Published Thursday, December 27, 2012

Consumer Qs: Apply for Georgia Grown chef program

From Special Reports

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Consumer Q’s is prepared by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Gary W. Black, Commissioner.

Q: Can I still apply for the Georgia Grown Executive Chef Program?

A: The application process will be open through Jan. 11, 2013. Chefs may apply online at www.garestaurants.org/georgiagrown .

This program, a partnership between the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Restaurant Association, offers participating chefs a mark of honor and distinction, while increasing awareness for both restaurateurs and consumers about Georgia commodities and products. Last year’s program was a big success. We encourage any interested chef to apply.

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Q: When is Youth Equine Champions Day?

A: Youth Equine Champions Day at the Capitol is scheduled for Feb. 5, 2013.

The event will honor young people (19 and under) who qualified and participated in regional, national and world championship horse shows as well as Georgia State Champions. Georgia State Champions include all first-place winners in the Pony, 1-12 and 13-19 age groups from the Georgia Federation State Show.

Those interested in attending need to contact John Clements, Georgia Equine Commission, at tiejc@bellsouth.net or call 404-863-2173.

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Q: I just saw an interesting television segment on pecans on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Will other crops be featured?

A: A new video series “Pick, Cook, Keep” began airing on Georgia Public Broadcasting in December. This series of vignettes will educate viewers on various specialty crops grown in our state.

Georgians will see the crop in season and how it is grown on the farm (PICK), watch some of Georgia’s elite culinary experts prepare easy-to-follow recipes that can be recreated by anyone in their own home kitchen (COOK), and finally, learn how to preserve these nutritious and delicious specialty crops for future use and enjoyment (KEEP).

Each vignette showcases a healthy, tasty and easy-to-prepare crop. One crop will be featured each month, beginning with pecans in December. In 2013, Georgians can look forward to learning about Georgia Grown greens, wines, honey, blueberries, Vidalia® onions, melons, peaches, tomatoes, peppers and apples. Stay tuned!

This project is supported by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program at the United States Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

If you have questions about services or products regulated by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, visit the department’s website at www.agr.georgia.gov , write to the department at 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Room 128, Atlanta, GA 30334 or e-mail Arty Schronce at arty.schronce@agr.georgia.gov .

To learn more about agricultural issues, get garden tips and find sources for flowers, livestock and other products, consider a subscription to The Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin. Subscriptions for Georgia residents are $5 per year for the online version and $10 for the print version. To start or renew a subscription, send a check or money order payable to Market Bulletin at the address above or subscribe online at the department website.

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