Willard Farms Welcomes Spring to Sumter

Posted By Kim PeasleyParker @ Mar 6th 2011 4:15pm In: Activities In and Around Sumter


Last fall, we visited Willard Farms for their pumpkin patch and enjoyed a hay ride and family time walking through the pumpkin patch and learning more about the farm.

Willard Farms MarketWillard Farms is a family run farm that has expanded beyond traditional row crops and is reaching out to consumers in the area to help develop agricultural knowledge in the community.  They are kicking off the spring season with a remodel of the market store.  They have had a new tile floor installed and are moving the candy kettle out of the kitchen and into the store for all to see.  Jamie and Mrs. Willard cook up over 400 different types of fudge!  Along with the traditional flavors, they have a specialties like Southern Praline, just a glimpse of that made my mouth water.  And seasonal fudges such as pumpkin in the fall and strawberry in the spring all home made in the market!  Included in the market is huge selection of hand made preserves, jams, jellies, and hand poured kitchen products perfect for stocking your pantry or putting together a gift basket.  

Willard Farms Market MenuThe market also has a restaurant with a tasty menu.  The menu includes an award winning hamburger that  has won a local competition.  Other fare aside from the burgers includes home cut fries, hot dogs and homemade chicken salad.  A wide variety of condiments and toppings is available including homemade chili!  Hand made shakes, sundaes and floats are also available.  

Willard Farms keeps expanding their offerings in the Agri-Plex which is a super sized playground.  The area is a wonderful place for kids to run off those ice cream cones from the market.  The Agri-Plex includes what my husband and I dubbed the dirt pile.  It is a huge pile of dirt that rises up to greet you when coming down the road to the farm.  But the best part is the slides that are buried in the dirt!  While Maddie hasn’t been down them yet, the kids we saw going through them were full of excitement.  Also in the Agri-Plex is the cow train, swings, and many climbing activities and smaller slides.  But be warned, if you plan to leave with clean kids, skip the Agri-Plex!

Willard Farms Praline FudgeA very interesting part of what Willard Farms offers is the Community Supported Agriculture or CSA.  CSA provides a weekly supply of fruits and vegetables to members.  The produce is delivered weekly to a location in town and members can pick up their share.  The program starts in April and will run for 12 weeks.  Shares can be purchased in sizes from 1 to 6 portions.  Current plans for 2011 include 30 to 35 different vegetables.  This is the third season for the program and shares are limited so be sure to contact Willard Farms if you are interested.  The program provides a great way for people to learn about new vegetables as well as experience fresh produce without having their own garden.

April will bring in the spring strawberry season.  The market takes full advantage of their crop and serves up homemade strawberry ice cream and fudge.  Looking for a specific vegetable or fruit, check their website for a list of what is available when.  

Willard Farms is a great activity for any size group.  They offer group excursions for schools, day cares, churches and Birthday parties.  They have a new Tour de Farm for groups and there is the option of tours with lunch or without lunch.  And if you have been to the farm before, this is a good year is bringing in new activities including a Honey Bee Exhibit, covered Agri-Plex Pavilion, Tour de ‘Bine and hand wash stations and facilities.  

Willards Farms contact information is:
Phone  803-938-3188
1120 S. Brick Church Road
Gable, South Carolina



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