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Harvest in the Home

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01 October 2013

The Curator of Domestic and Cultural Life has been very busy the last couple of weeks researching all things harvest to bring ‘Harvest in the Home’ to the museum site. Harvest time in the Black Country meant seasonal recipes made from available produce, hop picking holidays and preserving food for the winter months.

At the end of September families in the Black Country would have been returning from their hop picking holidays. Our Curator discovered that often families would take part in hop picking work as a source of extra income and also as a change of scenery. They often travelled to places around Herefordshire and Worcestershire./media/news/library/vegtables.jpg

For Gregory’s General Store the Curator has identified seasonal produce that would have been available in 1913 and for the houses on site she has found traditional recipes such as apple and treacle tart, fruit biscuits and jams that could have been made from the produce available. The apple and treacle tart recipe was found in Marjorie Cashmore’s book ‘A Feast of Memories – Black Country food and life at the turn of the century’.  Marjorie collected traditional Black Country recipes and her book is often a rich source of information.  Visitors will be able see the pie being made in the Back-to-Back House and, for the very first time, the kitchen at the back of Gregory’s store will be demonstrated. From 11am-3pm demonstrators will be making fruit biscuits.

If you have any memories of harvest time or hop picking we’d love to hear from you, contact us here.

‘Harvest in the Home’ is on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 10am – 5pm. You can find more information about visiting the museum here.

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