Faces read a magazine!” At the produce stand, Phyllis seems to be in constant motion, arranging the tomatoes, restocking vegetables, checking for ripeness and quality. “I call it piddlin’,” she said. “We like to work,” she told me. “Tim, don’t you like working?” “Yes,” he replied, “I like horses.” “No!” she exclaimed, “I said working! Don’t you like working?” “Oh,” he answered. “I like horses better.” Two of the Reid’s grandchildren, who
live next door to Tim and Phyllis, often help out in the garden and store. The Reids grow their own tomatoes, squash, peppers, eggplants and okra to sell, and purchase other local fruit and vegetables to market as well. They sell Amish butter and cheeses, plus local honey, jams and pickled produce. Patrons can also enjoy hand-scooped ice cream, made by Tony’s in Gastonia. Rocking chairs and a picnic table outside encourage customers to sit a spell.
Top: Customers love to visit and pet the miniature horses, kept behind the store. Bottom: The Reids employ a few young people, including two of their own grandchildren, to help around the garden and inside the shop. The Reids are planning for a cane maze in the fall. They have a few miniature horses for customers to pet and visit while at the farm. Of course, they’ll have plenty of pumpkins, apples and other autumn produce available, too. The farm store will close at the end of October and reopen the first of April. Regardless of the season, customers can be assured that they’ll walk out of the South Forty Farm Store with fresh produce ... and a fresh smile on their faces! LW
www.LakeWylieToday.com | Fall 2012
Lifestyle magazine covering the Lake Wylie community.