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May 5, 2011

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LOCALLY GROWN STRAWBERRIES RIPE FOR THE PICKIN’


Henry Daily Herald  |  April 27, 2011  |  By Johnny Jackson

Between the cracks in the sun-dried Georgia clay, plants are sprouting –– and strawberries are ripening. In fields across the Southern Crescent, strawberries are waiting to be picked.

…Southern Belle Farm, in east McDonough, offers about two acres of strawberries, and an acre of blackberries, according to the farm’s marketing director, Ansley Glenn. Glenn said she hopes to have an acre of blueberries by the summer of 2012.

“This is our third year with a strawberry crop,” said Glenn. “It’s gone well, and we’re getting close to [prime] picking. Probably in the next couple of weeks, we’ll reach our peak and the plants will be loaded.”

Glenn said the 200-acre, family-operated farm in rural McDonough sees thousands of visitors each year. Visitors take part in the farm’s seasonal agritourism activities, which include its year-round petting zoo and its pumpkin patch, and the corn maize in the fall.

…Glenn added that the farm will remain open for picking through May. The farm’s picking hours are Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m., until 6 p.m., and Sunday, from 1 p.m., until 6 p.m.

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POLYESTER COVER CAN COMBAT BUSY VINE BORER
Atlanta Journal-Constitution  |  April 7, 2010  | Walter Reeves

Q: Early last summer I planted three ‘Quinault’ strawberry plants. I got lush plants but minuscule berries. What do I need to do to get decent fruit? — George Kalnin, Roswell

A: The ‘Quinault’ strawberry doesn’t grow very well in Georgia. It is an older variety that was released in 1967 from Washington State University. It’s best suited for the Northwestern U.S.

In Georgia, you’ll get better results from ‘Earliglow,’ ‘Allstar’ and ‘Chandler.’ Ansley Glenn at Southern Belle pick-your-own farm in McDonough reports they grow the ‘Chandler’ and ‘Camarosa’ varieties for their customers….

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SOUTHERN BELLE COLLECTING FOR FOOD PANTRY
Henry Daily Herald  |  November 11, 2010  |  Johnny Jackson

Southern Belle Farm, to end its two-month long fall season, is planning to host a “Give Thanks Weekend” event, Nov. 13-14.

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The farm will be collecting non-perishable and canned food items, in support of the local Food Pantry at Helping in His Name Ministries, Inc., in Stockbridge, according to Ansley Glenn, marketing director for the farm…..

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TOURISM CELEBRATION AT MCDONOUGH FARM
Henry Daily Herald  |   By Valerie Baldowski  |  September 13, 2010

Members of the business community will gather at Southern Belle Farm to toast the impact that tourism has on the local economy.

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The Henry County Chamber of Commerce and the Henry County Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the sixth annual Toast to Tourism.

The celebration is scheduled for Thursday, from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., at Southern Belle Farm, 1658 Turner Church Road in McDonough.

The event will recognize partners in tourism, and celebrate their efforts toward making Henry County “a better place to live, work, and play,” said Laura Luker, director of tourism and communications for the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

……Glenn added that she is proud of the farm’s support of the annual toast to tourism. “We were honored to be selected [for] this event,” she said. “We feel that Southern Belle Farm is an anchor tourism attraction in the county. We provide outdoor entertainment for all ages.”

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Bobby Cox Tribute corn maze

AN AMAZING TRIBUTE TO BRAVES MANAGER BOBBY COX
11 Alive News  |  Eve Chen  |  September 14, 2010

MCDONOUGH, GA — A McDonough farm is showing appreciation for outgoing Braves Manager Bobby Cox in a big way.

Southern Belle Farm carved his image and a giant “Thanks Bobby” into a 5-mile-long corn maze, which opens Saturday.

“We just knew that Bobby had announced his retirement and this was going to be his final season with the Braves, so we just wanted to honor him and what he’s done for the team,” said farm spokeswoman Ansley Glenn.

Cox was said to have been flattered by the tribute.

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BYE BOBBY
Atlanta Journal Constitution | ajc.com  |  By Holly Aguirre  | updated September 30, 2010

….In another unique tribute, Southern Belle Farms in McDonough constructed a seven-acre cornfield maze in Bobby Cox’s likeness. Visitors are invited to wander through the stalks every Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 14.

“I saw a picture of it and couldn’t believe how much it looked like me,” Cox added. “I’d really like to fly over it and get a better look.”

Bobby Cox appreciation days at the farm will be Oct. 16-17. Braves fans are invited to go through the Bobby Cox Tribute corn maze as well as experience the other farm activities for a special price.

“We’re offering an admission rate of buy one ticket for $12 and get the second for $6 (Bobby’s No. 6) for Braves fans who come to the farm wearing Braves attire,” said Ansley Glenn of Southern Belle. “That covers all the activities at the farm including the maze, a petting zoo, hayrides, pig races and a pumpkin patch.”

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ONE A MAZ-ING (A MAIZE-ING?) TRIBUTE TO BOBBY COX IN MCDONOUGH    

Atlanta Magazine | AtlantaMagazine.com  |  By Richard Elderedge  | September 15, 2010

…Since Cox has been a bit preoccupied keeping the Braves focused on the post-season, we’re told he hasn’t as yet had a chance to get lost in his left nostril in the five miles of twists and turns.

But Braves corporate staffers are planning a field trip for next week.
“He’s seen an aerial photo,” Southern Belle Farm’s Ansley Glenn tells Intel. “He was just tickled to see his face on a seven-acre cornfield!”
The corn maze is open on weekends, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. through November 14.
While corn maze veterans can find their way through in approximately 30 minutes, novices may require an hour or more…

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