Old-fashioned ritual

Monday, October 11, 2010

Friends, family and neighbors gathered at the home of Jim Terry in rural Barry County last weekend to take part in a project that had been a long time in coming to fruition. After months of planning, the group had the opportunity to make sorghum molasses. The sorghum cane had ripened and was ready to be pressed through the mill, as demonstrated by Jack Carr, at left, and the syrup collected and boiled down into molasses. The sorghum cane mill, which had sat idle since the last batch of sorghum made by Jim Terry's father in 1987, was put back into action at last weekend's neighborhood event. Several visitors stopped by to visit the farm during the milling and sorghum-making operation, which lasted all day. It takes approximately 100 gallons of raw juice to make eight gallons of sorghum. Democrat Photos

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