New Pioneers Columns

Some of our well-loved columns that appear as "New Pioneers Notes" in The Springfield Sun.


Collard greens and spring cleaning - Feb 21, 2007

My grandmother Rose, and her mother, my great granny, Betty Ann Roberts, placed great store in spring cleaning for the new year.  When the weather began to warm and the days lengthened, the house was turned inside out to clear out the winter's accumulation.  Along with the house cleaning, they were just as strong about cleaning our bodies and souls.  Lent, with its prayers and fasting purified the soul; a big mess of spring greens cleaned the body.  Kale, collard greens, and spinach were mixed with wild mustard, lambs quarter, poke and wild onions to cook for hours with a ham hock, served with corn bread and white beans.  This tradition dating back to the British Isles was carried into the southern highlands by the first settlers.

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