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Honoring Our Roots, a Podcast

March 21, 2012

Time is an essential ingredient in soul food.  It can take 5 hours to clean, prepare, and cook traditional collard greens, and anyone who grew up shelling peas for Sunday dinner remembers well that family meals were events you sometimes worked all day for.In 1989, Bill Williams and his partners Iris Cooper, Garth Henley, and Dan Charna launched Glory Foods by asking one question:  What if there was a way to make real down-home Southern dishes convenient for everyone? There were, at that time, no foods on the shelves that specifically spoke to the Southern or African-American palate.  Quick-to-prepare authentic Southern food products simply did not exist.Bill learned first-hand how to plant, grow, and process the kinds of vegetables that he and his partners wanted to bring to market, including collard greens, green beans, and peas. Eventually, it made sense to work with farmers who fully understood the intricacies of seasonality and uncertain weather conditions.  It was important to the group to work with black farmers, but they weren't particularly easy to find in those days. Eventually, Bill recruited family farmers, including African American farmers to grow these vegetables and sell them to the company.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Our strong relationships with family farmers continues to this day.We're still a small minority-controlled, minority-managed company with big ideas. We're proud of our roots. We're still incredibly proud of the history of "Glory Greens" as they've come to be known.  As part of its In Black America Podcast series, University of Texas at Austin's radio station KUT Austin recently featured an interview with Bill from their archives. We're thankful to KUT Austin for the opportunity to share this slice of our history, to honor Bill, and to share his message in his own voice.KUT provides public radio service to Central Texas via 90.5 FM.  Please click on their logo below to enjoy this podcast from In Black America.

KUR Austin: In Black America Podcast: Remembering William F. “Bill” Williams

KUR Austin: In Black America Podcast: Remembering William F. “Bill” Williams

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