Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Here in the middle of America is where I grew up. It is farm country. Some farmers raised wheat, corn, and other crops. Some farmers raised livestock such as cows, sheep, or pigs. Most farmers raised a bit of all the above.
Grandpa raised all of the above. Most of the grain and corn was raised to feed the livestock. So was hay.
Grandpa had pigs. They were mostly for butchering to feed the family. They also made good garbage disposals.
He raised cows. That was his main source of income. The milk from the cows was sold to dairies. Some of the males were used to eat but mostly the cows made new cows so the abundant milk supply continued.
Grandpa raised horses. Of course they worked but it was more because he loved them so.
Gardens are a big deal on the farm as are fruit trees. The produce they yield are cooked, canned, pickled, and preserved for use all year long.
Potatoes are a staple in the diets in this part of the country. They are served in one form or another at almost every evening meal. They are full of nutrition and they "stick to the ribs" meaning they are filling.
Grandpa would plant a small field of potatoes. When the time came he would plow them up and we would follow behind and gather them out of the ground. Potatoes are stored and used all year until the next year's harvest.
My husband loved potatoes too. As it was with all farm families potatoes were served for supper every night. He did not consider it supper unless there were potaotes.
When he moved back here from the big city he was fortunate to have a neighbor who became a very good friend. They worked together on most everything they needed to make pleasant lives.
The neighbor is of Mexican descent. He does not eat potatoes and did not understand my husband's love for them.
The two of them decided to plant a garden together. The neighbor was excited about growing his own tomatoes and hot peppers. My husband insisted that they plant potatoes.
To this day the neighbor chuckles about the potatoes. He still does not know why they had to plant nothing but potatoes that year.