Toombs County man to harvest his first olive crop - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Olives could be new crop in Southeast Georgia

Tommie Williams planted five acres of olive trees in 2010. This fall, he's harvesting his first crop and processing and bottling olive oil. Tommie Williams planted five acres of olive trees in 2010. This fall, he's harvesting his first crop and processing and bottling olive oil.
LYONS, GA (WTOC) -

Tommie Williams opened an "olive garden" in Toombs County, but not the famous restaurant chain. The agribusinessman and state senator planted five acres of olive trees in 2010. This fall, he's harvesting his first crop and processing and bottling olive oil.

"We've made some Toombs County olive oil that we think is good. The taste is good," he noted.

He told WTOC that South Georgia soil and climate have been good for the crop when he and others traditionally thought it would be the opposite.

"We always thought it was too humid here, too wet at times. Most of the olives are grown in the Middle East where you don't have rain for most of the summer," he noted.

Williams is sharing his experience so far in hopes more farmers will plant olives and develop a new crop for Georgia.

"If we were to grow a market, we wouldn't have enough oil right now. So we want to find some growers that are willing to go in and grow some olives for oil," he said.

Currently, Georgia has fewer than 100 acres of olives planted.

Copyright 2013 WTOC. All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • STDs at record high in Southwest Georgia

    STDs at record high in Southwest Georgia

    Thursday, April 26 2018 8:48 PM EDT2018-04-27 00:48:49 GMT
    Epidemiologist Jacqueline Jenkins said the STD outbreak in Southwest Georgia is at an all time high. (Source: WALB)Epidemiologist Jacqueline Jenkins said the STD outbreak in Southwest Georgia is at an all time high. (Source: WALB)
    Jacqueline Jenkins Epidemiologist said the STD outbreak in SWGA is at an all time high. (Source: WALB)Jacqueline Jenkins Epidemiologist said the STD outbreak in SWGA is at an all time high. (Source: WALB)

    Sexually Transmitted Diseases are at an all-time high in Southwest Georgia, raising major concerns for the Southwest Public Health District. 

    More >>

    Sexually Transmitted Diseases are at an all-time high in Southwest Georgia, raising major concerns for the Southwest Public Health District. 

    More >>
  • Albany club raffles off truck at 25th Annual Spring Sportsman's Banquet

    Albany club raffles off truck at 25th Annual Spring Sportsman's Banquet

    Thursday, April 26 2018 7:53 PM EDT2018-04-26 23:53:41 GMT
    Mery Acres sign where the auction will be held (Source: WALB)Mery Acres sign where the auction will be held (Source: WALB)
    Mery Acres sign where the auction will be held (Source: WALB)Mery Acres sign where the auction will be held (Source: WALB)

    The Artesian City Sertoma Club hosted the 25th Annual Spring Sportsman's Banquet and auctioned off a new truck Thursday night.

    More >>

    The Artesian City Sertoma Club hosted the 25th Annual Spring Sportsman's Banquet and auctioned off a new truck Thursday night.

    More >>
  • PCOM breaks ground in Moultrie

    PCOM breaks ground in Moultrie

    Thursday, April 26 2018 6:15 PM EDT2018-04-26 22:15:06 GMT
    Ground being broken in Moultrie on the Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine (Source: WALB)Ground being broken in Moultrie on the Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine (Source: WALB)
    ground being broken in Moultrie (Source: WALB)ground being broken in Moultrie (Source: WALB)

    Members of the community, partners and representatives were all in attendance Thursday morning to see the groundbreaking for the new home of the Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).

    More >>

    Members of the community, partners and representatives were all in attendance Thursday morning to see the groundbreaking for the new home of the Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).

    More >>
Powered by Frankly