The story of Purple Ribbon Sugarcane starts over 150 years ago on Sapelo Island on the coast of Georgia. The island was the location of a sugar mill, where the cane was grown, and sugar was milled and shipped around the U.S. For generations only small amounts of variations of the original sugarcane raised in family gardens would survive.
Three years ago Georgia Coastal Gourmet Farms in partnership with Clemson Universty, worked together to bring back this heritage crop and return it to Sapelo Island.
This show is all about the process of having a dream, planting a crop, tending and caring for it, harvesting it, processing it into cane syrup and now in the hands of James Beard award-winning chefs.
The history of sugarcane on Sapelo Island
A legacy of farming and growing sugarcane
The process of growing, harvesting and processing Purple Ribbon Sugarcane
What’s next after bottling?