This is Port Wentworth's Collard Green Festival is the 14th year of the Johnson family’s collard green giveaway. The first festival began when the farm enjoyed a bumper crop of collard greens. It was time to plant summer crops and the Johnsons did not want to plow under edible “collards”. They called the local TV station in Savannah, Georgia, and said they had collard greens to give away.
The first year an estimated 500 to 600 people came for free collards. In 2010, more than 1200 received I.D. wristbands from the Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce. Wristbands ran out but vast numbers of people still poured into the farm fields.
Collards are given away free to senior citizens and military families. All others pick the collard greens at drastically reduced rate to clear the fields. Low Country foods, activities, and area artisans are part of the festivities.