Foodies Farm Shop

Entrepreneur’s Corner: Cristy Ray, Foodies Farm Shop

Foodies Farm Shop is a specialty food shop on Randall Street in downtown Greer. The business, owned by Cristy Ray, opened in the Greer Depot along Trade Street in April as the Greer Farmers Market season began. The business specializes in charcuterie — sliced sausages, salami and other meats and cheeses — but also offers fruit spreads, specialty sauces and seasonings, milk and even all-natural pet food and treats.

Getting started

I started the (Greer) Farmers Market last fall, and the two kind of go hand-in-hand. We carry local goods from the farmers that are in here, too. They were asking things like, “What are we going to do when market season is over?” Then everything kind of fell into place.

Going up

It’s the next craft beer. According to the gourmet food people out there, artisan meats and cheeses are the next craft beer. The food forecasters or whoever are guessing it’s the next thing to come along and blow up. Local and small batch has really taken off. There seems to be a demand for it.

Quest for charcuterie

I would classify us as a charcuterie/artisan cheese shop with local and gourmet items. Our hope is to grow the slow foods movement in Greer, and to offer a high-quality product. We want to find stuff that’s high-quality but not crazy, over-the-top expensive.

Have it your way

They do make their own plates. A lot of people will say, “What does this go well with, what does that go well with?” They take it home, they make it. They do it for entertaining, they do it for themselves. We also make charcuterie boards that people can have for themselves. You’ll typically get two meats, two cheeses, two condiments and olives. You can go get a bottle of wine at the other end (at La Bouteielle craft beer and wine shop, just a few doors down) and enjoy an evening on your porch.

Support in Greer

It has been great. Greer’s really good about coming out and supporting their own. I think the people that live down here really want to support small business. The farmers market pulls this store. The area is widening, and of course word of mouth is phenomenal for growing your business.

Back for more

We started to get a lot of return business, which is wonderful. I think once people start to eat some of the foods and try new things, it’ll continue and they’ll continue to eat that way. I think America as a whole is pulling away from that huge, heavy, three meals a day. I really couldn’t say there’s a specific type of person that buys it. I think everyone comes in an tries something. We sample everything so if you’re not sure you’ll like it, we’ll pop it open and try it. Everyone that walks in here has found something.


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