Gardening Work for the family's food
Find some of the foods that are fresh in July through September in the puzzle. Imagine helping grow all of these things for your family!
...kids had to lend a hand, too.
It is so easy in our day to go to the grocery store and buy the food items, like fruits and vegetables, that we want to eat. Some of us have gardens in our backyards, but few of us need to grow the food we eat. For most colonial families, food stuffs were grown in a kitchen garden or orchard at the home. Maybe some fruits were gathered in the wild, or purchased in markets, but most families in Bucks County grew what they needed. Mom would probably spend much time making certain that the garden grew what she had to have to feed her family as well as plants for other uses. Some of the children would have certainly helped with all the work in the garden. Making sure the birds and animals did not eat the seeds or plants, carefully pulling the weeds, and harvesting (picking) the foods when they were grown would have been important jobs for kids to help do. This work had to be done in order to be certain that families had food all year as the things grown that were not eaten right away were saved or preserved to be eaten during the winter and spring when they were no longer growing.