Spotlight on the Market Common Farmers Market, Part I

Market Common Farmers Market
Deville Street, Saturdays 10am-3pm.

Deville Street in the Market Common, Saturdays 10am-3pm

Millgrove Farms— Stewards of the Land

Who: Ben and Carol Williams, married 35 years.

The what: A 50 acre sustainable farm— the trailblazers in change and sustainability— in Georgetown County on the Black River which grows specialty and heirloom varietals. Providing clean, affordable, and healthy food for Georgetown County.

Why do you farm sustainability?

My husband has an amazing passion for the land and the animals. The entire farm is a living breathing organism right down to the dirt. He wants to protect what God has given us, maintain it as a sanctuary for wildlife, and live in peace and balance with the land.

What does it mean to be sustainable?

We don’t spray or alter anything. We allow the land to produce at its own pace, where it works symbiotically and everything takes care of itself. 

What is farmer Ben’s background?

Ben has been a Southern farmer his whole life beginning with his grandfather in the old days of tobacco.

What is your vision? 

For everyone to eat sustainably and learn how to grow their own food, so as not to be so dependent on grocery stores.

Sweet Cheeks Baked Goods – Get your hands full of sweet buns

How did you get started baking?

I’ve been baking since I was 12. It was probably my mom’s way of keeping my sisters and I out of trouble in winter since we lived in the mountains of Virginia where there was a lot of snow.

And the name…?

My son and daughter-in-law came up with it— they felt it really fit me.

Where do you get your recipes from?

They are my mothers, and also I may see a recipe I really like, write it down, and put it away to try later. I recently found my mothers 1940 cookbook, and I’m trying some things from that now.

What’s for sale at your stall?

Everything I do is made from scratch. Cinnamon buns are my specialty; and my newest offering is lemon biscotti.

What’s one thing you love about what you do?

It makes me happy to think people are getting something they normally would not get. I want people to enjoy their food.

For more on the Market Common Farmers Market, check out our feature on it by clicking here!

To learn more about some of the vendors, visit Waccamaw Market’s website!

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