Nevertheless, we had a good time there because the owner makes it her job to educate people on how peanuts grow and are harvested and recites the history of the Peanut Patch which did, at one time, cover 160 acres of peanut plants until the white fly came into the area and killed off the peanut industry in this part of the country. Now peanuts are brought in and are made into peanut butter, brittle, sold as is, blanched, roasted, with, without salt in several varieties.
The Peanut Patch also makes candy and after a class in peanut growing and harvesting, the owner took us through the candy kitchen and we sampled peanuts and fudge....and bought some peanuts and fudge!
|a peanut roaster for small quantities|
|old peanut combine|
|large roaster, for 100lbs of peanuts|
|yep, it's a peanut plant|
|the candy kitchen....|
|and there are chocolates being made.....mmmmm|
|fresh ground peanut butter, no additives|
|17 lbs of peanut brittle on the slab....don't touch!|
|loved this building.......|
|now the Gowan Co. you can see it used to be the post office|
|this tiny little building used to be first a store in 1875 then a wedding chapel till 1957|
|after walking around town, we dined at a German restaurant, Das Bratwurst Haus, it was good!|