Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sorghum Season!

Country Rock Sorghum Cane, Woodford County, Kentucky

In spite of drought and extreme heat, M81E sorghum cane looked fine on Congleton Farm in Woodford County, Kentucky last week. Country Rock Sorghum partners Curtis Congleton and Randal Rock have cooked a batch of Sugar Drip and one of KN Morris so far in the 2012 season.

Country Rock sorghum in the making

We are grateful for sorghum cane's amazing drought tolerance, one of its many earth-friendly qualities. Grateful, too, for the science, artistry, and near wizardry of cultivating and pressing the cane, preparing it for cooking, and then cooking it to perfection one more time.

Warm, fresh, 2012 Country Rock Sorghum ready for lids

 The larger world is learning about sweet sorghum syrup. That's good for the world, good for Kentucky growers and producers, good for those of us who eat this nutritious wonder food, and good for the communities where sorghum is produced.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sweet, Sweet Sorghum in Edible Louisville

Sweet people at the independent, local Carmichael's Bookstore in Louisville (wonderful place - please buy their books!) shepherded Sweet, Sweet Sorghum into the handsome January-February 2012 edition of Edible Louisville. Read the well-written piece here!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sweetness (and Puppets) at Horse Cave

Sweet, Sweet Sorghum goes on a road trip on June 30. By invitation, we will be part of the Horse Cave Bookfest in historic Horse Cave, Kentucky, from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT, at 112 East Main Street. We will join more than 100 authors, including lots of other Kentucky writers and lots of cookbook writers. We plan to have fun, and we plan to include you in that fun if you can come.

Bonus: Horse Cave is less then 20 miles from that "grand, gloomy, and peculiar place," Mammoth Cave, at Mammoth Cave National Park. Mammoth Cave is the world's longest known cave system.

Don't like caves? Just find a shady spot under a tree, or a cozy spot in a small café, and indulge in reading Sweet, Sweet Sorghum.

I'm intrigued, too, because a lot of American music is going to be happening all around this book event. Here is information about the festival organizers have provided about that:

Horse Cave’s merchants, The Bookstore and Two Bears and a Dog Books are pleased
to announce their joint collaboration in producing Horse Cave BookFest 2012, featuring
Kentucky author and national author book signings, publishers and book dealers.
Horse Cave BookFest 2012 is scheduled for Saturday, June 30, 2012 and will take
place in conjunction with the New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music.

The City of Horse Cave, in cooperation with the Kentucky Humanities Council, will
explore this and other aspects of America’s roots music as it hosts the local showing of
New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, a Smithsonian Institution traveling
exhibition. New Harmonies will be on view beginning June 16, 2012 and continuing
through July 28, 2012.

When you stop and listen, you quickly realize that music is all around us -- at a local
festival, at a dance hall on a Saturday night, or on your radio or your .mp3 player.
Whether you’re hearing blues, country western, folk, or gospel, American roots music
reveals the American story – peoples reshaping themselves in a new and changing
world. As Americans from a variety of heritages shared cultural influences, musicians
found new ways to play unique sounds learned from new neighbors on traditional
instruments. The inevitable intermingling of musical influences created exciting new
sounds – new American music.

Horse Cave and the surrounding community have been expressly chosen by the
Kentucky Humanities Council to host New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots
Music as part of the Museum on Main Street project – a national/state/local partnership
to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.

Through a selection of photographs, recordings, instruments, lyrics and artist profiles,
New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music will explore the distinct cultural
identities of American roots music forms. The exhibition will examine the progression of
American roots music, as rich and eclectic as our country itself. Other musical genres
profiled include zydeco, tejano, bluegrass and klezmer.

Monday, April 9, 2012

A sweet sorghum cousin shows a lot of promise

This is great news about improvements in grain-type sorghum, a relative of sweet sorghum, that shares sweet sorghum's drought tolerance. With plant breeding (not genetic engineering) scientists have developed a sorghum that does not develop dangerous prussic acid during extreme droughts, and so can be fed to animals.