Roland (Nashville, Georgia)
Raymond Roland carries on his
family's tradition of commercial cane-syrup production.
His product, "Roland's Pride," is a blend of
cane syrup and corn syrup and is sold in various local
outlets. As Mr. Baldree did, Raymond noted that his
customers prefer the somewhat less strongly flavored
blend, and, of course, blending with fructose prevents
granulation. It is my impression that Raymond's operation
is one of the three largest in the South Georgia/North
Florida area (with the other two being Mr.
Charles Baldree's and Linda Paulk's).
Mr. Roland and several employees
were in full-scale operation the day of my visit.
Regardless, he graciously made time for me, and I
appreciate his explanation of his operation.
1 is a view of the wagons of cane ready for grinding.
provide an overview of the grinding operation. Wagons of
cane are pulled under a shed extending from the syrup
house. A Golden No.36 is stationed at the edge of the shed,
so that cane is fed directly from the wagon into the mill.
The bagasse is moved by conveyor to a large truck and
subsequently used as cow fodder. The mill is driven by a
tractor pto. The drive train includes a school-bus
transmission. Mr. Roland explained that having a reverse
gear is helpful when the mill becomes clogged.
are views from under the shed. Only
natural lighting was used and strong contrasts are
inevitable with fast-speed film used for combinations of
light and shadow. Sorry. Regardless, the slides provide
some further detail. For example, Raymond uses a trio of
modern belts to replace the traditional flat belt that was
used to drive the mill pulley.
is the backside of Mr. Roland's syrup house. Each of the
three chimneys serves a cast-iron kettle/furnace inside
the house. Note also the large fan used to remove steam
from the kettles.
show the three kettles used to produce Roland's Pride.
Note the piped system used to deliver the juice from the
warming pan that sits on a section of the furnace. Also,
note how the kettle is mounted into the furnace. The
furnace itself has an inward-sloping concrete edge that
blends into the kettle flange, providing a larger area for
the removal of skimming.
are the simplest I've seen he has a galvanized-pipe T with
short nipples, each about 2-3 inches long. Each of the
nipples has a single 1/8-inch hole drilled into it.