Farm stands near Myrtle Beach
Heading to Surfside Beach SC from DC on Aug. 12 for a week. There's a Piggly Wiggly right outside the entrance to our resort but I'm looking for farmstands along the route once we get of I-95. Looks like we'll take the exit for state route 38 to US-501 into Myrtle, then take SR 544 into Surfside.
Any recommendations for farm stands on the way? Looking for basic fruits/veggies and we're traveling with a 2 1/2 year old.
No worries. There are probably a dozen or more produce stands on US 501 between Marion and Myrtle Beach. There are also several stands in the Surfside/Garden City area on US 17--they're easy to find.
I might quibble a bit with your route, though. Are you coming on Saturday? If so, US 501 can become a virtual parking lot starting around Aynor all the way into Myrtle, especially during the afternoon from around noon to 4 or 5 o'clock. As an alternative, you can take I-74/US 74 eastbound from Lumberton, NC. Follow to NC 410 just outside Chadbourn, NC. Take 410 to Tabor City, then US 701 into SC. Then you have a choice...you can either take SC 9 to SC 31 to SC 544, or you can take US 701 all the way to Conway, SC where you'll get on US 501. You'll only be on 501 for a short distance before turning onto SC 544, so even if traffic is bad you won't have to deal with it for very long.
Either of the above routes would be a bit shorter than taking I-95 all the way to SC 38, even on a good traffic day. But on Saturday it's a no-brainer--you definitely want to avoid US 501 as much as possible. Good luck!
Once you get to Surfside you might want to check out Lee's Farmers Market in Murrells Inlet. They have fresh local vegetables and lots of other interesting foods. It's not far from Surfside. Just a few minutes south on Hwy 17 Bypass...on the left as you travel south...on the northbound side of the highway. They close at 5pm.