Doris Prickett of Calhoun County was raised in town, but her heart has grown closer to agriculture since her marriage brought her to the Cedar Springs community.
“My father was a grocer, selling what the farmers grew, but my husband, Joel, and I live on the land where he was born, where his granddaddy was a farmer,” Doris said. “Joel row cropped and had beef cattle before retiring, but we now lease our pasture land to a cousin who raises cattle.”
Through the years, the couple served the local Farmers Federation in many capacities.
“I was the Calhoun County Women’s Committee chairperson for more than 20 years, and I’ve entered the Heritage Cooking, Sewing and Tablescape competitions quite a few times. I really enjoy being part of the Federation,” she said.
Growing up one of six children, Doris says her mother did a lot of cooking and taught her children well in the kitchen.
“My mother-in-law was a school lunchroom cook, and I’ve learned a lot from her, too,” Doris said.
While she delights in opportunities to cook for family and other loved ones, Doris said she cherishes taking part in church activities and spending time with her three grandchildren.
“I’ve been in the choir all my life, and I told my daughter before her first child was born that I intended to be a full-fledged grandmother,” she said. “Our oldest granddaughter is very interested in archery, so I’m happy I’ve gotten to watch her competitions.”
Like so many wonderful grandmothers, Doris continues the cooking traditions of previous generations, lovingly preparing the foods that have become hallmarks of family gatherings.
One family favorite is Potato Cake, which Doris says her mother made many times and passed along in a cookbook she made for her children.