I was a Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery enthusiast before this refreshing addition to Greenville was even open for business. Since purchasing food grown and raised on local farms is one of the best ways to promote community sustainability, I spent hours following online links, emailing farmers, and checking produce calendars to find out what was in season. Then I heard through the grapevine that a cafe and grocery store featuring local products was coming to town and I eagerly anticipated an end to my time-consuming process. Located on Cedar Lane, in the middle of one of Greenville’s food deserts, Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery provides local, sustainable, nourishing food options for the community.
This oasis began as a poolside conversation between two friends that grew into the treasure it is today. Jac and Mary care passionately about making a positive impact in their community and it is clear to see that they have done just that. They work with over 50 local farms to bring fresh produce, meat (chicken, beef, pork, lamb, and goat), eggs, dairy products, and bread to their customers along with other grocery staples. They take the time to get to know the farmers that help stock their shelves. Mary uses as many local ingredients as possible to bake most of the goodies found in the cafe including the signature pogacha. Her scones were called “the best in Greenville” by a visitor from England and I can personally vouch for the deliciousness of the pumpkin pie.
Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery provides more than just wholesome food. People are building relationships with Jac, Mary, and each other. As we sat outside talking, Jac pointed out the wooden bicycle racks gifted to them by two regular customers. Cyclists from the Swamp Rabbit Trail dropped in for a snack and left refreshed and smiling. Other customers arrived in their cars and left with plenty of healthy food for their families. The sheer number of happy customers indicates that Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery is quickly becoming a community staple. Stop in and discover why so many visitors turn into repeat customers.