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It’s that time of year when the fall harvest begins to wane and a golden light fills the landscape, shining on the incredible bounty that is about to enter our homes and be served on our tables.

In New England, a common cured meat was dried and salted cod. Like the prosciutto in Italy, the cod in New England was traditionally dried and salted. When the cod was ready to be used, the fish was placed in cold water to be rehydrated with the water being changed every few days…

Food preservation is an ancient practice rooted in our human history. In fact, one of the oldest forms of food preservation is the drying of food.

The harvest is a time for making jams and fruit butters! Making jam can be an intergenerational activity that allows for skill-sharing between family members and across generations. It’s a tradition that can be passed between friends, or passed down from grandparents to grandchildren or parents to children, encouraging self-reliance and harmony with the seasons.

Think about this:

How did the early American diet change according to the seasons?

What kind of food preparation techniques can you use to eat and live more seasonally?

How are these techniques rooted in historic traditions from centuries ago?

Any similarities between us and our ancestors regarding lifestyle and living seasonally?

Annual Harvest Celebrations Highlight Local Food Traditions Autumn in Western Massachusetts is a great time of the year to explore the region. As the seasons change and school buses slow down your morning commute, community harvest celebrations fill our weekends with fairs, festivals and community dinners. Since 2005, Hilltown Families has been a resource for finding out about these community building celebrations that support local farming and highlight our local culture.  To follow… Read More

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