Specialist Clark Rountree's request in late July for his mom to send him some boiled peanuts for he and his buddies has turned into a 4-H project to ship two tons of the delicacies to Iraq. Rountree is a Wilcox County, Georgia, native serving in the 48th Brigade of the Georgia National Guard. Thus was the humble beginnings of Operation Boiled Peanuts.
After the request, his mom called Rountree's employer, a 35-year peanut farmer named Rex Bullock. Bullock decided that a few bags just wouldn't be enough. (I agree - I could eat a few bags during a football game. And, thankfully, we got some green peanuts in at the Kroger recently and we boiled some last weekend.)
Bullock called his local extension agent and they arranged to order boiled peanuts wrapped in foil and send them to all 3,500 Georgia men and women in the 48th Brigade stationed in Iraq. Now the 4-H Club is also trying to help by raising money to pick up the $6,000 tab for the peanut packages.
The peanuts will be packed and shipped sometime next month, depending on when the peanut crop comes in.