October 28, 2009 - Agritourism

"Agritourism"

Originally aired on RFD-TV network on October 28, 2009

In this episode, Farm Bureau's Voices of Agriculture host Reggie Hall comes to us from the Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach where tourism is abound and plentiful.  In this episode, we find out the role "Agritourism" plays on the impact of our farmers, as well as our economy.  See how this growing niche industry contributes nearly $20 million a year to the state and how you can participate!

"Real food done real good" is the motto of our Belton, SC Carolina Cooking restaurant; Grits and Groceries.  Located on Taylor's Crossroads, you will meet Joe and Heidi Trull and see how they take fresh produce, milk and meat from their neighbors and serve it up 5-star style!  Heidi also shows us how to make made-from-scratch muscadine ice cream, actually perfect for an early autumn dessert.

Sterling Sadler, an avid Farm Bureau member and volunteer, is this episode's Farmer Outstanding in the Field.  See Sterling show her beautiful quarter horses as she talks about the importance of Farm Bureau's mission to agriculture.

Our Palmetto Portrait is a collage of all the pumpkin patches, corn mazes and gift shops that were visited while filming this episode...it will get you excited about the fall!

For more information, click on the links below.

Nivens Apple Farm
Don Nivens
130 Orchard Drive  Moore, SC
(864) 574-8889
www.nivensapplefarm.com

Callaham Orchards
Andy Callaham
559 Crawford Road  Belton, SC
(864) 338-0810
www.carolinapeaches.com

Thompson Farm and Nursery
Scott Thompson
1625 Bucksville Drive  Conway, SC
(843) 385-0426
www.thompsonfarmandnursery.com

Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens
1235 Long Point Road  Mt. Pleasant, SC
(843) 884-4371
www.boonehallplantation.com

Sease Farm
Clinton Sease
2514 Augusta Hwy. Lexington, SC
(803) 996-0700
www.clintonseasefarm.com

Legare Farm
Helen Legare Floyd
2620 Hanscombe Point Road  Charleston, SC
(843) 559-0788
www.legarefarms.moonfruit.com

Coastal Carolina University
Professor Taylor Damonte, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 261054  Conway, SC 29528
(843) 349-2698
www.coastal.edu

Tourism Development International
Peter MacNulty
14 Clarinda Park North  Dun Laoghaire Co.
Dublin, Ireland
353-1-230-1665
www.tourismdev.com

Grits and Groceries
Joe and Heidi Trull
2440 Due West Hwy.  Belton, SC
(864) 296-3316
www.gritsandgroceries.com