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Food and Farming

"Where's the Grocery Store?"


Food and farming were of paramount concern to the early American colonists. While many of the original settlers had small farms and grew the majority of their food, there was no guarantee that they would have enough to sustain themselves. If and when crops failed, a family would have little choice but to buy or barter their provisions from others. Indeed, the very first Jamestown settlement experienced a meager harvest and would have starved (in fact, many did) had it not been for the local natives providing for them. Ditto for the passengers of the Mayflower, from whence we obtain our modern Thanksgiving; initially, it was giving thanks for not starving to death.

Although a variety of sources are used for this section, the bulk of the material comes from the following publications:
  • A New Booke of Cookerie by John Murrell, 1615
  • American Cookery by Amelia Simmons, 1798
  • The Frugal Housewife by Sussannah Carter, 1803
  • A New System of Domestic Cookery by Maria Rundell, 1807
  • The New-England Cookery by Lucy Emerson, 1808
  • The Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton (1859)
Much of the commentary is in the author's own words, so please excuse the spelling...also, there is some bias towards England over the colonies, as several of these books were written there and then brought over to the New World by settlers...



Vegetables (28)

Fruits-Nuts (28)

Herbs-Spices (38)

Grains (7)

Farm Stock (5)

Birds (12)

Fishes (41)

Wild Game (5)

Dairy (5)

Other Plants (19)

Other Animals (2)

Other (9)

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NameCategory
AlexandersOther Plants
AllspiceHerbs-Spices
AlmondFruits-Nuts
AnchovyFishes
AppleFruits-Nuts
ApricotFruits-Nuts
ArrowrootOther Plants
ArtichokeVegetables
AsparagusVegetables
BarbelFishes
BarberryFruits-Nuts
BarleyGrains
BasilHerbs-Spices
Bay LaurelHerbs-Spices
BayberryFruits-Nuts
BeanVegetables
Bee BalmHerbs-Spices
BeetVegetables
BittersweetFruits-Nuts
BoarWild Game
BrandyOther
BrillFishes
BrocoliVegetables
Brussels SproutVegetables
ButterDairy
CabbageVegetables
CaperOther Plants
CarpFishes
CarrotVegetables
CatnipHerbs-Spices
CauliflowerVegetables
CayenneHerbs-Spices
CeleryVegetables
ChamomileHerbs-Spices
ChampagneOther
CharFishes
CheeseDairy
CherryFruits-Nuts
ChervilHerbs-Spices
ChestnutFruits-Nuts
NameCategory
ChickenBirds
ChiveHerbs-Spices
ChrysanthemumOther Plants
ChubFishes
CinnamonHerbs-Spices
CitronFruits-Nuts
ClaretOther
CloveHerbs-Spices
CocoaOther Plants
CoconutFruits-Nuts
CodFishes
CoffeeOther Plants
CorianderHerbs-Spices
CowFarm Stock
CowslipOther Plants
CrabFishes
CranberryFruits-Nuts
CreamDairy
CucumberVegetables
CurrantFruits-Nuts
DaceFishes
DahliaOther Plants
DamsonFruits-Nuts
DeerWild Game
DillHerbs-Spices
DoruFishes
DuckBirds
EelFishes
EggsDairy
ElderberryFruits-Nuts
EndiveVegetables
FennelHerbs-Spices
FlounderFishes
GarlicVegetables
GingerHerbs-Spices
GoatFarm Stock
GoldenrodOther Plants
GooseBirds
GooseberryFruits-Nuts
GrapesFruits-Nuts

 

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Source: Overview by Geoffrey Reiss
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