Out in the Country

 Step back in time, enjoy a hot mug of tea and a pumpkin scone fresh out of the oven. The South Store Cafe is housed in a 1900’s clapboard country store that retains all the simple rustic charm of the era. No loose leaf tea options but they carry over 9 of the Numi bagged teas. Not a bad brand. The cafe serves breakfast and lunch items like house made granola, farm fresh soups and rustic bread sandwiches.  Besides the warm smiles and cozy seating areas, the real star here is the baked goods. Scones, tarts, cookies and pies. No GF items yet, except bread, but if you’re going to indulge – this is a good place to do it. Lee creates wonderful ways to use local and seasonal fruits and ingredients in all her menu items.  Good prices, too. Get there early as things tend to fly out the door.

 Speaking of out the door – right across the street is the Smith Berry Barn. Known for their fabulous summer berry festival, it’s a great place to check out in the fall, too. They had over 12 varieties of apples when I was there as well as squashes and nuts. Step inside the barn and you’ll find a very nice gift store and a take out counter for espresso, steamers and shakes. Again no loose leaf tea choices but they offer a nice assortment of Harney & Sons at the help yourself cabinet. Try the Pomegranate Oolong. Shortbread cookies and biscotti, assorted candy and seasonal treats are available as well. Seating is outdoor only. Service is country charm friendly. Note: Both places are closed on Mondays.

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