Moultrie Observer

Agriculture

June 2, 2014

Agritourism trail officially opens

SPARKS — Stretching from Fort Gaines at the Georgia-Alabama border to Homerville and passing through Moultrie, Georgia Grown Trail 37 is Georgia’s first official agri-tourism highway. Business owners, legislators and supporters gathered Monday at the Horse Creek Winery tasting room to celebrate and cut the ribbon on the trail.

It was a celebration three years in the making.

“We knew Georgia Grown had to be on the docket,” said Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black. “We’ve got the best land, the best farmers, the best roads, the best ports, the best airport, the best research university. What better way to enhance and grow Georgia’s economy than to have a first-rate marketing program for the state’s largest industry?”

From there, Georgia Grown had a steady progression: getting the word out to farmers, selling licenses to Georgia companies to use the Georgia Grown branding, getting Georgians to ask for Georgia Grown products by name and now, designating Georgia Grown Trails throughout the state.

Created by House Resolution 48 from the Georgia General Assembly, Georgia Grown Trail 37 encompasses 24 agri-tourism spots along its 157 miles, from lodges and hotels to wineries and distilleries to farms and farmers markets.

“There's a big, big future here, ya’ll. The sky is truly the limit if we’re willing to all work together and willing to dream together,” Black said. “And boy, that’s what ya’ll did.”

The trail follows Ga. Highway 37 (thus the name) and includes seven locations in Colquitt County, according to Terry Shuler, vice president of marketing for the Moultrie-Colquitt County Chamber of Commerce, who spoke to the Moultrie City Council two weeks ago about the opening of the trail.

Highway 37 Trail stops in Colquitt County include the chamber as well as Craftwood Farms, Gin Creek Plantation and Winery, Lauri Jo’s Southern Style Canning, Packer Produce, Reed Bingham State Park and Sparkman’s Cream Valley, Shuler said.

 

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