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Mac McClendon offers jellies, jams, relishes and other jarred food products for sale. Photo by Rick Tobin

Mac McClendon offers jellies, jams, relishes and other jarred food products for sale. Photo by Rick Tobin

Mac McClendon has a simple, but proven, method in stocking what he sells at Mac’s Farm Supply at the intersection of Highway 17 and Round O Road, smack in the middle of Round O Crossroads. “If it is asked for three times, we put it in our inventory,” he said. “It’s not very scientific, but it works.”

Mac bought the business from the Dodd family in 2004. The mill has been at two locations at Round O Crossroads since it first started operations during the 1800s, and originally had 5,500 acres for planting, a store with a mill, a cotton gin, and a post office.”I will have been here nine years in 30 days,” Mac said Friday. He added he tries to supply everything that everyone living anywhere near him would need, so they could avoid spending gas money traveling to places that are farther away.

Mac actually does have a mill onsite, as well as a pea sheller and a pecan sheller. Southern-style stone ground grits and cornmeal are sold, and the meal is blended with other ingredients to create items such as seafood breader, chicken breader, and hush puppy mix. “All our products are gluten-free and all natural. Nothing is added or taken away.” Mac said.

“We grind our corn for grits and cornmeal every 10 days, and we also shell peas and crack pecans in season. We can shell a bushel of peas in about four or five minutes,” Mac said. He added he also sells laying hens and fresh eggs. “People come from as far away as Spartanburg to buy my hens.” He noted he uses a Meadows brand mill, adding that the company has been making mills since 1905. “All of our milling processes are both climate and humidity controlled.”

As Mac walked around the store, he noted that the building that houses the store was built in 1960.The store carries some of the items that one would expect to see in such a facility. Ornamental and vegetable plants and fruit trees are located just outside the storefront. All types of vegetable seeds can be bought inside the store. Fertilizer and other related gardening products are also sold. A limited supply of local vegetables is also sold, when in season.

One aisle held a wide array of jams, jellies, relishes, as well as other related items.

“The jellies, jams, honey, and everything else along this aisle are all from North Carolina and South Carolina products. All of these products are batch-made using quality ingredients,” Mac said. Some of the additional jarred items include tomato salsa; chow chows; relishes; apple, peach, pumpkin, and sweet potato butter; and pickled okra and asparagus. “We’re all about what people want to put in their mouth. Our honey is made right here in Colleton County.”

Mac also sells pet and livestock-related items. “We have both veterinary pet products and livestock products, including both square and round bales of hay,” Mack said.

Chains of different sizes, hardware items, plumbing supplies, lumber, fencing, bags of concrete mix, hats, belts, and work gloves are also sold, as well as a few more unusual items. “We blend our own wild bird seed, summer and winter, and we also blend a wildlife mix for hunting. These blends are much fresher and cleaner than mixes that you would find in the larger stores.”

Other rather unusual items were also seen at the Mac’s Farm Supply. Behind the mill, Sean Flemming was working on a 10-by-16 foot logging mat. “The lumber-built mats are laid across roads, and are used to reduce the ground pressure when the log trucks go over them,” Mac said. In front of the store, hog traps were being offered for sale at $345 apiece.

“We just supply what the people need, and we’re not setting parameters. We’re just selling what the people want to buy. We even fill propane tanks,” Mac noted. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m.-noon. For more information, call (843) 835-5050.