Let me start off by saying that I don’t want to give anyone the wrong impression (and I’m not going to win any friends by speaking the truth) so I’ll just come out with it – DON’T GO HERE.

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The pictures in this post and the one or two that may follow probably paint a wonderful image of a bustling and quaint outdoor market that you would be remiss in failing to explore. WRONG. I grew up in upstate South Carolina and over the years have watched the Jockey Lot grow into a monstrous, permanent, 65 acre yard sale. It may be interesting to explore once (if you’re in the area),  but a majority of what you will find for sale is trash, detritus and  just plain crap of dubious origin (wow – that sounds harsh, but it’s pretty accurate – how many broken ax handles and rusted hammers do you need?). This is not the pseudo-gracious Old South of Paula Deen. This is William Faulkner leapfrogged 100 years into the future by William Gibson, a kind of redneck Chiba, filled with  cutout CD’s, cheap knock-off shoes, plastic picture frames holding fiber-optic flowers. The sound of pachinko parlours replaced with a distorted agglomeration of Billy Ray Cyrus and tejano blasted from $50 subwoofers in the back of an ’84 Mustang. The pervasive funk of slimy boiled peanut shells scattered under the shed roof… (sorry Mr. Gibson, Skoal will never be administered in a digital patch – it will always be something lovingly spit into a styrofoam cup). Of course, I’m just expressing my personal opinion (don’t sue me). You’ve been warned.

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Fresh produce makes up only a fraction of what you’ll find at the Jockey Lot. It usually seems pretty hit or miss, but on this particular day there was some nice produce available…

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Tomatillo

Plantains

Limes

Beets

Basil

PricklyPears

Pumpkins

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All pics by HX

Anderson Jockey Lot
4530 Highway 29 North
Belton, SC 29627

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