“Milk cows were an asset to any farm. They were “milked” morning and evening. Some were easier to milk than others. The milk was a valuable food source, useful for a healthy drink, for cooking, and of course, for homemade butter. At first, we had a daisy butter churn that resembled an eggbeater. Later we had a large crock and a doweling with little boards attached to the bottom that Dad had fashioned to “stomp” up and down until the cream turned to butter. But, equally important, cream could be sold. This cash could be obtained to trade for food at the grocery store. Mother used to ask: “Where are we going to ‘trade’ today”. That would determine, of course, where the cream was sold.” Frances, My Mother’s Memoirs
Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.
Thank you for listening in.
I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I look forward to sharing this moment with you.
When I entered the world of podcasting in 2019, my first goal was to preserve my mother’s story. Frances was raised on a farm in Nebraska during the eventful decades of the 1930’s and 1940’s. We read about the Great Depression that spanned the years from 1929 – 1939 and acknowledge that it was the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world. And yet, it is when we hear the stories of those who lived in those years that we come to fully appreciate how history continues to influence our present reality.
Today, I am joined by my mother Frances to discuss milking the cows.
I invite you to put the kettle on and join in the discussion. Frances and I look forward to your thoughts on TeaToast &Trivia!
Thank you for joining Frances and me on Tea Toast and Trivia as we looked back at farming in the past.