With an overgrown garden full of peppers, a throwback recipe, and a knack or grilling, Eric Wisham from local Tifton, GA blended fruits and veggies together to come up with his variety of delicious handmade Wisham pepper jellies.
For those of you who have grown up in the South, you have probably experienced the taste of a cheese straw. These small cheesy snacks are a delicious addition to any party platter or are enjoyed just by themselves. A mother-and-son run company called Southern Straws in Columbus, GA knows this all too well.
In 1997, a natural twist on a traditional Southern food was born. Kevin and Gayla Shaw began grinding natural white corn into grits for their own personal use. Their creation was a hit when they gave it away in Christmas gifts, so they decided to expand their market. Gayla’s Grits has always prided itself in keeping the integrity and quality of their grits 100% all natural. In keeping with this standard, non-GMO heirloom seeds are used to grow the corn that is used for their grits on their family farm.
Located above Atlanta in Suwanee, GA is a locally owned and operated business called Cultured Traditions. Tanya and Charles Sharp bring their Russian tradition to the South with their variety of fermented foods.
Historically, when growing fresh foods was not possible, people learned how to naturally ferment foods to preserve them for storage and use during the winter months. Over time, the health benefits became obvious, and have since been proven to be even more significant. For this reason, consuming fermented foods strictly for their health benefits is quite common.
“Shotwell Candy Co. simply wouldn't be where it is today without my family and friends”. Jerrod Smith started Shotwell Candy Co. in 2012. He was working full time as a corporate attorney but somehow made time for his wife and three young children and experimenting to craft the perfect caramel. Once his business began to grow, Jerrod’s family and friends stepped up to support him in cooking, cutting, wrapping and packaging the delicious caramels.
Just forty minutes north of us in Dawson, Georgia is a quaint candy shop that has been around since the 1970s! Mr. and Mrs. Strickland started the business in the 1970s. Mrs. Stickland supposedly began selling candy to fund her husband's fishing equipment expenses. She sold peanut brittle and the recipe was so tasty, it became extremely popular in the area. Mrs. Stickland sold the business to the Bailey family and they produced Bailey Brittle out of the same shoppe. Finally, five years ago, a father-daughter team bought the business and have grown it to include several different candy options. Melvin and Kristy Gilley own and operate Papa's Sweet Shoppe which has flourished in our small-town community because their candy is authentic, hand made in small batches, and delicious. We...