18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, July 21, 1913: Picked blackberries this morning and rather enjoyed it. My time seems very much occupied these days. I help load hay, which I really don’t mind so very much and then there is my music to keep me busy and some other things.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Mmm, blackberries. . . A hundred years ago, berries and other fruits were only available for a few weeks a year when they were in season. The July, 1913 issue of Good Housekeeping provided menus for the month.
Even in the mid-1900s people still primarily ate seasonal foods. I can remember being so excited when I was a child when the first blackberries . . . or strawberries. . . or raspberries came into season. And, then we’d have a plethora of berries, and we’d eat them two or three times a day for the next week or two. By the end of the season, I never wanted to see another berry again—but by the time the next year rolled around I’d again be anxiously anticipating the ripening of the first berries.