The spot on the map where Interstate 26 crosses Interstate 95 in Bowman, South Carolina, seems arbitrary, pencil lines scratched in a Capitol Hill basement during the Eisenhower era. And while some 40,000 cars may pass on a typical day, we’d bet almost none of the folks speeding through these cornfields and cypress swamps know it’s home to some of the finest crème-fraiche this side of Normandy.
Yes. Head west on I-26 from the big cloverleaf, over Cow Castle Creek, take the first exit—number 165, a lonely one with two two-pump gas stations (fifty-cent premium over prevailing prices; execrable summer heat)—and pull into the station to the south and head into the Quick C Food Mart.
Between a cornfield and the ghost slab of a long-gone truck stop, the Quick C will transport you back to a time when shopkeepers chain-smoked indoors, sold canned pork brains from dusty shelves and Cheerwine in bottles from struggling refrigerators. But around the back of the convenience store, through a side-door, you’ll find a spotlessly clean tiled room with shining stainless-steel tanks that produce some of the nation’s most exquisite dairy—crème fraiche, Swiss and Greek yogurt, buttermilk, and full-fat whole milk—in the nation. Oh, and there’s full-fat chocolate milk for the young and young at heart. This is Lowcountry Creamery, the Breaking Bad of dairy.
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