The Palmetto State is adored by its residents and visitors for countless reasons: the beautiful weather, the friendly people, and, of course, the phenomenal food.
And, let’s be honest – we at Cupcake DownSouth love our local food. We just can’t get enough of the fresh fruits and veggies in the summertime and the awesome craft beers and local distilleries year-round.
Based on our love of our state’s delicious treats and our appreciation for local businesses, we have really been trying to team up with local suppliers. Recently, we were able to use local strawberries from Boone Hall Farms in Mount Pleasant and Cottle Strawberry Farms in Hopkins, just outside of Columbia, in our Strawberry Shortcake cupcake from Farms.
Supporting the local economy is at the heart of what we do. Charleston and Columbia are all about supporting local businesses, and we’re a small local business in our 10th year. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our loyal customers supporting our small business all these years. We want to do the same for others.
Part of this local support is coming into play with our new After Dark line. The first flavor we launched was the Blackberry Mojito, a blackberry cake with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine, filled with muddled blackberries, topped with a fresh mint icing. We love using moonshine from Firefly Spirits because of its delicious flavor and the fact that it allows us to support another local business.
Cupcake DownSouth owner Kristin shares her desire to showcase the local foods in the area: “There’s so much great food here, and there are so many great ideas. As someone who lived in New York and really paid attention to all the food trends there, I can see that we, too, have so many cool tastes and flavors here, especially for a small little city, and we want to be able to support and showcase some of the great products available.”
What local vendors do you love to support? Tell us in the comments below.