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Postcard Swap

As most of you know, we are members of a Classical Conversations group.  Each year we are doing a different history strand (for lack of a better description).  Last year was European history and this year is American history.  Along with American History, we are learning the US Presidents and the states and capitals.  One brilliant mom came up with the idea to do a postcard swap with other CC’ing families across the country.

Because we found the size of the postcard a little too small to include all of the cool things about Georgia, my 10 year old daughter, Jacy, and I have decided to co-write a blog to give a lot of information about Georgia.  We hope you find it useful when researching the gorgeous state of Georgia! :)  Be sure to check out *our* take on Georgia at the bottom of the blog.

We couldn’t find a local business with postcards for Georgia and because we couldn’t find awesome, predesigned postcards, we made our own.  This is what they look like:

 

Now for the facts:

Our postcards list the following fruits and veggies as part of our Southern lifestyle: Peaches, Peanuts, Corn, Watermelon, Vidalia Onions, and Apples
Our family actually grows peanuts and corn (along with cotton).  A long time ago, we had to “pull” peanuts out of the ground by hand and pick them off the vine by hand.  Corn was pulled off of the stalk by hand too.  Now we have HUGE machines that do all of the work for us when it comes to planting and picking the crops.  Below are pictures of our corn crop from 2013.
Peanuts
This is our first year growing peanuts.  We take a peanut seed (a regular peanut that was the best of its kind) and plant them.  Soon bushy peanut plants come out and vines develop off of the bushy plant.  All of these vines attach to the dirt and produce peanuts on them.  Once it’s time to harvest the peanuts, we use a peanut plow to pull the peanut plants out of the ground and FLIP them over.  The plants, with the peanuts still attached, lay upside down for a couple of days to “dry” the peanuts out.  The more moisture that is in the peanuts, the more time they have to spend under the dryer at the peanut buying point.  The more moisture, the more drying, and the more it costs the farmer.
Here’s a video of the peanuts being dumped into the trailer!

 

Watermelons: About an hour north of us sits Cordele, Georgia which some call the Watermelon Capital of the World! Cordele produces some of the sweetest watermelons ever.  Cordele also has multiple watermelon festivals throughout the year.

Vidalia Onions: About 1.5 hours from us happens to be the only place in the world that Vidalia Onions are grown…. with the city of Vidalia sitting right smack dab in the center.  The State of Georgia has also passed a law that prevents any onions grown outside of the Vidalia region from being labeled as a vidalia onion.  The sulfur content in the soil in the area surrounding Vidalia, GA is much lower than any where else and enables the farmers to produce a much sweeter onion.

Apples: It seems as if the soil in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains is prime for growing apples! While most people don’t consider Georgia as an apple producer but  people from all over Tennessee, Alabama, and the Carolinas travel to Georgia for the apples.

PEACHES:  Georgia is most famous for it’s peaches.  The peaches in Georgia are sweet and juicy.

peaches

It seems our soil is great for growing sweet apples, onions, watermelons, and peaches.  Peach orchards in Georgia are usually situated on large tracts of land, some as great at 2,000 acres, making spending the day in a Georgia peach orchard a day long event!

 

Our favorite things: We listed Fried Chicken, Cotton, Cornbread, Tractors, Front Porches, Sunny Days, Bulldogs, College Football, Farmers, Oak Trees, Nature, and Coca Cola

Fried Chicken is one of our all time favorites! We have more independently owned fried chicken restaurants than we do chain restaurants!!! Cornbread also falls in this category! Here’s a recipe for fantastic cornbread from Jacy’s great, great grandmother:

Memaw’s Cornbread

  • 3 eggs
  • 7tbspoons oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup fine grown cornmeal (do not use cornbread mix)
  • Tsp salt
  • Tsp baking powder

Mix this all together and pour into a greased cast iron skillet.  Bake on 350 degrees for about 45 minutes!

College Football & English Bulldogs

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Uga (the dog) attempts to bite the Auburn player!

We also love college football and the best college team ever is the Georgia Bulldogs! The Bulldogs represent the University of Georgia and although they don’t win each time, true “Dawgs” fans love them no matter what.  The Florida State Seminoles are also popular here, mainly because of our extremely close proximity to Tallahassee, FL.  We actually breed English Bulldog puppies.  We started doing this about 10 years ago and completely love it.  We’ve met a lot of cool people from all over the country because of this!

 

 

 

 

 

Coca-Cola was created by Dr. John S. Pemberton in Atlanta.  There’s a Coca-Cola museum in Atlanta now and people visit it all throughout the year! Find out more about the creation of Coca-Cola here!

Nature in South Georgia is magnificent!!!!! Look at some of our favorite snapshots during the last year or so, showing the nature/oak trees/and wildlife in the South!

 

Learn about Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Little White House, and Warm Springs here!

Thanks so much for reading about our great state! You can find the normal facts about Georgia:

Here

And Here

And Here

 

Jacy and I hope you’ve enjoyed our blog about Georgia!  We tried to find interesting facts and pictures because Georgia is INTERESTING! We are so much more than the simple facts about our state bird, flag, governor, etc.

And to those who swapped cards with us in the beginning, thanks for the grace and understanding you gave us!  Sometimes life just happens, no matter what else we have going on!

In Christian Love,
Windy

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