moonshine made with muscadines from their vineyard. They recently premiered their Dark Sun Vodka, commemorating the 2017 solar eclipse taking place August 21, have a gin on the way and more products all the time. “The unique thing about our farm is all the fruit is grown here, harvested here, fermented here, distilled here, bottled here and sold here,,” he said. “Not many places can say that, and that’s what we’re kind of proud of. It’s a truly local product.” When you step out the back of the distillery, there’s the apple orchard, and there’s the peach orchard. The grapes aren’t far away, and the muscadines are over the hill. Land even feeds the leftover fruit pomace to his cattle, who can eventually be purchased both in the farm’s bistro and farm store. “I don’t know if you can find apple-fed beef anywhere in the country,” Land said with a laugh. The farm store, located near Belle’s Bistro, is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. seven days a week, April through December, and by appointment year-round. The farm also operates a roadside fruit stand on U.S. Highway 76 near the Long Creek Gen-
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eral Store. This spring they will be adding a feed and hardware division to serve their community with necessities that usually require a long drive to retrieve. Also on the horizon is a massive two-day festival to celebrate next year’s total solar eclipse, which is set for late afternoon on Aug. 21, 2017. Several musicians, craft and food vendors and astronomy talks will take place August 20 and 21. The farm is located at 454 Damascus Church Road in Long Creek. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (864) 647-9768, or visit chattoogabellefarm.com.
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Visitors guide to Oconee County, SC, including Lakes Jocassee, Keowee and Hartwell plus the Chattooga River.