One of the best ways for people to come together is over a good meal.

When I walked into Blue Moon Specialty Foods Market, Deli and Bakery at the corner of Church and Broad in Spartanburg, I immediately felt at home. Owners Chris “Wishbone” Walker and his daughter Molly Cashman welcomed guests to their new location and knew many of the guests by name.

The restaurant and market has quickly become a gathering spot for locals to get a bite for breakfast or lunch. The atmosphere invites community with large center tables meant to be shared by multiple groups of people and a beautiful bar crafted from fallen trees from the Francis Marion forest. Throughout the restaurant, photos of Walker’s family and his garden show how food and family are enmeshed.

Walker’s passion for food began just after high school graduation, when he was hired to help prepare pack meals for groups on horseback trips in Wyoming

After graduation from college, Walker worked in large restaurants throughout the country, before meeting his wife Mary Pat and establishing roots in Spartanburg. He left food service to pursue another career, but his passion for food remained. He developed spices and sauces from food grown in his own garden.

When the Farmer’s Market opened in Spartanburg, Walker decided to sell his products. They were an immediate hit in the community. Walker added more products and the booth became so successful that he was able to expand into his own store. The business has grown again, and now includes a grab and go market, bakery and deli.

While Blue Moon is an excellent place for breakfast and lunch, the market is also a great place to pick up a homemade meal. They have a wide variety of casseroles, quiches, side dishes, salads and desserts that you can take home for dinner or bring to a friend. I love their quiches and tomato pie, and they are famous for their pimento cheese and chicken salad.

While you are there, pick up a few spices and sauces for yourself. The Yep! Original Seasoning adds flavor to just about anything and the Yep! Paprikash is fantastic. In addition to Blue Moon products, the market has expanded to include local favorites such as Dottie’s Toffees, wine sticks from The Sweetery, pickles from That Pickle Lady and coffee from Little River Roasters.

Want to go?

Blue Moon Market is open 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Breakfast is served 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Mondays-Fridays. Lunch is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

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