the threshing meal

Hot Coffee


Beverage Table


Earlier this week, I promised to share some images of the threshing meal at Carriage Hill Farm. Traditionally, the hosting farm would be responsible for preparing and serving a midday meal for the threshing workers that were working hard in the fields. The ladies of the farm would begin preparing the meal days in advance and worked hard to impress their guests.

Fifteen minutes before the meal was to be served, the bell was rung to give the men time to come in and wash up before they ate.


Empty Hats


Thirsty Men


The first order of business was to get something to drink. They had plenty to choose from:


Ice Water


Raspberry Shrub

Iced Tea



After grabbing a glass of their chosen beverage, the workers migrated to the table and found a seat.


Finding Seats


Digging In


Under the Catawba Tree


Full Bellies


What was served at this threshing meal?


Fried Chicken

Green Beans with Smoked Bacon



Cucumbers and Onions in Vinegar Water

Apple Pie

Berry Cobbler with Whipped Cream



Not a bad meal at all. The men were served under the giant catawba tree in the back yard. With the good food and shade combination, they got to relax, cool down and recharge before they went back to work.


Waiting for Their Turn


While the field workers filled up, the farm staff waited patiently for their turn at the dinner tables. These are the folks that had prepared and served the huge meal to the hands.


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