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Planet Garden Preserving Sweetness

Posted in Sustainable Column by planetgarden on September 30, 2009

Where will you find in the Peach State of Georgia the essence of sweetness? When the world thinks of Georgia, we say, think of our sweet peaches, and for Georgia’s sweetest peaches, Dickey Farms is the essence of our brand. Through dedication and service, Dickey Farms continues to bring us sun ripened peach goodness second to none preserved in their products. For over a century, this sustainable Georgia grower and peach packing company has held dear the Georgia Peach, an ancient Asian fruit favorably cultivated in the red clay of Georgia. Dickey Farms is patronized by Upson County residents who aim to do our part to keep this Georgia grower thriving. Drift back a moment in time to the happiest and sweetest days of laughter and fun with friends and family. If you are like me, to remember the sweetest times somehow always brings summer days of Georgia on My Mind. When we experience the Georgia Grown harvest season, the air is filled with aromas coming from perpetual peach orchards, abundant with the sweetest peaches on the planet. A short drive from Thomaston along Musella’s main street, is our state’s oldest continuously operated peach packing house, Dickey Farms, since 1897, the heart of bountiful Georgia Grown Peaches. We enjoyed Dickey Farms Peach Ice Cream on the popular packing house porch filled with white rocking chairs last summer along with many of our Upson friends and neighbors. Now it is delightful to find locally available an assortment of Peach Products including Jellies with Mayhaw and Jalepeno. You will also enjoy Dickey Farms Old Fashioned Peach Butter, and, of course, the one fruit every family wants served with holiday dinners is Pickled Peaches with whole cloves and cinnamon sticks in each jar. Dickey Farms has preserved the sweetness of the harvest in their Peach Syrup with a long cinnamon stick in every bottle. It is delicious over yogurts and ice creams and is a best seller for Peach Iced Teas. Juicy, sweet peaches are preserved in an array of farm fresh products to enjoy throughout the fall and into the holidays. From the sweetest summer peaches comes the most refreshing fall Peach Ciders. Delight again in the summer days of Georgia by opening a jar of Dickey Farms Old Fashion Peach Preserves. For award winning recipes, I invite you to visit GaPeaches.com, where you will find delicious and nutritious menu items using the Peach Salsas, Vinaigrettes, Hot Sauce, BBQ Sauce and Preserves. Add the sauces or preserves to Ginger and Peach Chicken or enjoy grilling this fall with Grilled Chicken Salad with Peach Salsa and Peach Vinaigrette. Grilled Chicken Salad with Peach Salsa, courtesy of Dickey Farms, GaPeaches.com 2 T. lime juice 2 T. honey 1 T. soy sauce 1 T seeded, finely minced jalapeno pepper 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast halves 8 cups mixed fresh salad greens 1/4 cup Cilantro Peach Vinaigrette 1 t. prepared horseradish 1-1/3 c. Peach Salsa 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted To make marinade, in a small bowl, combine lime juice, honey, soy sauce and jalapeno pepper. Place chicken in a shallow container or zip-top plastic bag and cover with marinade. Marinate at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. Remove chicken from marinade, discard marinade. Preheat grill and cook chicken until done, (about 5 minutes on each side over medium hot coals). Let chicken stand for 5 minutes, then cut into thin strips. Meanwhile, toss salad greens in Vinaigrette and arrange on a large serving platter or on 4 individual serving plates. Top evenly with chicken, Peach Salsa and pecans. Yield: 4 servings Serve your family dinner with sweetness preserved the way Dickey Peaches does best. Enjoy these preserved Georgia Grown products and find them now locally at Bluebird Market or online at GaPeaches.com. You may also find Dickey Farms Peach Products at their booth at the Georgia National Fair coming in October. Dickey Peach Products make an ideal gratitude gift for the holiday season. How lovely it is, as a resident of the Peach State, to be a fortunate patron in the delicious art of preserving the sweetness of Dickey Farms Peaches.   Enrich your life on Saturdays at the Bluebird Market. Explore with us each week to discover simple ways we can affordably contribute to sustainable and renewable eco-friendly living. Find resources online at http://www.yougottabekidding.org and http://www.bluebirdmarket.com. Follow Middle Georgia Who’s Who http://www.twitter.com/peachiest.

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Planet Garden Million Dollar Wreath Project

Posted in Sustainable Column by planetgarden on September 28, 2009

The Million Dollar Wreath Project aims to redirect a million dollars of holiday buying power into our community where it belongs with our local people.

The Million Dollar Wreath Project aims to redirect a million dollars of holiday buying power into our community where it belongs with our local people.

 

We have a little project going called a pro bono project which means it’s an everybody project where we all benefit…for the good of all.  I call it the Million Dollar Wreath Project.  That is a manner of expression for people who believe in Do-It-Yourself, take what you are given and make something fabulous of great value.  The reason I use the wreath as a symbol is because I found gorgeous fresh Eucalyptus where a homeowner had trimmed their tree and stated I could have all I wanted because the tree needed pruning.

 

After collecting a truck load of this prized anti-viral plant and bringing it to Bluebird Market, we offer it in our Handmade Christmas Countdown as one of the workshops.  We add some pretty ribbons, put a little tender care in the shape and behold, a fabulous wreath with a comparable value of a hundred dollars at the Merchandise Mart, is being created by talented Do-It-Yourself Bluebird Fans.

 

So here is how we want to create great value in our Pro Bono project.

For the next month during October we will be taking orders from everyone who wants to redirect their holiday spending to local people.  During November and December we will be delivering/shipping the most beautiful gift baskets you will ever see filled to the brim with local products from our Middle Georgia people.

 

For businesses, when gifts are sent over the holidays to clients and friends, my request is redirect your buying power to our hometown people.  It is no longer prestigious to buy from Atlanta malls or chain super stores with out-of-town boardrooms.  The most prestigious gift of this holiday season is a local assortment that makes the priceless statement, “Our business thinks globally but acts locally.  We buy local!”

 

During the month of October, bring your holiday gift list to Bluebird Market and be a part of the Million Dollar Wreath project to redirect one million holiday buying-power dollars into our community rather than to far away board rooms. When we redirect locally it is pro bono, for the good of all.

 

Enrich your life on Saturday at the Bluebird Market. Explore with us each week to discover simple ways we can affordably contribute to sustainable and renewable eco-friendly living. Find resources online at www.yougottabekidding.org and http://www.bluebirdmarket.com.

Planet Garden Sow in Tears, Reap in Joy

Posted in Sustainable Column by planetgarden on September 28, 2009

When John Wesley gave his sermon at Christ Church on St. Simon’s Island at one of our country’s early Thanksgivings, it was centered on the verse in the King James edition, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” Psalm 126:5.  I have a little blue book offered by this church, where I worshiped on my honeymoon, that shares this priceless message.

 

We have had a long hot summer at Bluebird Market and I am very amazed and impressed with our local vendors that were there for us steady as rain.  The respect for the steadfastness of these local growers, bakers and artisans is high during the test of hot summer days in Middle Georgia.

 

Now fall is here and the weather is cooler and the leaves are falling and it is time to reap together the rewards for our local people that have been working and believing that the day will come when we are better.

 

I continue to hear the comment about our hometown, there is nothing here. 

 

Words have power and my response to depleted, emptiness thinking rather than abundance and overflow is this, I am here, you are here, we are here.  This is our hometown and we can choose any place on the planet to live.  We have chosen Thomaston.  We like it here.  We are going to stay here.  Let’s bring about the abundance and love in our community that we are meant to have.  We haven’t got time for the pain.

 

It is fall.  The wheat is in the field. We have done the work, paid the price, sowed in tears.

Now we are going to come together and reap in joy.  Let’s don’t even give power to bygone painful experiences that are part of being alive. Look around and see what we have right here. Beautiful people and a lovely village in a great country.  We don’t have time to give pain and loss any power in our life.  Take care of ourselves, live in a healthy manner.  Focus on wellness and use whatever strength and energy we have to work together to make it better for all. Assist each other bringing about our best from this moment forward. Everyone has something to give.

 

We have sowed in tears.  Now we will reap in joy.

 

Enrich your life on Saturday at the Bluebird Market. Explore with us each week to discover simple ways we can affordably contribute to sustainable and renewable eco-friendly living. Find resources online at www.yougottabekidding.org and http://www.bluebirdmarket.com.

Planet Garden El.evate

Posted in Sustainable Column by planetgarden on September 28, 2009

Last year a ladies Bible Study that I was fortunate to participate in taught us about the names of God and what they mean which was a learning experience for me that I still find valuable.  This week I learned about a new local youth group that has coined a name for their group called El.evate.

As part of the Bible message about God, El.evate is modeled after His names like El..Shaddai, El Elyon and others.  In our community, El.evate means raise up our God, lives, neighbors and community.  In the dictionary it means lift up, make higher, raise in status, improve morally, intellectually, or culturally and raise the spirits of people.

 

It is so fortunate for our community over the summer to have worked together in elevating a neighborhood Farmers and Artisan Market. This effort certainly has raised the spirits of people who have participated on some level. It is such a meaningful project because I know it could not have been accomplished by any one person or group.  It came about by a community spirit second to none.  The market is a place where we can come together to focus on ways we are alike.  We want a happy family, nutritious foods and a loving, hope filled, safe hometown for our children.

 

As we continue to El.evate and raise each other up, I want to say thank you to everyone who did their part to build a little Farmers’ Market for our hometown.  Especially, I like the way Mego and Gaye Haralu believed in this project from Day One in the middle of last winter when I spoke to them about my hope to develop a community garden.  Gaye is certainly the Girl Next Door in Thomaston with a love of Southern Culture and a fondness of her family foundation locally. Her little edible Montessori schoolyard brings to focus the issue that our children deserve farm fresh foods like apples and salads during their school day. And Gaye’s husband, Mego, has a bright mind and loving spirit that I adore. 

 

My personal life experience when Mr. Woodruff chose Mr. Robert Goizueta to lead a top American company is one to draw on.  The culture in this company was initially stunned but gradually accepted him and eventually absolutely revered Mr. Goizueta who led the company to a high point.  I am not a prophet but personally it is my belief that when we are open to loving, sound thinking it can be a powerful awakening to a better day.

 

So as we garden and sell our vegetables in the little neighborhood Farmers’ Market, I continue to be thankful every day for everyone who has been pulling for community efforts to take root and Grow Peace and love and a higher place for our local people.  Let’s continue to El.evate each other and sustainable living initiatives.

 

Enrich your life on Saturday at the Bluebird Market. Explore with us each week to discover simple ways we can affordably contribute to sustainable and renewable eco-friendly living. Find resources online at www.yougottabekidding.org and http://www.bluebirdmarket.com.

Planet Garden Self-Taught Art

Posted in Sustainable Column by planetgarden on September 23, 2009

Everyone who loves the self taught artist will love the Fall Folk Art Show and Sale this Saturday at our neighborhood Bluebird Farmers’ Market. I simply adore the individual who paints, sculpts, or creates pottery from the heart and soul. If you know of a creative local person that works in any type of self-taught arts, please invite them to the Show and Sale this Saturday at Bluebird Market from 8 am until noon. There will be a free community Earlybird Breakfast of Harvest Apple Wheat Pancakes with Cider Syrup. New vendors are welcome. I find the study of how communities unfold in self expression a fascinating measure of development. The imagination is mysterious and because Folk Art is for those outside of the schooled arts, these self-taught artisans bring pure interpretations that are cherished and welcome at Bluebird Market. We learn from many fine techniques and practices that are taught in the world of art. When I was younger I studied at the High Museum and was a Children’s Guide through the museum. We were taught amazing ways to really see art that I still practice and am so fortunate to have studied and acquired. The lessons were also part of learning how to give tours at the Swan House to better understand the arts, fabrics, furnishings and art history of the home. I completely appreciate fine arts and the schools of art. However, some of my very favorite art, is much beloved Southern Folk Art. Folk Art sells in ranges from $5.00 to $50,000 for museum quality collectibles. The pieces that are considered Folk Art are not country crafts. Examples of Folk Art are religious inspired pieces, cutouts that are made from tin, carvings of wood-relief and environmental sculpture gardens created from found objects. Folk art is the artisans way of recycling or upcycling to repurpose refuse and unwanted items into creations that touch the soul. The raw expressions of the folk artisan are not conformed and bring us genuine creative passion, and that is becoming more cherished. Because of the urban influence and computers and chainstores, it is rare, and of great value, to find an untouched rural culture with Folk Artisans that create from an authentic local experience. That is why I so adore venues that now bring our local people into the light. We have many undiscovered artists in Thomaston and I have seen garden pottery that belongs in a museum sold at Bluebird Market. Folk Artists don’t seek the art world, the art world finds them. We are still undiscovered. So I am excited to bring everyone together at Bluebird who creates with the freedom of expression that is so pure having not been schooled in the arts. It is refreshing and the finds are amazing. I invite you to take a look at the art pieces like paintings, metal arts, pottery and more to discover what life experiences are present and how they speak to you this Saturday at the Bluebird Market Fall Folk Artisan Show and Sale. It is my belief many of these self-taught individuals have created folk art pieces that belong in a museum.   Enrich your life on Saturday at the Bluebird Market. Explore with us each week to discover simple ways we can affordably contribute to sustainable and renewable eco-friendly living. Find resources online at http://www.yougottabekidding.org and http://www.bluebirdmarket.com.

Planet Garden Pinwheels for Peace

Posted in Sustainable Column by planetgarden on September 13, 2009

In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word. On September 19, 2009, Bluebird Market plans to take part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace in the community Bluebird Victory Garden at 215 Barnesville Street in Thomaston.
Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on September 21st – there were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world. Last year (year 4), 2008, over 2.3 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,000 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America. Locally, Bluebird Market, will be coordinating the Pinwheels for Peace project this year.
This project is non-political – peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind. To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”
Bluebird Market will create pinwheels, pinwheels of all shapes and sizes – as part of the creation process, students, scouts, and Market guests will write their thoughts about “war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others” on one side. On the other side, they will draw, paint, collage, etc. to visually express their feelings. Scouts may then earn the Pinwheels for Peace Patch through their Scouting program. The students, scouts, and guests will assemble these pinwheels and on Saturday, September 19th, to make a difference for International Day of Peace they will “plant” their pinwheels in the community garden in Thomaston at 215 Barnesville Street, as a public statement and art exhibit. We invite you to come out on Monday, September 21st, the actual International Day of Peace, and walk through the garden to tour the exhibit.
On September 21, 2009, keep a lookout for the pinwheels – the spinning of the pinwheels in the wind will spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world!
For more information, go to http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com or contact Bluebird Market at 404-300-9519 or http://www.bluebirdmarket.com, Email: bluebirdmarket@gmail.com.

Planet Garden Organic Living

Posted in Sustainable Column by planetgarden on September 13, 2009

Organic Living is now understood by many to be an organized way of living according to sustainable principles. It is our aim that our hometown better sustain it’s beautiful ways of life like home victory gardens, repurposing through yard sales and buying from local producers. To do that we hope to organize some Key Leaders to voice requests and practical, managable solutions. Who are the Key Leaders in our hometown? You might not recognize the fact that you are a Key Leader. Do you have a small group of neighbors, co-workers, friends, or family that you aim to bring about a good and lasting impact for? I see Key Leaders everywhere being helpful and assisting others to sustain in our hometown. If you have a small center of influence that you are leading, do you have a place to voice your needs? Because many have shared in the community garden, we are open to assisting others in worthwhile efforts, like becoming a vendor at the neighborhood farmers’ market.
 
There are many challenges and true valuable wisdom solutions being offered by local people at Bluebird Market each Saturday.  I invite you to come and share your wisdom.  It is a fantastic learning experience each week.  For example last week, Bob James, from James Family Farm, shared with us the simple steps he has taken to grow the same variety of peppers for 25 years from saving seeds each year and not cross-pollinating.  Steadfastly he brings us these heirloom varieties of produce and soon will add many more fall greens and veggies now growing.
We want to bring together Key Leaders into a local Network and begin to talk together and work together on benefits for all that would bring about sustainable and organic living. It is not always finances that bring about positive living. Often if we communicate our needs and knock on doors, one will open to us. I believe it is a way of thinking, believing and doing. If we practice helpful, whole ways we will better thrive as we are intended. The aim is to network together to meet challenges each leader is now facing to bring about sustainable living in our hometown. When we have been impacted, as I have, by another sharing and helpful person, they might not even realize how uplifting their encouragement has been. Lets find encouraging whole living solutions. Have you noticed how when we work together, often we bring wellness to both parties?
Some people desire a lotto ticket type solution, from a thought that they could not possibly do it themselves, like a stimulus check in the mail or another big bailout idea that might happen but depends totally on someone else…making us dependent. I am a lover of do-it-yourself independence–a strong principle in organic living. Let’s do what we can on our own then connect and do even more together.
There is value in every soul in our hometown and each of us has something to give. But sometimes we need a Key Leader to invite, bring along, encourage, or break a barrier so we can present our best forward. Let’s individually focus on how our hometown can grow, rebuild and thrive organically, for each other.
It is so lovely here and the aim is for one and all to experience their personal and best way of whole living that brings the highest potential. I have heard some creative vision that could transform our hometown into a more productive, vibrant and sustainable place to live for all. If you are a Key Leader, and want to voice needs in your sphere of influence or offer assistance to others for the good of all, we invite you to join. Lets give a try to network together for hometown whole living requests and solutions. Sign up free today on a private Thomaston forum and voice one short organic living thought. http://www.twitter.com/organichometown.
In living organisms, if each cell is healthy and productive, then the life is better able to sustain and thrive as a whole. Let’s translate that to our community to bring vibrant, alive and healthy organic living.
 
Enrich your life on Saturday at the Bluebird Market. Explore with us each week to discover simple ways we can affordably contribute to sustainable and renewable eco-friendly living. Find resources online at www.yougottabekidding.org and http://www.bluebirdmarket.com. Join whole living advocates on http://www.twitter.com/organichometown

Planet Garden Rebuilding a Thriving Home Network

Posted in Sustainable Column by planetgarden on September 13, 2009

Rebuilding a Thriving Home Network by Patti Robinson
We are learning so much this fall while we continue to work towards a revitalized hometown network of people coming together weekly at our neighborhood local farmers’ market. Our hometown has amazing and talented local people and it is such an honor to offer a venue to bring their handcrafted arts and harvest to share. Every time we buy from a local producer, 3 valuable investments are made that very moment for our hometown network. The first investment is encouragement with an immediate stimulus to that local producer to keep going and keep believing in their own ability to bring a product to market and hatch a small business. The second investment is a way of doing business in growing our neighborhood market venue open to all. The third and most vital investment we make is in rebuilding our hometown network.
We are putting together a directory that will be available soon and if your family or business would like to be listed among those who want hometown products, please email us at bluebirdmarket@gmail.com. This directory will make it simple to contact local goods and service providers. If you need a party cake, call a local person to bake it, rather than call a supermarket. If you need soap for your home, order from a local soap maker. What about candles for Christmas entertaining? Our local people are making candles that smell so good and you will be able to find them in the Bluebird Directory and give them a call to order. We have a hometown that has such a fine reputation for service second to none and a local directory provides us with quick access to that network. Almost every week someone comes by asking for more soap, sweet potato pies, or tomato basil bread. Usually they state that they didn’t know how to contact the vendor locally. That contact information in a local directory is one solution to better build our hometown network.

When you make a small purchase of a homemade soy candle, bar of soap, sweet potato pie, pair of handcrafted earrings, homegrown veggies, or jar of local honey, you have instantly invested in our hometown for the good of all. Thank you for your loyal support of our locally grown and made shopping network.
September in Georgia has brought us local muscadine season and this week Artisan Jewelry Day. If you have ever wanted a custom made signature piece of jewelry as a gift or for yourself, you may speak with a jewelry artisan at Bluebird Market. Last Saturday, we had such fun on the Christmas Countdown. As we get ready to auto-pilot our holidays, we worked to make wreaths out of locally grown Eucalyptus. This was especially meaningful because of the anit-viral properties of the Eucalyptus oils now that flu season is upon us. Each person who came out has a fragrant, long lasting and beneficial wreath that they made themselves as the first item on the countdown. The supply cost is only $5.00 weekly and everyone is welcome at 10 am.
The home network of people that are learning about healthy nutrition and do-it-yourself practices is growing. One example of how that network is helpful is when I spilled boiling hot syrup on my hand. One guest at the market suggested that I put table mustard on it. I have used aloe and other natural remedies but table mustard was new to me. I was skeptical but tried it and the redness and pain immediately went away and did not return. Yellow mustard will now be a part of my first aid kit for minor burn relief and I did not suffer from the burn because of a person who shared a natural solution that works.
Many like-minded people are not waiting to be rescued with a stimulus, but have taken small steps to Do-It-Yourself. I am so impressed with everyone who came out for the Yardcycle 2 last week and bought items like a lovely oriental style area rug for only $5.00 and a nice set of china for only $2.00. What a great way to go green by finding new purpose and value for unwanted items.
The network of people who are producing locally is growing every day and those that are our local patrons are blessing us all right here in the town we call home. This week you will find local artisan jewelry makers, christmas crafts, muscadines, soy candles, fresh local produce that tastes delicious and is nutritious, canned pepper sauce so good on fall greens, sweet potato pies, apple pies, honey wheat bread, Bee-a-Readers, and so much more at our little neighborhood farmers’ market–the hometown network we are building together for the good of all.
Enrich your life on Saturday at the Bluebird Market. Explore with us each week to discover simple ways we can affordably contribute to sustainable and renewable eco-friendly living. Find resources online at www.yougottabekidding.org and http://www.bluebirdmarket.com

Planet Garden Muscadine Recipes

Posted in Sustainable Column by planetgarden on September 1, 2009

Muscadine Recipes

This Upson County Vineyard has continuously grown muscadines for over 70 years and sold muscadines to Callaway Gardens for 19 years.Hunt's Muscadines are prized for the thin hull and extra flavorful juices.These Upson County Muscadines were sold in 3 counties last season and will be available this Labor Day at Bluebird MarketMy college trips with family traveling from Auburn to Thomaston brought us through Pine Mountain and the decision on the trip was always do we want to go over the mountain? Often we would stop at Callaway’s Country Store for Georgia Stone Ground Grits and a jar of Muscadine Sauce. At that time I didn’t know who was growing the delicious and nutritious muscadines we enjoyed in Callaway’s Preserves and Sauces for over 19 years but now, fortunately, because it is a small world after all, I do. This Upson County Vineyard has grown Hunt’s All Purpose Muscadine Grapes continuously for over 70 years. An amazing local grower! Early on many cool, fall mornings in the country, I have made Muscadine Syrup to serve warm over pancakes. The beautiful bright reddish-pink colored muscadine syrup is filled with an amazing health benefit-Resveratrol. Muscadine Wines contain over 5 times more RESVERATROL than ordinary red wines. Now is the time to make muscadine jelly and pancake syrup and eat some of the most delicious and nutritious muscadines of the season. After Labor Day in Middle Georgia is the best season for muscadines available locally at Bluebird Market. Hunt’s All Purpose Muscadine Grape is the choice grape used for 19 years to make Callaway’s Muscadine Sauce, Jelly, Preserves and Ice Cream. One reason this grape was chosen as second to none and better than their own is the grape variety. Hunt’s Muscadine variety has a thin hull and a highly prized, flavor-filled juice. This grape was developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Hunt at the Georgia Department of Agriculture. It is from a wild Georgia Muscadine and a French grape. An Atlanta banker planted 15 acres of Hunt’s grapes in an Upson County Vineyard during the 1930 depression and Mr. Hughlon Ferguson later sold this vineyard to the current owners. These Upson County grown grapes have been sold as far north as Virginia to wineries. Natalie DuPree Cooking School brought a GPTV film crew to the Vineyard to record the harvesting process of locally grown Georgia muscadines in Upson County. It is an honor to offer these highly treasured family recipes from this amazing Upson County Vineyard. Family Tested Recipes Used for Over 50 Years for Finest Muscadine Flavors Muscadine Sauce 5 lbs. grape pulp and ground hulls 2 1/2 lbs. sugar 2 and 1/2 t. powdered cinnamon 2 teaspoons powdered mace 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves Wash and crush grapes. Separate hulls and pulp. Heat pulp with juice and put through a colander to remove seed. Grind hulls in a food chopper using fine blade. Combine deseeded pulp, juice and hulls. Cook until hulls are tender. Add sugar and spices. Cook very slowly, stirring repeatedly, until the mixture is very thick, with a jelly like consistency. Pack hot in pre-heated jars and seal. Makes 8 pints. Muscadine Syrup 1 lb. muscadine grapes 1 lb. sugar 1 c. water Cook deseeded grapes slowly with sugar until hulls are tender about 15 minutes adding water to make syrup as desired thickness. Strain. Serve warm. This is a delicious rich purple red syrup to serve hot on pancakes or ice cream. Muscadine Wines contain over 5 times more RESVERATROL than ordinary red wines. Muscadine Conserve 2 cups Muscadine Concentrate 1 cup chopped nuts 1/2 cup raisins 1 orange shredded 2 cups sugar Muscadine Concentrate: Separate pulp and skins. Add enough cold water to skins to prevent scorching. Cook until tender. Put pulp on to heat in separate kettle. When soft, put through colander to remove seeds. Add pulp to the skins and measure concentrate. Muscadine Conserve: For each 2 cups of concentrate, add nuts, raisins, orange and sugar measured as above. Remove from heat and stir well. Pack in hot, sterile jars. Seal and set on rack in hot water bath. Pour boiling water in to cover tops of jars. Allow to stand until water is cold and lids pop. Muscadine Preserves 1 lb. muscadines 1 lb. sugar Cook de-seeded until tender, add water as needed. Add sugar and cook until jelly test is reached. May add pectin per directions if grapes are very ripe. Pack in hot jars and seal.