WORCESTER PA – As leaves begin to fall and cold weather creeps in, it’s time to think about preserving food for the long winter ahead.  The Peter Wentz Farmstead, 2100 Shearer Rd., Worcester PA, will offer demonstrations Saturday (Sept. 25, 2010) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on historic methods of preserving early fall harvests.

Without refrigerators and supermarkets, people of the past had to find other ways to make fresh food last as long as possible. Participants in Worcester can experience the busy activities of autumnal food preservation and preparation typical on a farm of the late 18th through early 19th centuries.

The program highlights drying fruits and vegetables that would have been used throughout the winter season, when such items were not readily available. Farmers will press apples into cider using tools and machinery typical of earlier centuries.

A guided tour of the farm’s house will include information on how a colonial household readied for the cooler seasons ahead. Volunteers will also demonstrate the task of processing flax fibers in preparation for spinning and weaving done later in the season.

The program “gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the seasonality of work on an 18th century farm,” according to museum educator Kimberly Boice.

An admission donation of $2 per person is suggested. For more information call 610-584-5104.

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