Stacey Freeman can't imagine buying syrup in a grocery store. Not when his family has been cooking the southern staple themselves for generations.
"I know of three or four granddads that did it," he explained. "My family took over for my granddaddy about 35 or 37 years ago."
They cook the water out of sugar cane juice to make the syrup and bottle it all by hand. They've seen more and more customers at local farmers markets, where many patrons want to know the people who grow and/or produce their food. He says interest has grown as people prefer locally grown items to reduce the fuel impact on the environment.
However, he worries, craftsmen won't be around to make it if this convenience-driven generation doesn't take up the craft.
"We're one generation from losing it, unless we teach our sons, daughters, neices and nephews how. When we're too old to do it, it will fade away," he stated.