Sweet Sorghum Festival and Open House
Labor Day Monday in September
10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
We invite you to visit our sorghum mill at Brazos de Dios and watch as we make sweet sorghum syrup—from pressing the raw cane with our horse−powered mill to cooking the juice into rich, golden brown syrup. Sample our sorghum syrup on some freshly baked cornbread made from our own stoneground cornmeal!
• Horsedrawn Hayrides
• Outdoor Barbecue
• Craft Demonstrations
• Special Music at Noon
Over 70 years ago, sorghum syrup was a common sight on the dinner tables of rural Texas. Many farmers grew a small patch of sorghum in their fields. At harvest time, they brought their cane to a neighboring farm that had a mill, and the families worked together pressing cane and cooking syrup.
At Brazos de Dios, our annual sorghum harvest preserves this community tradition. We hand cut the 10− to 14−foot−tall canes and haul them from the various family farms to our sorghum mill. Here, we feed the raw cane through our 100−year−old horse−drawn press. After squeezing the cane, we allow the juice to settle 2−3 hours before channeling it downhill through underground pipes to the sorghum house where we cook it over a wood−fired furnace.
The green juice bubbles and boils its way through the channels of the hot, 12−foot−long copper pan. After the excess water evaporates, the juice reaches the end of the pan as a thick, sweet, golden brown syrup ready for bottling. Be sure to try a sample of this year’s syrup at the sorghum mill or at our restored HOMESTEAD GRISTMILL!
No admission fee
For further information, call 254/754−9600 or visit SustainLife.org