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Lyons Farm Wins National Olive Oil Competition

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Lyons, GA - Olive oil is the main source of dietary fat in the Mediterranean diet, and is linked to low death rate from cardiovascular disease in that region.   Here in the United States olive oil has grown in popularity because of its health benefits and nutritional value. 
The dream of growing olives in Georgia grew roots for owners of a farm in Lyons, Georgia 3 years ago.   It was the brainchild of Senator Tommie Williams, his brother Clint Williams and lifelong business partner Darrien Ramsey.
The business partners created their own brand instead of selling the crop to a plant.
In June 2013 they purchased a cold press mill from Italy and designed their own private label. They olive grove became, Terra Dolce Farms which means, earth sweet.  The first harvest started September 19, 2013 and continued through October.
The trio recently won the Gold Award at the prestigious New York International Olive Oil Competition.  More than 700 prestigious olive oil producers competed.  “This is one of my proudest accomplishments outside of marrying my wife and my children,” says Senator Williams.  This award was for the entire northern hemisphere. The three business partners are currently preparing for expansion and their next crop.
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