Husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Cindy and Andy Rolfe’s Lowcountry Fresh Market and Cafe is now open in Bluffton. With the help of culinary director and Charleston native Benjamin “BJ” Dennis, the Rolfe’s cafe will truly offer everything, from local fruits and vegetables to prepared dinners, fresh seafood, smoothies and baked goods.
Open daily, Lowcountry Fresh is an establishment built around supporting local farmers, Andy and Cindy told the City Paper. Lowcountry Fresh purchases produce directly from the Gullah Farmers Cooperative, a group representing 17 South Carolina farms, including Joseph Fields Farm on Johns Island, and the goal is to have 70-80% of Lowcountry Fresh’s shelves filled with regional produce.
“We’ve been coming to South Carolina for a long time, so it’s a place we’ve always loved,” said Cindy, a former brand management specialist. “We thought it was important to use what was in our heads to help other people. [The Gullah Co-Op members] are really good farmers; they know what they’re doing, the produce they can provide for the community is pretty mind boggling, and they do it beautifully.”
Lowcountry Fresh’s front porch has seasonal displays of that local produce, and a side porch has several tables for al fresco dining. Inside, there’s a scratch bakery, chopped salad station, smoked and roasted meats, a prepared foods area and a coffee bar.
The lunch and dinner offering is curated by Dennis and Lowcountry Fresh executive chef Modou Jaiteh. Since opening May 29, Lowcountry Fresh has served specials like South Carolina barbecue hash with Joseph Fields string beans, fried Joyce Farms chicken, peel-and-eat shrimp and more.
“If you’re not from around here, you’re going to get to learn more about the Lowcountry,” Cindy said, “and if you are, you’re going to get to show off what this area has to offer.”
Lowcountry Fresh is located at 303 Bleecker Street South in Bluffton, S.C. For more information, visit lowcountryfresh.com.