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History center's 'Plow to Plate' offers chance to taste, learn
Family Day highlights culinary delights
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Rita Clifton displays several different types of historical hand butter churns at Sunday’s Northeast Georgia History Center’s Family Day. - photo by Alexander Popp

Northeast Georgia History Center’s home-made apple sauce

• 6 pounds of peeled, cored apples. Cut into eight slices.

• 1 cup apple juice or cider

• One lemon. Juiced.

• 1/2 cup of brown sugar

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes.

Carefully puree in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Store in the fridge and enjoy. 

Visitors experienced a selection of simple yet delicious historical foods all cooked with traditional methods at the Northeast Georgia History Center’s monthly Family Day on Sunday.

Also, a number of demonstrations highlighted the process of growing and preserving foods.

“Food Ways: Plow to Plate” allowed people the chance to see historical open fire cooking methods for a number of items from cornbread to rice pudding.  

Besides the many food samples, people also came away with packages of Heirloom Cherokee Black Beans and Aunt Cora’s Starburst Tomato seeds, courtesy of the University of North Georgia’s Appalachian Studies Center, and were given an explanation on how to make their beans sprout at home.    

“It’s really about agricultural food ways from history, and bringing that forward to today,” said Northeast Georgia History Center Executive Director Glen Kyle, explaining that Sunday’s event and all of the monthly events are part of an effort by the center to educate others about and celebrate the rich history of North Georgia.

And according to Kyle, the Family Day events are a great way of doing both of those things, by providing hands-on activities and bringing history to life.

Other activities at Plow to Plate included demonstrations on a number of different topics from how to correctly churn butter and grind corn, to lessons on making wooden honey dippers from wood craftsman Clint Daniel, and several information tables on Georgia agricultural resources.

Next month the history center’s Family Day will focus on Civil War era Georgia, and examining the little-known stories and legends of North Georgia during the war, with museum theater performances and demonstrations of 1860s weaponry.

For more information about exhibits at the Northeast Georgia History Center and future public events, go to www.negahc.org.

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