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Ben and Janin Bruce own and operate The Honey
Shack in Homerville. The Trail 37 stop gives people
a chance to see where honey comes from and to buy
fresh, high-quality products.
Continued from page 30
" Being a coastal agritourism trail is unique to
us, " says Patrick Holladay, Trail 17's association president.
" All our farms and other agribusinesses have
the coastal character that really helps set us apart. "
Another Trail 17 initiative is the Georgia
Oyster Trail.
" We are in the beginning stages of creating a
platform to showcase Georgia oysters, both farmed
and wild, through tourism and marketing, " he says.
" Georgia Grown Trail 17 is partnered with [the
University of Georgia] Marine Extension and Georgia
Sea Grant for this initiative, and it will be a part of
Georgia Grown Trail 17's leadership and not a
stand-alone organization. We also have advisory
partners with Oyster South [a nonprofit organization
that works to promote successful oyster farming
in the South] and The Nature Conservancy and
a few others. "
The trails not only offer visitors a variety of rural
experiences but also support agritourism in Georgia.
" The trails are a huge benefit to the state
because they give tourists an actual, physical path
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to travel to see the unique agricultural spots we have to offer in addition to
other attractions in Georgia, " says Victoria Whiddon, past president of
Trail 41's association.
For example, a stop on Trail 41 is Greenway Farms of Georgia in
Roberta, which produces pasture-raised meats, pasteurized eggs and
handcrafted pickles, sauces, jellies and jams.
Connell advises anyone planning to visit stops along a Georgia Grown
Trail to check with each venue in advance. It's important to remember that
the ideal time to go is when products featured along the trail-such as
blueberries, peaches and pecans-are in season.
" You can't go to Lakeland and visit the olive farm and see olives any
other time but about August and September, " he says.
For Vidalia onions, the prime time to visit is between March and May,
when they are ready to harvest.
Helping to develop the trails has certainly been rewarding for all
involved, including Connell, whose main objective has always been to
spread the word about " nature's favorite state and what all we grow here. "
" You very seldom get to see anything that you have had a hand in
envisioning go from idea to reality and then, when it's 10 years later, still
be a reality, " he says. " It's just been very gratifying to me from a personal
standpoint to have been involved in the creation of something that was
essentially a new idea. "
Victoria Scharf DeCastro is a freelance writer based in Suwanee.
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