Two good reasons to visit the farmers market this weekend, plus all about Landrum eats πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“

Hello, Spartanburg foodies!

Here’s a breakdown of this week in food news:

β–Ί A new Bojangles opened yesterday at 2290 Chesnee Highway. The restaurant was franchisee Jeff Rigsby’s 100th location, and its grand opening was celebrated with 100 $100 gift cards and free sweet tea all day.

Rigsby in the Upstate: Rigsby’s Smoked Burgers, Wings & Grill opens in Spartanburg; owner plans Upstate expansion

Spring Seasonal Salad at Southside Smokehouse and Grill in Landrum.

β–Ί On Monday, the first of our new summer food series went live. In my first “Dining Destinations” story, I explored the nearby (for Spartanburg residents, anyway) city of Landrum and have a list of 5 restaurants you need to check out, plus a little info on things to do while you’re there.

The South’s Best Small Town: Dining destinations: 5 restaurants to check out in Landrum

I’m working with Greenville News food reporter Lillia Callum-Penso on this series β€” her first story with 5 restaurants recs for the Saluda/Flat Rock area dropped this week as well.

More: Dining destination: Where to dine in Flat Rock and Saluda

Urban Farm Manager Ben Lea talks about the new cookbook Hub City Harvest: Connecting Local Farms to Kitchen Tables cookbook created by Hub City Farmers Market Spring 2022.

β–ΊHub City Farmers Market launched their new cookbook “Hub City Harvest: Connecting Local Farms to Kitchen Tables” Thursday evening. The book features recipes by local farmers, showcasing the variety of produce grown in Spartanburg County. The cookbook is meant to encourage eating seasonally, according to Hub City Farmers Market Associate Director Heather Raines. So pick up a copy at the farmers market this weekend and consider it your excuse to make a strawberry pie. πŸ˜‰

More: Hub City Farmers Market wants you to feel more confident at the market, in your kitchen

Strawberry season has begun at Strawberry Hill USA in Chesnee. The Cooley family, along with farm and cafe workers, are busy providing fresh strawberries to their customers, Monday, May 9, 2022.

β–ΊSpeaking of strawberries, I had the absolute pleasure of touring Strawberry Hill USA on Monday. There’s enough going on at the Chesnee farm to make it worthy of a day trip of its own. My story, which went online yesterday, highlights some of the sweet strawberry treats you can get at their farm shed and cafe, and lists some other upstate options for fresh strawberries. πŸ“

πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“: Where to get fresh strawberries in Spartanburg, Greenville and Anderson during peak season

β–ΊFinally, this morning I dropped two stories that should give you enough brunch ideas for the next 10 weekends. You can read about Fr8yard’s non-traditional, music-filled Sunday brunch (which will be a Saturday and Sunday brunch starting next weekend) in one story and see the results of the Battle of the Brunches poll, plus a list of every city brunch I could find in the other. πŸ₯žπŸ₯“πŸ³

More: FR8yard shaking up downtown Spartanburg’s brunch scene with unique twists on classics

The Tulip Tree Restaurant & Bar serves brunch five days a week, Wednesday-Sunday.

More: Battle of the Spartanburg brunches: Readers weigh in on their favorite brunch spots

Until next week,

Eat well, friends!

Samantha Swann, food and restaurants reporter

Until next week, here’s where you can keep up with Spartanburg’s food scene:

My Instagram: @sameatsspartanburg

Facebook: Spartanburg Eats

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