack on Urbanspoon

1 comment:

  1. Sorry your farm search was such a bust but looks like you had a really nice time in Folly Beach. And it is always fun to hear someone else proclaim such delight in getting to live here! I love, love, love it here and never want to live anywhere else. Love your adventures!


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