In Season: Sorghum Syrup

If you’ve never tasted sorghum on a hot buttered biscuit, you’ve only half lived.

In the mountain South it’s known as long sweetnin’ for its lingering rich-as-honey finish. Steeped in backcountry tradition, sorghum syrup making is an art--a magical, end-of-summer alchemy bottled in a mason jar.

To Buy
Look for 100% pure sorghum syrup at farm stands or specialty markets, or order online. Unlike molasses, sorghum has a buttery complexity.

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To Store
Tuck it into a dark kitchen cupboard, ready to drizzle over baked apples, hot cornbread, or a down-home version of caramel macchiato.

To Cook
Substitute it in equal amounts for corn syrup, maple syrup, honey, or molasses in recipes.

To Party
Syrup-making festivals with hand-harvested sorghum cane and mule-drawn presses are held across the South from late August to mid-October.


Sorghum syrup-making festivals with hand-harvested sorghum cane and mule-drawn presses are held across the South from late August to mid-October. One of the largest festivals, in the beautiful mountain town of Blairsville, Georgia spans two weekends--October 9-10 and 16-17.

Mountaineer Folk Festival
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Pikeville TN 37367
September 10-12, 2010

Cades Cove
Smoky Mountains National Park
September 4-6 and 17-19, November 5-7 and 12-14, 2010

Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day
Townsend, TN
September 24, 25, 2010

7th Annual Old Mill Heritage Day
Pigeon Forge, TN
September 25, 2010

Dollywood National Southern Gospel Music & Harvest Celebration
Pigeon Forge, TN
September 29-October 30, 2010 (closed Thursdays)

Fall Homecoming
Museum of Appalachia
Norris, TN
October 7-10, 2010

Music and Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival
Ellington Agriculture Center
Nashville, TN
October 16-17, 2010

36th Annual Midway Fall Festival
Midway, KY
September 18-19, 2010

Morgan County Sorghum Festival
West Liberty, KY
September 24-26, 2010

Shockley’s Old Timey Days
Hillsville, VA
September 25-26, 2010 (rain dates October 2-3)

Murray’s Mill Harvest Folk Festival
Catawba, NC
September 25-26, 2010

Clifford Ruritan Club Sorghum Festival
Clifford, VA
October 2-3, 2010

Harvest Festival
Renfro Valley, KY
October 1-3, 2010

Kentucky Wool Festival
Falmouth, KY
October 1-3, 2010

Sorghum Festival
Michigan City, MS

Burton Sugar Farm
October 2, 2010

Madison County Fair
Marshall, NC
August 26-28, 2010 (Sorghum-making demos August 28)

41st Annual Sorghum Festivals
Blairsville, GA
Meek’s Park
October 9-10 and 16-17, 2010

Voyles’ Sorghum Making
Ava, MO
October 9, 2010

Homestead Festival
Harrisburg, AR
The Whitehall Community
October 9-10, 2010

October Court Days
Mount Sterling, KY
October 15-18, 2010

Old School Sorghum Festival
Garland, NC
October 16, 2010

Prairie Rose Farm Fall Celebration
Pryor, OK
October 16, 2010

Corn Shucking Frolic
Pinnacle, NC
Horne Creek Farm
October 16, 2010

35th Annual Sorghum Day Festival
Wewoka, OK
October 23, 2010


Look for 100% pure sorghum syrup at farm stands and specialty markets (such as Whole Foods), or order online from one of these suppliers. Molasses, a byproduct of sugar making, lacks sorghum’s buttery complexity.

Muddy Pond Sorghum Mill
Monterey, TN

Charles Kramer
Lynnville, IA

Sandhill Farm, Inc.
Rutledge, MO

Hillside Orchard Farms, Inc.
Tiger, GA
706/782-4995 or 866/782-4995

Sorghum Snapshots
View a film clip classic of sorghum syrup making in Flatwoods, Texas--hosted by Mike Seibert, the former District Attorney of

Visit Muddy Pond Sorghum Mill in Monterey, Tennessee.

Or, take a pictorial trip to Onion Creek Farm in Dripping Springs, Texas, and watch the harvest of “Honey Drip” heirloom sweet sorghum


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