Anyone looking for a unique Christmas gift doesn’t have to look beyond the Peach State.
A number of Georgia-made products are sold by Middle Georgia retailers or from the maker’s website. Some of these products are made in homes by small start-ups and sold in specialty shops, others are made in large wholesale facilities and sold in national retail stores.
“We take our peaches and have other products made with them, like jams and jellies,” said Cynde Dickey with Dickey Farms in Musella. “There are only a few food items we sell that are not Georgia grown.”
She is officially the company’s chief financial officer, but as with many family-owned businesses, “I do a little bit of everything,” Dickey said.
Although perhaps better known for producing peaches, which are shipped all over the country in the summertime, Dickey Farms offers a variety of Georgia-made items at its gift shop at 3440 Musella Road.
“We have Byrd’s Famous Cookies made in Savannah, and we have Lauri Jo’s jams and jellies, and she’s in Norman Park,” Dickey said.
Last week, the business was preparing 65 gift boxes ordered by a company for its customers.
“I think a lot of people like to buy straight from a farm where they know they are getting a safe, quality product and that we will stand behind our products,” Dickey said. “If something doesn’t arrive in good shape, you are not talking to someone in another country. If there is any kind of problem, we want to handle it right away.”
Laura Bell, co-owner of Ocmulgee Traders, a specialty grocery store at 455 Poplar St. in Macon, said it was important to carry locally made items.
“It’s always been our intention and focus to bring in as many local makers as possible,” Bell said. “To me, it’s sort of our mission to help other local businesses to succeed. So that’s a big thing for us. The challenge has been finding those makers.”
While Ocmulgee Traders doesn’t ship gifts items for customers, it will wrap the items for shipping in a flat-rate box, so the customer just has to take it to the post office for mailing, she said.
At least one location in Middle Georgia carries only handmade gift items by local artisans and crafters -- even though it’s a temporary shop. The annual Holiday Art & Crafts Mart is at the Peach Shops at Byron, Suite 220, through Dec. 21. Some of the items available are jewelry, pictures, wreaths, scarves, wind chimes, metal art, children’s clothing, doll clothing, hand soap and lotions.
To help making shopping a little easier, the following is a sampling of some Georgia-made products and at least one place where they can be found in Middle Georgia:
Shamrock Apiaries, www.shamrockapiaries.com, 478-396-0712. The company sells honey, bee pollen, beeswax candles, handmade lip balms and other hive products. They’re sold at a number of retail locations, including Karsten-Denson Co., 2323 Ingleside Ave. and Macon Feed & Seed, 2458 Emery Highway both in Macon; Lane Southern Orchards, 50 Lane Road, Fort Valley; and Dickey Farms, 3440 Old U.S. 341, Musella.
Phickles Pickles, www.phickles.com, a small-batch pickle company in Athens. “If you’re interested in having Phickles shipped to ya ... just shoot us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and Angie or Phin will get back to ya as soon as possible,” according to its website. The company sells pickled okra, beans, carrots, cucumbers, green tomatoes and jalapeños, all seasoned with fresh dill, garlic and jalapeño for a kick. Sold at Ocmulgee Traders in Macon.
Crown Candy Corp., Macon, 478-781-4911 or 800-241-3529, online at www.crowncandy.com. Products include pecan divinity, peanut clusters, cashew clusters, assorted fruit slices, pecan logs and toasted macaroons. Its products are often private-labeled and sold to retailers such as Cracker Barrel, Dollar General and Kroger. All its products are sold at Ocmulgee Traders in Macon.
Fielder’s Mill sells water-ground corn meal, 780 Fielder’s Mill Road, Junction City; 706-269-3630. Sold at Ocmulgee Traders.
Savannah Bee Co., 800-955-5080, www.savannahbee.com or email email@example.com. In addition to selling honey, the company makes items such as lip balm, hand soap, hair care products and body and hand lotions that have honey or beeswax as an ingredient. Sold in local retailers such as Creter’s, 2374 Ingleside Ave. and Ocmulgee Traders in Macon.
Still Pond Vineyard & Winery, 1575 Still Pond Road, Arlington, 800-475-1193. Still Pond produces 11 different muscadine wines by such names as Savannah River, White Nobel, Farmhouse Red and Crimson Clover. Sold at Bass Package & Cigars, 1687 Bass Road, Macon.
Greenway Farms, Roberta, www.greenwayfarmsofga.com, 478-957-5374. Its on-farm certified kitchen produces pickles, jellies, jams, preserves, tomato basil sauce and chili sauce. In addition, it offers a line of organic shampoos, conditioners, lotions, goat milk soaps and pet shampoo. Sold at Dickey Farms, International City Farmers Market in Warner Robins, and at the farmers markets at Tattnall Square Park and Wesleyan College. The business expects to launch an online store soon.
Lauri Jo’s Southern Style Canning, Norman Park; 229-769-3391; www.laurijos.com or on Facebook. Its slogan: “Preserving the South one jar at a time.” It sells items such as fig preserves, peach salsa, black bean and corn salsa, blackberry jam, strawberry rhubarb preserves, pineapple pepper jelly and apple butter. Sold at Dickey Farms in Musella; in Macon at The Fresh Market, 4357 Forsyth Ave. and Milltown Market & Dawson’s Kitchen, 3360 Brookdale Ave., and in Byron at GeorgiaBob’s Cane River Vineyard, 144 Cane River Drive.
MiDi Blueberry Farm, Byron, contact on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The farm makes spiced blueberry peach preserves. It won the 2013 Flavor of Georgia award in the jams and jellies category. Sold at Dickey Farms, Musella.
Kiree Bath Products, Bonaire; www.KireeSoaps.com, 478-284-4594, email email@example.com. Homemade soap bars, which are made in small batches and hand cut, include PearBerry and Tranquility. All natural homemade soap bars include OrangeMary and Lemon Pop. Kiree also sells lotion bars. Sold at Ocmulgee Traders.
Braswell Food Co., www.braswells.com; 800-673-9388. It makes preserves, jams, jellies, salad dressings, marinades and seafood marinade and sauces. Many of its products are sold at major grocery stores, such as Kroger, Publix and Wal-Mart as well as smaller grocery stores, such as The Fresh Market and Ocmulgee Traders, and at farmers markets.
Lane Southern Orchards, 50 Lane Road, off Ga. 96, Fort Valley; www.lanesouthernorchards.com, 800-277-3224. It sells in its market and online a variety of peach products, including pickled peaches, jam and peach bread and peach salsa and a number of dressings, such as Vidalia Onion Summer Tomato.
Gayla’s Grits, Lakeland, www.gaylasgrits.com. It makes 100 percent all-natural grits with no preservatives. Sold at Lane Southern Orchards, Fort Valley.
Georgia Olive Farm, Lakeland, 229-482-3505, www.georgiaolivefarms.com. It makes extra virgin olive oil. Sold in Macon at Ocmulgee Traders and at Bodega Interiors, 153 Gateway Drive and at Harvey’s Supermarket, 208 W. Clinton St., Gray.