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Pickles, Preserves and Produce on Parade

Photo of 4H exhibits of jams, jellies and pickles courtesy of flickr group Simple Pleasures with Fibromyalgia

Spoiled as we are today, when we can pop a frozen entrée into a microwave oven and have a hot lunch ready three minutes later, it is easy to lose sight of how vital a skill food preservation was for settlers in 19th- and early 20th-century Wisconsin. Refrigeration didn't become a practical means of preserving food until well into the 1920s, and home freezers did not become commonplace until after World War II. To put the importance of food preservation in pioneer Wisconsin into perspective, Old World Wisconsin will present a special event called Pickles, Preserves and Produce on Saturday and Sunday, September 3–4.

Something Different to See and Do Both Days

On both days of the special event visitors can experience making crock pickles, drying pumpkin, smoking fish, making sunshine preserves and loads more — as farmers did before modern refrigeration. Samples of some old-world jelly will be available too.

On Saturday hungry visitors can cap off the day with a bountiful Farmhand Buffet from 4–7 pm in the historic Clausing Barn. Also on Saturday, an old-time Barn Dance kicks off in the upper level of Clausing Barn from 6–9 pm. Barn Dance reservations are recommended and are available through Friday, Sep 2.

On Sunday visitors can partake of a Country Picnic Buffet from 11 am to 2 pm. For complete details on the Saturday and Sunday meals and the Saturday Barn Dance, visit our calendar of events. For complete details on hours, admission fees, location and directions, visit our visitor information pages.

:: Posted August 29, 2011

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