Letters to the Editor from the Capper’s Farmer Summer 2019 Issue

A reader shares memories of an old-fashioned way of life, and the Capper’s Farmer editors correct a mistake that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue.

| Summer 2019

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Correction: We Made a Mistake!

We inadvertently published the wrong author’s name in “Sharing Perennials” (Page 58) in the Spring 2019 issue of Capper’s Farmer. The correct author is Laura Sweet. We sincerely apologize for the error. — Editors


Living Off the Land

Benjamin Edwards — The Plains, Ohio

I’m 91, and when I was growing up, we did things the “old way” in terms of farming and food preservation. My father was born in 1899, and my mother in 1901. They both grew up in the Appalachian region, and they shared accounts of living off the land in a time when more people grew their own food and butchered their own livestock.

Foods were either canned, fermented, dried, or cured. Ham and bacon were well-salted and often smoked with hardwood, which meant they’d keep for perhaps a year. Meats, such as sausages and tenderloin, were cooked and put into jars, and then covered by the hot grease they produced during the frying process. Fruits, such as apples and peaches, were ripened and then dried.



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