Thursday, December 16, 2010

Did you remember?

I love this poster from the National Museum of American History, a branch of the Smithsonians.
Produced during war time in the 1940s, home gardens have seen a resurgence in recent years, even at the White House! I can think of nothing better than opening up a can of pears in syrup right now in this snow but sadly, no garden here. Do you save your summer crops?

10 comments:

My Notting Hill said...

The only thing we do is freeze our black raspberries and now we're down to the last 2 bags. My husband's family hardly ever had store-bought vegetables and fruits in they winter as they put up enough canned foods to take them through spring. Great poster - very charming.

Hels said...

Thank you for this one. I love Depression and World War One and Two posters because they were so political, but gentle at the same time.

These were VERY long years i.e many of the years between 1914-45. Hunger, unemployment and death by enemy action were very real concerns for average families. Yet the posters managed to make family life look normal-ish.... if only families saved money, grew their own food, recycled materials or whatever the cause was.

Mel said...

I try to put up food, but it's hard to do at the level that I really want to, partly because my work schedule is so whacked. Still, I grew up on homegrown produce and prefer it to mass-produced store bought.

Reggie Darling said...

We have a lot of strawberries that I froze in June, and haricot vert and cauliflower, too, from later in the summer. Our big "canning" is of vegetable soup we make at the end of the summer, and eat it all winter, doctoring it up as we see fit. Reggie

Woody said...

As an Angeleno, I cannot quite relate to this need for canning. We have grapefruits and oranges galore each winter. That and I'm pretty sure Big Food finds ways of making fruits and vegetables available (if not delicious or even healthy) all year.

quintessence said...

I have nothing to can as well but how lovely would that be to be able to open a bit of summer in the middle of winter!

quintessence said...

I have nothing to can but my neighbors have not only a garden but chickens that give them fresh eggs!

DAM said...

We started canning this year after a trip to the apple orchards. Apple sauce, pie filling etc.

With the abundance of cranberries we're now canning that up for gifts this holiday season.

pve design said...

Makes me long for my Grandmother's bread and butter pickles. I can taste them!
pve

Thomas at My Porch said...

I so want to have a Victory garden but alas, I think our neigborhood might be too shady.