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Seasonal Foodways at Rockingham

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Not all foods were available all year round in the 18th century. There were no supermarkets as we know them today to sell out-of-season fruits and vegetables or produce not grown locally.  You could not buy a peach in February or a tomato in May (or any other month, actually) and some foods only the wealthy could afford.  You planned your menus according to what was available in your garden, on the land you owned or nearby, from local markets during growing seasons and what was preserved, dried, pickled, smoked or salted in storage the rest of the year.

On Saturday, November 2 at 1:30 pm, Deborah Peterson, foodways historian, will bring to light just how dependent colonial Americans were on the seasons of the year for their food.  The presentation will also touch on the goods imported into the colonies (there were some, though mostly only for those few who could afford them). A hand-out will be supplied.

The talk will be presented in the barn at Rockingham State Historic Site, with time for questions and light refreshments to follow. Seating is limited — register to guarantee a spot by calling 609-683-7132.


Saturday, November 2, 2019
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Rockingham Historic Site
84 Laurel Ave
Kingston, NJ United States
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