Reviving a Crop and an African-American Culture, Stalk by Stalk:

Fall is cane syrup season in pockets of the Deep South, where people still gather to grind sugar cane and boil its juice into dark, sweet syrup in iron kettles big enough to bathe in.

Worth comparing to Northeast maple sugaring traditions. Artisanal production, derived from a specific place, and thus able to charge a higher price…