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When groceries were hard work

Costumed interpreters help a child push a plow being pulled by oxen during the weekend’s Agricultural Fair. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
September 27, 2009
STURBRIDGE — Back in the in 1830s, the average person put in hours of manual labor just to prepare to plant the crops for their table.

Fast-forward to 2009, and most people rarely give a second thought to the hard work that goes into food for the public.

"People still today will plow their fields," said Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) costumed interpreter Thomas Mahoney as visitors took turns pushing a plow a pair of oxen were towing. "It is a harder way of living, but simpler."

That was just one of the lessons OSV visitors could learn Saturday, Sept. 26 at its annual Agricultural Fair. Demonstrations of various farming techniques from the period were exhibited, along with cider production techniques and textile manufacturing. A second day of festivities was scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 27.

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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