- Sep 3, 2005
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ORIGINAL: RED Matthews
Hi,Â My folks had a wooden box like that in back of the house for storing vegetables potatoes and heads of cabbage.Â They also had a box in a spare back room with a big 4'x4'x10' wooden box with dividers and using a sawdust and sand mixture they buried parsnips, carrots, rutabagas, beets and radishes between the separators.Â Add to that about 600 qts and pts. of canned fruits, vegetables, and sucker fish.Â A couple bigÂ crocks of packed side pork and smoked hams hanging from the ceiling, and some crates of potatoes and we had food for the winter.Â I have the grocery bills from one winter season for charged groceries and the total bill was $ 38.76 for the winter.Â Â All they bought was flour, salt, sugar, and coffee.Â They also had two cows and I churned saved cream every week, and made pound molded blocks of butter which they turned into the grocery for credit on their bill.Â We also kept about eight or ten chickens for the winter and if they didn't make eggs they went in the pot..Â Things were tough because my did was without a job from 1929 to 1937.Â We did have raspberries, peaches. plums, pears, and grapes to sell from our little farm - that was country living personified.Â
I doubt if the i-phone and i-pad kids of today could do it, today.Â RED Matthews
Well said Red!!!