What started as a means for making sugar, quickly turned into a family tradition. Owen and Orin Ledford, of rural Adair County, harvest a plant called Sorghum in an old wooded area behind their homes. The plant is originally from Africa, Asia and India, but Owen Ledford says it's no stranger to their family.
â??We did it when we were kids with our parents and grandparents and back then it was a way of getting syrup for your pancakesâ?| my brother and I have gotten to where we enjoy doing itâ?| we have friends and relatives help us and we make an event out of it,â?? said Ledford.
The stock is beheaded and loaded onto a wagon which is sent out for depressing and cooking. The entire process can take a couple days and produce a gallon of sorghum per 8 gallons of juice.The Ledford brothers say the typical use of sorghum is for baking cakes, making baked beans and anything else which requires sugar. Saturday morning, the Ledfords and friends are planning to meet for cooking.