We couldn't have asked for nicer weather for the trip. Every day was sunny and the temperature was between 75-80. At the beach, the ocean breeze kept things so cool and comfortable, no one wanted to leave. Sadly, though, sunblock starting wearing off and the sun got stronger as it climbed higher in the sky, so we bid a fond farewell to the sea with the promise that we'd soon return and headed off for other adventures.
My in-laws took our boys to Angel Oak, nearby on John's Island. Angel Oak is a live oak tree and sprouted nearly 1,000 years before Columbus ever set foot on the soil of the New World. While it is indeed lovely and impressive, we've seen it several times so instead opted to head off in search of lunch and to pick up a few things we needed from the closest Target, most notably the book "New Dawn" for me.
On John's Island, close to Seabrook, at the site of the old tomato packing plant, stands Stono Market which features fresh, local, fruits and vegetables along with regional gifts. More importantly, it also houses the Tomato Shed Cafe, which serves inexpensive lunches featuring fresh, local ingredients served in home cooked style. I had a delicious tomato sandwich with bacon, lettuce, and onion added to it with a side salad of fresh greens and pickled beets. Jared opted for the pulled pork sandwich and for dessert we enjoyed a slice of fresh cinnamon bread topped with vanilla ice cream and fresh sugared strawberries. The strawberries were so delicious we bought a quart from the market to take back to the beach house with us.
Content, with stomaches full, and errands completed, we headed back to the beach house where we enjoyed a relaxing afternoon and a dinner of grilled burgers and hot dogs, accompanied by fresh tomatoes and corn we'd picked up at a small farmer's market while we were out. Few foods are better than simple meals made from locally grown produce and the company of our family added extra flavor and joy to the meal.