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Few things are better than enjoying Georgia's bounty, no matter if it's spring, summer, fall or winter -- and thankfully, our state's in just the right spot to harvest something delicious all year long.
Who could resist a handful of ripe, juicy blueberries? Or a sweet, crisp North Georgia apple? It's easy to fill one's basket when these are abundantly available at the local farm stand. But once one growing season fades and another is ushered in, how can we keep enjoying these seasonal delights?
That's where Georgia Public Broadcasting's "Pick, Cook, Keep" video series comes in. With the support of the Georgia Department of Agriculture and through short vignettes highlighting a Georgia Grown crop, GPB is educating consumers about the farm-to-table movement, as well as how to preserve these specialty crops so you can enjoy the flavors of summer in the middle of winter. With healthy and easy-to-prepare recipes from their culinary experts, you'll want to do some "picking, cooking and keeping" of your own. Read more in Georgia Cooks, page 36.
Also this month, discover how one organization helps struggling families get back on their feet in "The family that stays together," page 16. And for a family outing that's very affordable, head outdoors to experience one of Georgia's great state parks in "In-TENT-ional camping," on page 20.
Finally, learn about some high-tech ways to save energy and money at the Bosch Net Zero Home in the "green" community of Serenbe, in Chattahoochee Hills; see page 24.
Hug a farmer this month, y'all,
Jennifer J. Hewett
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ON THE COVER THIS MONTH:
Executive Chef Jennifer Hill Booker, of Your Resident Gourmet in Lilburn, prepares her North Georgia Apple, Peach and Pecan Tart on the set of the "Pick, Cook, Keep" series, a partnership between GPB TV, Georgia Grown and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. (Photo by Phillip Vullo/www.PhillipVullo.com.)