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Located at 8721 Pond Creek Road off SR 73 John Simon's 500-acre farm has
been handed down through five generations beginning in the 1860's when his great-great grandfather came here from France.
John is also glad he can keep his family's farming history as well as that of the area's Appalachian culture
alive. One of those involves the growing of sweet sorghum. It is best known as a grain crop. Today it's an unusual ingredient
for most American cooks, but in the 1880s sorghum cane, which looks a lot like corn, was made into a common, inexpensive sweetener.
Each October John's farm is the site of an annual Sorghum Festival that features sorghum making, apalachian
arts, crafts, music, workshops and more all for free.