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The History of the First Pecan Trees in St. Marys, Georgia

The History of the First Pecan Trees in St. Marys, Georgia
Recently, Bag-A-Nut's CEO, Caleb Dudley, and his wife, Shama (also Bag-A-Nut's Marketing Manager), were visiting St. Marys, Georgia on business. They had no idea they would encounter the site of where the first pecan trees were planted around 1840.

Caleb's grandfather, James Dudley, came up with the idea for the Bag-A-Nut harvester in 1988. After spending a weekend in Georgia picking up pecans on his hands and knees, he knew there had to be a better way, so he invented the first Bag-A-Nut machine.

When the opportunity came up to visit the site where first pecan trees were planted, Caleb and Shama were immediately intrigued. They were leaving the downtown area by St. Marys Waterfront and noticed a bunch of pecan trees. "We found it by accident," Caleb said. They learned from a marker near Weed Street that these trees had an interesting history.

The maker states:
" Grown from pecan nuts found floating at sea by Captain Samuel F. Flood and planted by his wife, nee Rebecca Grovenstine on Block 47. The remainder of these nuts were planted by St. Joseph Sebastian Arnow in the north half of Block 26.

These first plantings produced large and heavy-bearing trees, as did their nuts and shoots in turn. Taken from St. Marys to distant points throughout southeastern states, they became famous before the Texas pecans were generally known." -Georgia Historical Commission 1953

The fact they stumbled upon this site without looking for it was pretty incredible. Caleb reflects on that day saying "It was like the birthplace of perfection or the Garden of Eden in America...for pecan lovers." Now, this rich history gives more insight into these beautiful trees and the delicious pecans they bear.

Sources: https://digitalcommons.unf.edu/historical_architecture_main/4891/

2018 Best Pecan Pie Recipe

2018 Best Pecan Pie Recipe
Every year Bag-A-Nut goes to the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, GA. For the past 6 years, we have been staying at a fancy bed and breakfast, which I look forward to because of all the amazing meals and delicious desserts. My all-time favorite is the Pecan Pie. I convinced Ann, the bed and breakfast owner, to let me share her recipe.

The Many Uses of Pinecones

The Many Uses of Pinecones

 

Autumn is finally approaching!  That means cooler weather, holidays, pumpkin everything, and decorations.  

You might be surprised that something in your backyard can help you spice things up this fall.  Pinecones can be found in large quantities and you may see them as just a part of nature, or even a nuisance.  But they are beautiful and can be used in a variety of different ways. Pinecones are an ideal addition to many decorations, games, and crafts. 

There are numerous ways to incorporate pinecones creatively with kids.  You can create a scavenger hunt by hiding them and whoever finds the most wins.  Gather a few craft components like glitter, paint, and construction paper to create all kinds of fun activities.

Pinecones are perfect for holiday crafts as well.  They can be turned into a variety of different animals.  Spiders for Halloween, turkeys for Thanksgiving, and reindeer for Christmas.  Create a heart-shaped wreath for Valentine's day or make a Christmas wreath with pinecones, holly, bells, and bows.  They look great with Christmas lights and make fun Christmas tree ornaments. 

Pinecones are so versatile, they can be used in home décor year round.  If you can find enough, they're a free way to liven up any space in your home.  Place them in a decorative bowl or tray with candles for a simple centerpiece.  They can easily be painted or bleached so you can make them any color you want.  You can also make a cost free bird feeder with pinecones.  

 
Don't let your pinecones go to waste.  Pick them up with our Bag-A-Nut Pinecone model and start using them for any of these ideas.  Check out Pinterest for more options.  The possibilities are truly endless!