Category Archives: vegetables

Grow, Preserve, Eat—York County and food

From the time the first humans walked the productive soil of what is now York County, Pa., food has been grown, preserved and happily eaten here. Here a few examples from our history: One of my recent York Sunday News … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Germans were not the only ones planting by the moon

It is exciting when one piece of research ties back into a nother. I was reminded of this when looking at old and new almanacs and the listed moon signs, especially the lore of their influence on planting vegetables. I … Continue reading

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What do almanacs have to do with your garden crops?

Aren’t those fresh summer vegetables wonderful? Especially if they are locally grown, perhaps in your own back yard. By now, you have a good idea of how well your garden has fared. You know if you have more squash than … Continue reading

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Did a 1959 Russian visit to York contribute to a 2015 Russian Orthodox warning?

My previous post quoted a December 5, 1959 York Gazette and Daily article on the visit of Russia’s First Deputy Minister of Trade and Agriculture to two York County potato chip makers, El-Ge and Bon Ton. The Russians were very … Continue reading

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Giant farm products from southern York County?

In response to my recent York Sunday News column on York County potatoes, Glen Rock area historian and friend John Hufnagel shared five fantasy post cards from his collection. The informal community of Besserville consisted of a restaurant, department store … Continue reading

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“Queen of the Crop” York County Potato Queens

I have been getting a lot of comments on my recent blog posts and York Sunday News column on the serious business of growing potatoes in York County. There was some glamour involved too, as shown in these two original … Continue reading

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York County fields yield a lot of potatoes

We take potatoes for granted, consuming copious amounts of the fried, baked, mashed and chipped vegetable. York County growers have produced untold numbers of these staple tubers over the years. While transcribing my father’s diaries from his farming years, I … Continue reading

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Horn Farm Center–Good Example of History and Future of York County Agriculture

Thanks to June Evans for sharing the history of the Horn Farm Center for Educational Agriculture with me, as well as these old photographs of the site. See the captions for more identification and attribution. A portion of the eastern … Continue reading

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York County Pumpkins

Fall brings big pumpkins, beautiful chrysanthemums and colorful changing leaves. Folk artist Lewis Miller didn’t say much about York County flowers, but he did show local strawberries, cabbages, corn, potatoes and pumpkins. “The caption on the champion pumpkin above reads: … Continue reading

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York Presbyterian Minister Cathcart Was an Avid Gardener

Robert Cathcart, long-time Presbyterian minister of York County, recorded notable occurrences in his diary, as did many others. He noted the flood that devastated much of York in 1817 and mentioned the deaths of leading citizens. He recorded the comings … Continue reading

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