Peanuts only grow in a few states in the US. But they’re a point of local pride in the South, and one of the region’s most distinctive crops. So it wasn’t surprising when South Carolina Farm Bureau (SCFB) asked us to make a tabletop peanut display for them.
SCFB wanted the display to be easy to transport to events. So, as with all our tabletop displays, our craftsmen honeycombed the material to remove excess weight. The result? A sturdy display that weighs in at around ten pounds.
One side of the tabletop peanut display features a brightly-colored wheel with all sorts of fun facts about peanuts. For example, did you know that each American eats about 3 pounds of peanut butter a year? Or that peanuts contain more protein than any other nut? You’d know it if you’d seen this display!
The other side has eight flip-up panels with questions about peanuts. Visitors lift the panels to find the answers. One panel tackles the perennial peanut question: Are peanuts a nut or a legume? (Answer: Kind of both! They’re actually a legume, because they grow in pods underground. But they’re treated like nuts when cooking.)
Sharing the Spotlight with Specialty Crops
Now, we make a lot of displays about corn and soybeans, and rightly so — they’re the biggest cash crops in the United States. But it’s good to give the specialty crops some love, too. They may not be what feeds the world, but they sure make our plates more flavorful and enjoyable.
Not to mention, specialty crops are the ones consumers think of first. Corn and soybeans may supply ingredients for thousands of products, but everybody recognizes the classic fruits and veggies — apples, carrots, corn on the cob. When you have a display about specialty crops, you don’t need to explain how they relate to consumers’ lives. You can just get right down to explaining fascinating facts about your favorite crop.