Jerky, what’s the deal?

Three stores on Main Street. Jerky must be very popular around here!


So, somebody has to explain this to me.  On our last visit to Helen, Georgia, we discovered that there are no less than 3 stores dedicated to selling jerky on the main street here.  Now, I would expect to see lots of German/Alpine oriented foods (and there are plenty of these) but why all the jerky?

Maybe this is a connection to the outdoorsman-hunting community that is popular in the mountains.  I mean, you have to figure out what to do with all that venison, right?  But it was really surprised me to find that many shops focused on one product could survive this much competition in a small area.

Either there’s a lot of folks grabbing jerky snacks to take out on camping, hiking and tubing trips or they are sending the exotic stuff out to people in different parts of the country to prove that yes, there really is Alpaca jerky!

I can think of one particular time that this must be very popular – the annual Florida/Georgia game.  Anyone for GATOR jerky?

The Jerky Store
8615 North Main
Helen, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
70mm @ f/5.3 – 1/320 sec – ISO 100


Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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