July 4, 2010 - Green Beans at GMRE Center in Blairsville, Georgia
The Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center is hosting an informative (and free) Green Bean Seminar on Friday, July 30th at 10:00 a.m. in conjunction with the 1st Green Bean Festival. Mark you calendars and plan on arriving early. The seminars at GMRE Center are extremely popular and seats fill up fast.
The folks at the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center are also growing 15 varieties of green beans! Contender Bush, Provider Snap, Royalty Purple Pod, Carson Yellow Wax Snap, Jade Snap, Fresh Pick Snap, Blue Lake 274 Bush, Jumbo Italian Flat Snap, Royal Burgundy Purple Snap, E-Z Pick Snap, Roma II Bush, Mountaineer Half Runner, Kentucky Wonder Pole, October (heirloom), and Scarlet Runner (heirloom) are all included in this year's trials.
The beans were planted on May 17th and are quickly becoming mature specimens. Many are currently in full bloom with flowers in every color from deep purple to white. Baby beans are coming on and harvest will be just around the corner!
Joe Garner is superintendent of the GMRE Center. He oversees research projects conducted by UGA faculty. Currently there are 41 ongoing projects involving apples, asparagus, beef cattle, blueberries, collards, field corn, forages, greenhouse pests, peaches, pumpkins, soybeans, turf grass, woody ornamentals, and wheat.
The Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center is located 3 miles south of Blairsville, Georgia on Hwy 19/129 S in Union County. The station grounds cover 415 acres of orchards, test plots, pasture land, specimen and preservation gardens, historic sites and forests.
The GMRE Center is unique to the University of Georgia system because of its location at the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains and its growing season which is similar to southern Canada . The center is used by UGA faculty to conduct ongoing research and education projects.
In addition, the Community Council of the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center provides monthly adult education programs as well as seasonal field experiences for children and youth in Fannin, Union and Towns counties.
The DDA of Blairsville and the Green Bean Festival Committee would like to thank Mr. Garner and the GMRE Center staff for all they do for the local community.