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Jynx Sorghum Syrup
Ronald Jenkins was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1957. His family moved to Bruce, Mississippi in 1959 to be closer to family. His father ran a country store in the community and his mother worked in a garment plant. As a result, Jenkins spent much of his childhood with his maternal grandfather, E.L. Steele. Steele cooked sorghum for the community, and Jenkins spent time with him. Mose Tuggle, who worked for Steele, often helped him cook for the public. A full time job and a family kept Jenkins from growing and cooking sorghum himself. After his grandfather became too old to cook sorghum, Jenkins still spent time with Tuggle each fall when he cooked sorghum.
When Jenkins retired, he decided to make sorghum again. Both his grandfather E.L. Steele and Mose Tuggle had passed away in the early 2000s. He bought Mose Tuggle’s mill and restored it to working order, repainting it the original red and rechristening it “The Old Tuggle Mill.” Jenkins built his own evaporator pan and plants an heirloom variety of sorghum seeds Christine Tuggle, Mose’s widow, gave him. Every year, he plants, harvests, and cooks sorghum.