Annuals and shrubs need some protection against the cold. “Some really sensitive plants like hydrangeas or young fig trees need heavy mulch as a blanket of insulation against cold,” he said. “You can get a wire basket, fill it up with leaves and cover the plant to protect it.”He also recommends making a windscreen from a cardboard box or plastic. But don’t let the plastic touch the plant. It will make the plant colder. If you use plastic, make a tent with it over the plant.For more tips on protecting landscape plants in winter, call your local UGA Extension agent at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or look online at www.ugaextension.com(Faith Peppers is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaRecent freezing temperatures have taken a toll on some Georgia landscapes. If you were too slow to mulch or to cover tender plants, you may now see wilted, dark leaves dotting your flower beds. A University of Georgia expert has advice on how to handle the damage and to avoid it.“On these first several frosts you are going to see obvious frost damage because many plants haven’t dropped their leaves,” said Bob Westerfield, a UGA Cooperative Extension horticulturist. “The damage will usually appear as brown tips on leaves that will then turn black. Just go a couple of inches below the damage and prune it out.” If you have planted wisely, the damage should only be temporary.“Most plants that are established and have been in the landscape a year or two will survive these cold snaps,” he said. “You might have to prune out the damage, but they will make it through.”If leaf burn is severe and unsightly, go ahead and cut it back. The plants won’t produce more leaves now. But since this is only the first cold snap and not the last, he said, you can wait to prune “because we will get hit again, and you can prune it back harder in December or January.”Feed and waterPlants still need plenty of moisture now, he said. “Plants need that pressure within their stems to withstand the cold. If you don’t have them fully moist they can’t withstand the cold and will get cell damage. Now is the time to wet them down really well before a cold night.”Most winter annuals will survive fine with proper care. “Most annuals like mums and pansies are very tenacious,” he said. “They might look bad right after the cold, but they will come right out of it.”Good nutrition helps, too. “Give them some liquid or light granular fertilizer once a month and water well throughout the season,” he said. “They have limited root systems, so they need plenty of food and water.”Protect plants
University of GeorgiaFrom root to petal, the Sept. 26 episode of “Gardening in Georgia with Walter Reeves” takes viewers through the beauty of fall.”Gardening in Georgia” airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across the state each Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.Reeves will start the show by examining the root system of a huge tree without harming it. Instead of washing soil from roots, an air spade gently removes it so root problems can be properly identified. The spade can also mix organic matter into the soil to reinvigorate the root system.Next, he discusses the muscadine versus scuppernong debate. These Southern favorites are both grapes, but are they the same thing? He’ll demonstrate how to eat them without making a mess.Purple hyacinth bean and cypress vine are two of Reeves’s favorite vines for fall color. He’ll show how to identify them.Atlanta Botanical Garden director Mildred Fockele will take Reeves on a tour of the garden’s salvia collection. While annual salvias are mainstays of a summer garden, many perennial types can brighten a fall garden. They can bring color year after year.Reeves ends the episode talking about Fireworks goldenrod, a new variety that’s shorter, denser and covered with explosive color.The show is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and is supported by a gift from McCorkle Nurseries. Learn more about the show and download useful publications at www.gardeningingeorgia.com.
Philip Grimes, who grows peanuts, cotton, cantaloupes, snap beans and broccoli in Tift County is dedicated to achieving maximum yields through sound conservation practices. The 2014 recipient of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Georgia Farmer of the Year award has long been the envy of Tifton’s agricultural neighborhood.“One of the neighbor farmers, who farmed many acres, he passed away from a sudden heart attack. His wife wrote Phillip a letter and said, ‘You know, he always liked to ride around and look at crops on Sunday afternoon,’” said Grimes’ wife, Jane Grimes. “She said, ‘He didn’t want to go around and look at his own crops (though), he wanted to go look at Philip’s crops’… I think that speaks highly for Philip. He’s just dedicated to what he does.”Dedication aptly describes Grimes’ work ethic. Whether it’s by detailed record keeping or sound conservation practices, Grimes possesses leadership skills admired by Steve Brown, UGA’s associate dean for Extension and organizer of the search for Georgia’s farmer of the year.“The winners are always leaders…,” Brown said. “Other farmers look up to them and follow their lead on things. You don’t have to be a mega-farmer to win, but you have to have those leadership qualities.”Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recognized Grimes at Tuesday’s Ag Day at the State Capitol event. Grimes will represent Georgia at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie in October when the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year Award is presented.“I love to farm and am real passionate about my crops,” Grimes said. “I’ve been blessed by God, and he’s guided me for years and years. It’s just a blessing that I have what I have.”Grimes has also proven to be a willing listener. Even after almost 40 years of farming, Grimes is attentive when Tift County Extension agent Brian Tankersley and other UGA Extension researchers are discussing the latest cropping trends and developments. A trusting relationship has developed between Grimes and the Extension community, and it has contributed to Grimes’ success in the field. “I listen to the experts and go to the meetings. They can tell you if a new product is coming out and what’s working and what’s not,” Grimes said. “They’re just an important part of farming now.”His receptiveness to this information has paid off. Grimes has been recognized at the district or state level for producing top peanut yields for 20 straight years. Grimes’ vegetable crops can be spotted at the most popular grocery stores in the South, including Food Lion, Wal-Mart and Kroger. Grimes also operates Docia Farms, which has been a stop for numerous farm tours and visited by Congressional leaders and UGA personnel.“The researchers and Extension personnel, they love coming out here and working with Philip, because he’s a high yield grower; they like to come out and tour his farm. If the Peanut Commission wants to show off some top-notch peanuts, they’ll come out here,” Tankersley said. “Year after year, (Grimes and his family) have been very sustainable in terms of profitability.”While Docia Farms has proven to be sustainable, it’s also a family-run organization. Jane Grimes is in charge of record keeping, bill paying and answers phones. Grimes’ son, Andrew, and son-in-law, Gator Walker, are actively involved in the farm’s day-to-day operations. The Grimes family’s farming business has grown impressively since it started out renting 200 acres of farmland in the mid-70s. Its most farmed crop is cotton, which is grown on 850 acres.Grimes also owns a state-of-the-art cantaloupe packing shed, which features handling facilities and focuses on food safety practices.Of course, being admired for highly productive farming practices does have its disadvantages. Grimes has set high standards for himself to produce high-quality crops year after year.“It’s gotten to where I can’t mess up anymore,” Grimes joked.
I was working on a magazine piece this week on nostalgia gardening. We tend to think of nostalgia gardening as growing something that is heirloom or antique. It is also represented in a plant that reminds you of another time or place. One plant that I hated to leave out was the emperor’s candlestick. Its Latin name is Senna alata, formerly Cassia alata. Emperor’s candlestick is considered a shrub in the tropics, yet where I have seen them growing wild, they appear dwarfed in comparison to how they look in our landscapes. This is probably due to the shallow topsoil. Though the plant is seen in gardens as a beautiful flower, it is a valuable medicinal plant in developing countries. In Mexico and Samoa, it is used to treat snakebites. In other countries, it is used to treat herpes and venereal diseases, ringworm and digestive disorders. Butterfly lovers treasure it as a host plant for sulphur butterflies.Emperor’s candlestick can be successfully grown as an annual just about anywhere in the country. Here in Savannah, Georgia, it is an annual flower and is as stunning as it gets from summer through frost. The candlestick plant is in the legume family, and even though it does not bloom until midsummer, the large, pinnately compound foliage provides a textural extravaganza even when flowers aren’t present.Since it does grow large – up to 8 feet tall with the compound leaves stretching out 3 feet in each direction – you will want it close to the back of your border. I have grown them in beds where I had over a dozen, and while pretty, it was a little overwhelming. The way to go is probably with two to three plants in a mixed border. One of my favorite partners for emperor’s candlestick is the spicy jatropha, or Jatropha integerrima. Another terrific combination could include Cuphea ‘Vermillionaire,’ which has scarlet flowers and reaches about 3 feet tall and just as wide.My one bone of contention or frustration with garden centers is that they usually do not have emperor’s candlestick early enough to allow us time to grow them into the 8-foot-plus range. Actually, they are now getting harder to find. Once you do start growing them, you are in business, because they produce long pods loaded with seeds. These dried seeds will give you the opportunity to grow them whenever you want. In recent years I have found seeds well priced through online shopping.Once you start collecting seeds, store them in a dry location over the winter. Next spring, pop open the pods and plant the seeds about three-quarters of an inch deep in full sun in well-drained, well-prepared beds. I like to lightly scratch these seeds with sandpaper to help speed up my germination process. If you want to see your plants reach that 8-foot monolithic stature, feed them monthly during the growing season. Even though they are considered drought-tolerant plants, watering and mulching them keeps them looking lush and ever so tropical for your little corner of paradise.
Cooler temperatures are needed this winter to avoid another disastrous peach season, according to Jeff Cook, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension County coordinator in Taylor and Peach counties. Last year’s mild winter contributed to Georgia’s peach industry suffering an 80 percent loss. Cook estimates that 70 percent of those losses were attributed to Georgia’s lack of chill hours. The late freeze this past spring contributed to the other 10 to 15 percent peach loss, Cook said. “Chill hours are vital to the development of a peach. We didn’t have enough cold weather last year and it showed once we got to harvest time,” said Cook, who specializes in peaches. “Chill hours” refers to the time in which temperatures dip below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. From Oct. 1 through Feb. 15, chill hours are required for peach production. According to Cook, one Georgia peach variety requires 850 chill hours, the highest chill requirement of all varieties grown in Georgia. When that particular variety only got around 450 chill hours last winter, the result was devastating for Georgia peach farmers. At least 800 hours are needed to make a “decent crop,” he said. “We had between 650 and 700 (chill hours) year before last and did okay. Last year we were below 500 and we really need about 800,” Cook said. The biggest hit to Georgia’s 2017 peach crop was the lack of peaches from July to August, which is typically the largest yielding period. “The packing sheds were shut down the first of July,” Cook said. Unfortunately for Georgia peach producers, this year’s winter forecast is projecting a warmer winter due to La Nina weather conditions. UGA Extension agricultural climatologist Pam Knox predicts a 70 percent chance of La Nina conditions occurring from November 2017 through January 2018. La Nina is associated with above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation, especially in the southern half of Georgia. Knox emphasizes that even in a La Nina winter, outbreaks of cold air could still provide chill hours to the peach crop. “My expectation this year is that chill hours will be lower than normal but are likely to be higher than last year’s low numbers,” Knox said. “As we transition to neutral conditions in the spring, we also need to be mindful of the possibility of a late frost. Growers will have to keep an eye on conditions in the spring for any cold outbreaks that might come.”Dario Chavez, a UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences assistant professor in peach research on the UGA Griffin campus, said the peach industry in Georgia should know by the end of December or early January how this winter will compare to previous years. “It’s a weather factor so we really can’t do anything about it. It would be different if it were cold and we wanted to protect (the peaches) against the cold. That’s something we can do. Making it cold when it’s warm — it’s impossible,” Chavez said. For more information on Georgia’s peach industry, see the UGA Extension blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/peaches/.
Monroe County, Georgia, cattleman James Vaughn has been named the 2018 Georgia Farmer of the Year.Under his leadership, Vaughn Farms has grown from a 500-acre cattle farm to a 5,590-acre diversified farm operation. Working as a team, Vaughn and his wife, sons and daughter grow Bermuda grass hay for the local and wholesale market, raise cattle for the specialized beef market, sell bred heifers and registered bulls, grow 4,000 acres of timber, and train cutting horses. Vaughn also provides legal assistance in farm-related areas as a partner in the law firm of Vaughn, Wright and Boyer LLP. After graduating from college, law school and practicing law in Savannah, Georgia, Vaughn returned to Monroe County to take over the farm his father established in the 1950s with a small herd of registered Angus cattle. Today, Vaughn Farms has 425 cow-calf pairs; 50 are registered and the others are purebred commercial Angus.The farm is a large-scale operation focused on intensive management, sustainability and profitability.“In the 35 years I have been active on the farm as an adult, I have achieved an important goal of maintaining a farm business where my family can work and maintain the lifestyle we enjoy,” said Vaughn, from his farm office, a white-framed farmhouse that was once his grandparents’ home. “Together, we are reaching another goal: producing high-quality beef, hay and horses along with commodity timber products. More importantly, we are producing these commodities in an efficient and sustainable manner in the hope and expectation that future generations of our family can live and work on the farm and meet the lifestyle and production goals they choose.”Recognizing the benefit of niche marketing, Vaughn direct markets feeder calves to southwest Iowa. Beef from the farm is sold into export following harvest through an integrated market for nonhormone-treated cattle. Vaughn is also a Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Level 4 producer of grass-finished cattle for White Oak Pastures, the state’s largest organic farm, operated by 2013 Georgia Farmer of the Year Will Harris.Vaughn markets Vaughn Farms cattle through the Georgia/Iowa Family Farm to Family Fork program. The hormone-free marketing program seeks marketing premiums for cattlemen who produce safe, quality, consistent beef using humane and hormone-free procedures.In turn, producers receive carcass data that’s used to analyze their cattle’s performance. Vaughn and Caitlin Bennett Jackson, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Monroe County, are members of the program’s governing board. Vaughn helped to start the program, and Jackson analyzes the carcass data for local farmers and provides them with an easy-to-read summary.Jackson nominated Vaughn for the Georgia Farmer of the Year award.“Not only is Mr. Vaughn a great farmer, he is one of the greatest advocates for the agricultural industry,” Jackson said. “His ability to educate audiences about the importance of agriculture and the need for continued research from land-grant universities makes him a vital source of information for community members, stakeholders and legislators.”Vaughn Farms is truly a family operation. Vaughn and his wife, Beth Vaughn, work on the farm every day and hold down full-time off-farm jobs. He is a local attorney and she chairs the board of a community bank. Two of their sons, Matthew and Jordan Vaughn, joined them in the farm business full time. Benjamin Vaughn, also an attorney, holds a forestry degree and assists them with timber management and production. Their daughter, Jennifer Vaughn Hickson, is an equine veterinarian assistant. She lives in South Carolina but shows cutting horses on the circuit with Jordan Vaughn.From his desk, James Vaughn can see a herd of his cattle grazing on a wheat pasture.“That’s a really pretty pasture, but the other farm is why we’ve gotten noticed,” James Vaughn said of the family’s 650-acre former pine plantation. “It was originally part of the Talmadge Place. In 2006, root rot fungus got in there and the trees began to die.”James Vaughn took action to quickly harvest any marketable timber and reached out to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for help converting the land from timber production to hay and cattle production. This process took nine years.“I know about horses and cows and rubber-tired things, but I also know who to ask for help,” he said. “When we started, it looked like a pulpwood clear-cut, but then we sprigged 477 acres in ‘Russell’ Bermuda grass.”He demonstrates the progressive conservation practices he has implemented with assistance from the NRCS and UGA Extension. He protects the ecosystems on the farm and outside its boundaries by maintaining stream buffers and roads and using sustainable methods.Through his involvement with the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, Vaughn Farms hosts an annual farm tour to emphasize the economic impact of agriculture.Heavily involved in the local, state and national communities, James Vaughn is on the board of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, acts as attorney for the Monroe County Hospital Authority and chairs the Central Georgia Joint Development Authority. He is also a member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, Georgia Forestry Association, National Cutting Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse Association.“James Vaughn manages his farming and timber enterprises through modernization and the adoption of best management practices. Using innovation and diversification, he took 500 acres and grew it tenfold using the best practices available across all of his farm operations,” said Mark McCann, UGA Extension assistant dean. “And, he has involved the next generation of his family.”At this year’s Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition, James Vaughn will represent Georgia and compete against farmers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia for the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year Award. (Monroe County Extension agent Caitlin Jackson contributed to this article.)
The challenges facing rural America today are diverse, and the answers to rural issues won’t come from a single expert or institution.That’s why the University of Georgia is convening its first forum on rural stress, bringing together experts from across the nation to unpack the underlying causes of the challenges facing rural Americans — economic stagnation, opioid dependence, population migration, increasing suicide rates — and help build an interdisciplinary framework for finding solutions.“Rural Stress: Promising Practices and Future Directions” will be held in Atlanta Dec. 10-11, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Airport. Interested stakeholders, local officials, business leaders and academic researchers studying rural issues are welcome to attend. Faculty of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, and the UGA School of Social Work are hosting the forum.The hope is to leverage the existing organizational and outreach structure of land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System to find solutions.“The role of land-grant institutions has always been to connect the needs of people with the research-based resources that come from our universities,” said Sam Pardue, dean and director of the CAES. “Since before the Great Depression and the farm crisis of the 1980s — when rural communities were in trouble — land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System have worked hand in hand with local officials and local families to improve the communities’ prospects. That’s what we’re doing here.”In order to develop collaborative solutions, experts in mental and physical public health, rural development, economic development, and substance abuse prevention from more than a dozen states will present and participate in roundtable discussions.“The stresses faced by rural communities are complex and multifaceted — financial strain, lack of access to health and behavioral healthcare, social isolation, the opioid epidemic,” said Anna Scheyett, dean and director of the UGA School of Social Work. “We need an interdisciplinary approach if we are going to provide them with the support they need to face these challenges. Having the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences come together with the School of Social Work and other social sciences, in the context of a land-grant university, to tackle these issues has the potential for meaningful impact in rural communities.”Each school or college involved in the forum has experience working in rural development, and that history will better enable them to make the connections that could lead to solutions.“Families are at the core of helping address the complexity of the stresses communities are facing,” said Linda Kirk Fox, dean of the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “The multidisciplinary approaches we apply in our Family and Consumer Sciences Extension program have been an integral part of Extension work at the local level for more than 100 years working with farm, rural and urban families.” To see the forum agenda, go to ruralstress.uga.edu/.
The pecan industry in the Southeast U.S. is at a crossroads, and the 2019 season could go a long way toward determining the financial future for many Georgia farmers, according to Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist.The cost to produce pecans continues to increase every year. With new tariffs imposed on goods exported from the U.S. to China, prices producers received dropped significantly last year.Early-season ‘Desirable’ varieties sold for between $2.20 and $2.40 per pound in 2018, and ‘Stuart’ varieties were valued at approximately $1.75 per pound. At season’s end, Desirables dropped to $1.30 per pound and Stuarts were being sold for 85 cents per pound.“In order to change the cost of production and the price our farmers are receiving for their crops, we have to change the way our industry operates,” Wells said.So how do growers change the makeup of the industry? Wells believes that producers have three options to do things differently as they prepare for this year’s crop: reduce the cost of production, shell some of their own crop, or work with shellers to grow the nuts they want. Growers also can opt to keep with the status quo and be subject to the same market trends as in the past. Wells believes that growers need to replace old cultivars with cultivars that have some level of scab disease resistance, which would decrease the cost of production. Scab is a fungal disease that infects the leaves or nuts of pecan trees. If it hits the nut early enough, scab can cause the pecan to blacken and fall from the tree. Some growers spray between 10 and 12 times during an average year to fight scab, Wells said.Producers need to plant scab-resistant varieties with goal of spraying no more than six to eight times. Some recommended varieties include ‘Avalon’, ‘Caddo’, ‘Creek’, ‘Eclipse’, ‘Ellis’, ‘Excel’, ‘Lakota’, ‘McMillan’, ‘Oconee’, ‘Sumner’ and ‘Zinner’.Wells stresses that growers need to stop planting ‘Desirable’ pecans. Although it produces a good quality nut, its susceptibility to scab disease makes it an undesirable choice. If producers choose to plant a susceptible cultivar, he suggests growing either ‘Caddo’ or ‘Pawnee’, both of which have an early harvest date and short season.Growers also need to focus on quality over quantity and produce pecans with a percent kernel in the mid-50s.“We have to grow better-quality nuts with more uniformity and a lower cost of production to compete on the traditional domestic market, and we have to develop new domestic markets,” Wells said.Though much of Georgia’s pecan crop will always be sold to domestic shellers, Wells recommends that farmers diversify their market opportunities.One option is for farmers to work together or individually to develop grower-owned shelling plants. They can also selling online with the shell-bag-and-ship formula. These options are not without risk and will be slow to develop.Producers can develop new markets by highlighting the health aspect of pecans, market pecans as snack foods, and emphasize value-added products like pecan milk and pecan oil.Growers also can implement management practices that will help reduce costs. Adequate tree spacings are recommended. Tighter spaces can increase early yield but require more inputs, and more trees per acre lead to increased disease and insect pressure.Georgia producers find themselves in a difficult position largely because of the rise of pecan production in Mexico, Wells said. Mexico produced 278,176 acres in 2015 and is adding 10,000 new acres every year. Mexican pecan production has grown from 270 million pounds in 2015 to nearly 300 million pounds now, and the U.S. is the country’s largest customer. Production isn’t slowing down and pecan production costs in Mexico are approximately $860 per acre, compared to approximately $1,500 in the Southeast U.S.“We cannot grow the pecans we have been growing and compete economically with Mexico,” Wells said.The U.S. is importing more pecans from other countries at a time when exports have slowed, specifically with China.“The market to China is our lifeline. If we don’t have that, we’re in trouble,” Wells said.Storing pecans is another gamble for producers. Wells estimates farmers have a six-month window to wait for prices to improve and move their pecans accordingly before South Africa’s crop comes into season in May and June. South Africa is the No. 3 producer of pecans and ships to the U.S. and China.For more up-to-date information about pecan production in Georgia, see https://site.extension.uga.edu/pecan/.
For more ideas on Georgia-grown food and beverages for the holidays, visit www.flavorofga.com or look for many Flavor of Georgia products at Stripling’s General Store locations, Buford Highway Farmers Market, Farmview Market in Madison, Georgia, and at farmers markets and grocery stores near you.Remember to shop local and shop small this holiday season to support Georgia’s small businesses. Information on the 2020 University of Georgia Flavor of Georgia food product contest will be available in December, and registration will open to the public in January. Shop Flavor of Georgia products to find something for everyone on your shopping list or for your holiday party. Good taste never goes out of style, and there’s something that will appeal to all your friends and family.Gift ideas for a host, teacher or anyone that needs a treat:Mama Geraldine’s Pimento Cheese Straws, Bodacious Food Company, Jasper, Georgia2019 Snack Foods Finalist These irresistible cheese straws make for a tasty snack. Pair a couple of boxes with some fresh fruit in a nice basket.Luscious Lemon PoundCake, FarmHouse PoundCakes, Cornelia, Georgia2019 Confections Finalist Pound cake is the perfect dessert to pair with fruit or ice-cream. Give this delicious tart pound cake to your friends and family with a sweet tooth.Pecan Shortbread, Watanut, Augusta, Georgia2018 Confections Finalist These light and crisp cookies melt in your mouth and are packaged in cute holiday tins!Gourmet Vanilla Infused Honey Pot, Built By Bees, Atlanta, Georgia2018 Honey and Related Products Finalist This vanilla-infused honey has a smooth texture and rich flavor. Vanilla is also an immunity booster, so give this to all your friends to keep them well during the holiday season. Stocking stuffers for the home chef:Campfire Salt, Beautiful Briny Sea, Atlanta, Georgia2017 Sauces and Seasonings Winner This versatile salt is great on any dish that needs a little extra heat. It’s made of hickory-smoked sea salt, sumac, chili and cumin.Blueberry Barbecue Sauce, Byne Blueberry Farms Inc., Waynesboro, Georgia2019 Barbecue Sauces Winner This barbecue sauce is a tasty blend of blueberries and spices that will definitely cure the winter blues.AubSauce, Aubs Company, Decatur, Georgia2019 Barbecue Sauces FinalistA great gift for the grill masters in your life. Buy them a holiday gift box to make them feel really special.Lane’s BBQ Sorta White BBQ Sauce, Lane’s BBQ, Bethlehem, Georgia2018 Barbecue Sauces Winner We can only dream of a white Christmas living in Georgia, but we can still pretend. Give this barbecue sauce to all your friends dreaming of a white Christmas this year.For your holiday parties:Smoked Gouda Pimento Cheese, Suga’s Enterprises, Powder Springs, Georgia2019 Dairy Products Finalist Pimento cheese is a Southern staple at any time of the year. This twist on the classic will leave your guests asking for more. Delicious Dill Pickle Party Peanuts, Hardy’s Peanuts Inc., Hawkinsville, Georgia2019 Snack Foods WinnerThese roasted dill pickle peanuts will add some pizzaz to any table at a party.Grapefruit Peach, Montane Sparkling Spring Water, Hamilton, Georgia2019 Beverages Winner This fruity sparkling water is quite refreshing by itself, or it can be added to a fun holiday mixed drink.For your holiday self-care:Hibiscus Kombucha, FreshKiss Tea, Palmetto, Georgia2019 Beverages Finalist Kombucha tea is popular right now, so give this latest health trend a try to energize your body. Your tase buds and immune system will thank you. Nectar Ready to Blend Smoothies, Nectar Foods Two Inc., Decatur, Georgia2019 Beverages FinalistThese smoothies can serve as a meal replacement during this busy season, and they might give you a healthy head start on your new year’s resolutions.
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