Headland, AL (WTVY) The art of syrup making is making a comeback.
Todd Farms Employee Stirring Cane
Said to be a dying trade, local farmers are looking to renew interest in the craft.
Todd Syrup Farm in Headland was home to the first ever Southeastern Syrup Making Field Day.
"We know there is a great demand for you to buy a fresh product from a farm, and not from the grocery store that may have been in transit for 3,000 miles and harvested for about a week," said Joe Todd, Owner of Todd Syrup Farm.
Todd is spearheading the movement in the Wiregrass, as more and more people express renewed interest in the craft. Farmers, extension specialists, and agriculture reps from Alabama, Georgia, and Florida participated.
"It's another one of those areas, we've got a whole get back to the farm and get back to the farmer movement going on across the nation wide… and it's just one of those things is an opportunity for our farmers," said Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries,
Another farmer, Howard Owens traveled from Bonifay Florida to learn more about the syrup making industry.
"We're a small business, we don't make nearly as much the syrup that Mr. Joe does, we probably make only like 200 gallons a year, just a small farm, got about an acre of cane where Mr. Joe has 3 or 4 acres," said Owens.
Making syrup is described as a very tedious process, a nearly 5 step process that takes days to complete.
"It takes a full 8 hour day to cut that stalk down. That doesn't count the time it takes to remove the leaves from it and cut the top.. It doesn't count that time," said Todd.
A long process of getting back to the roots of local syrup farming and consuming and growing the sweet cane right at home.