COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) - Agriculture is Georgia's number one industry and one of the top employers in the state. Tuesday evening, producers in Colquitt County showcased their products that drive their community's economy.
The Moultrie-Colquitt Co. Chamber of Commerce after hours event had a little twist to showcase just how important the county's agriculture is to the state, at a taste of Colquitt County.
"Agriculture is the heart of Colquitt County," said Lauri Jo Bennett, Co-owner of Lauri Jo's Southern Style Canning. "It is very important."
They tasted wine, strawberries, vegetables and even goat cheese. Lauri Jo Bennett, who co-owns Lauri Jo's Southern Style Canning, organized the after hours event. The event brought in different businesses that she collaborates with in the county.
"At Lauri Jo's we cross market so much with other growers, other farmers in Colquitt County where we get our produce from," said Bennett.
One of those businesses is Southern Valley Fruit and Vegetables.
"We do sell to individuals such as Lauri Jo and back when Packer Produce was in business we were selling at their retail store," said Katie Murray, Director of Marketing at Southern Valley Fruits and Vegetables. Packer Produce now operates as a whole seller, and buys from Southern Valley.
"So I just don't think that a lot of the people in Colquitt County realize how much cross marketing that we really do here," said Bennett.
Ag producers say they have a large impact outside of the county.
"All of these producers here ship all over the country," said Bennett.
"When you look at the statistics Colquitt County is consistently up at the top for Georgia and for the nation in both vegetable production and row crop production," said Murray. So, it's exciting to be a part of a community that is so agriculturally based."
Southern Valley officials say within the upcoming weeks you can find their products in local grocery stores.