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Grits Shortage
« on: March 25, 2020, 02:23:38 PM »
Have the FF members in the Southeast USA noticed a shortage of Grits since the covid-19 emergency began.   Maybe it is just my local stores.  I ask the southern guys because I know the rest of the world don't care for them.




 

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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2020, 02:31:07 PM »
I plowed  my side yard in January and sowed about 50 pounds of yellow grits. We started harvesting last week and are doing good with them but ran into a problem. Were having to harvest by hand as our Gritalator is out of adjustment and makes New England mush out of them. 
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2020, 02:56:57 PM »
  To all the Yankees on the FF who don't know better I want you to know @florida is pulling your leg. He can't grow grits down around the Ft Meyers area where he is from - the ground is too wet and the crawfish will eat them as soon as they start to sprout! ;)
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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2020, 02:58:32 PM »
We are in good shape here !

 
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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2020, 04:13:18 PM »
A Grits shortage would essentially be a "Cornteen" !!  :o
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2020, 04:53:43 PM »
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I guess you've been gone too long. Why we have a whole section at the state agricultural department working on new varieties of grits. Turns out the crawdads only ate the white grits which is why we grow the yellow. The handy thing is that we harvest the crawdads too and eat Crawdads and Grits for breakfast, you've probably heard of that.  The biggest problem with the yellow grits is they are smaller than the white and its tough spending your days on your knees picking those little yellow seeds off those tiny plants. I shouldn't have gone with the Dwarf variety.
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2020, 05:00:18 PM »
Don't know if y'all have a grits shortage, but I do know if you can sing in tune you'll have "Hominy".  ;D
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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2020, 05:22:32 PM »
Too corny for me.
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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2020, 06:07:58 PM »
@florida ,

   I apologize for inadvertently spreading misinformation of such a critical nature. :( Thank you for setting the record straight and setting my mind at ease along with those of our northern brethren. Please let me know how the studies are coming using the blue corn too. Aren't those the ones that only attract the softshell crawfish which are desired for such gourmet delicacies as fried she-shell sandwiches and such. ;D
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« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2020, 06:13:40 PM »
In the black clay of tx, grits grow just fine. The rains though have washed many acres the grit field behind my house. I think they are gov subsidized, so they should be good. 
It is nice to go out back and harvest a few boxes as needed. 
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« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2020, 06:30:47 PM »
   Dad used to mix his turnip seeds with grits and plant them together. You could see the grits to estimate how much coverage you had and see any bare spots you had missed. Also the grits came up first and helped shade the little turnips so they did not get sunburned at such a tender age.
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« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2020, 07:13:01 PM »
We always keep our Grits in the frig along with peas and beans meant for planting.  They germinate much faster when they are planted in warm moist Spring soil.
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« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2020, 07:36:53 PM »
 I shouldn't have gone with the Dwarf variety.
What were you thinking?
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« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2020, 07:43:29 PM »
Lynn,

   And be sure to only plant them on dark nights. I planted a bunch when the moon was full and they grew so fast they kept dragging the grits off the vine. I try to plant mine upright instead of vertical as they seem to take root faster that way too.
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« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2020, 08:59:45 PM »
Grits cooked , formed round and roasted for dinner tonight.Herbs from the yard

 
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« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2020, 12:21:21 AM »
"I ask the southern guys because I know the rest of the world don't care for them."
Only because the rest of the world don't know any better.

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« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2020, 07:58:13 AM »
Have not checked out the grits supply in the stores around here. Why would I?  ???  I have a lifetime supply, so I am all set.  ;D 
I'm more concerned about buying a pound of bacon for $3, on sale.  ;D Most times its at least $2 more.
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« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2020, 08:08:44 AM »
My family has a long history in the grit business. I grew up on my grandfather's grit farm in the mountains of western NC.  He was one of the first to develop what is now known as "mountain grits" although in later years they went out of style as "southern grits" took over.  Lots of people grew grit for their own consumption back then but harvesting on the steep slopes was so hard it wasn't commercially viable. Grandaddy's innovation came one day during a hard storm when the rain washed the grit fruit off the plants and down the hill where it piled up in gritrows.  Like all great men he saw the future so bought a piece of hillside that was too steep for crops. He invented mule shoes with built-in lifts for the downhill hooves which kept the mules level. It slowed down plowing a little because you had to change to mules with the offside hooves lifted at every turn so they wouldn't fall down the hill but there was so much money in grits it didn't matter.

Once the grits ripened he waited for a good rain which would wash the grits off the plants and down the mountain where there was a small creek. Grandaddy would stretch grit bags across the mouth of the creek and catch the grits as they floated downstream. He got a premium for those pre-soaked, ready to cook grits but the bags were too heavy to ship. Grandaddy was a man of the future and had a vision that had to wait for heavy machinery to move those bags of grits. Eventually, a landslide wiped him out although if you go there today you will still find beautiful stands of wild grits.

Brings a tear to my eye remembering the good times.
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« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2020, 08:21:58 AM »
"Maw, where'd you put my hip waders? I need 'em real bad." :D
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« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2020, 08:23:33 AM »
I like that story.  ;D  
Must of been before the Borax days. They hooked a team of 40 mules to move their product.  ;D
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