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    Posted: 24 November 2014 at 01:47

In case you folks didn't know it, one of our best contributors and a long time member of the forum has a catalogue available with natural and organic food products. 

I thought the least I could do would be to give him a sticky thread announcing this fact.

This thread will be closed to comments, so if you'd like say something about it please start a new thread.

Thanks and good luck Brook.

Historic Foodways


PO BOX 519




$12.50 each

A series of cookbooks containing recipes adapted from 18
th century cookbooks and cookery manuscripts; each recipe proven over both open fires and in home kitchens.

A Colonial Virginia Book of Cookery

A Colonial Virginia Book of Cookery, Second Table

Historic Seeds


Amber Globe Turnip: A yellowish-white, sweet tasting turnip, similar to the extinct Dutch Yellow that was popular in the 18th century. Amber Globe can be dated previous to 1840.

Black Peanuts: Peanuts, in general, were very popular among slaves because they resemble the African ground nut, a staple in many parts of Africa. Ground nuts won’t grow here, however. These very rare black peanuts were particularly appealing, because the African ground nut is black. Black Peanuts can be dated previous to 1750.

Brown Flax: Fibers from flax were used to make linen. The brown is more fibrous than the more popular Blue Flax grown today for its oil-rich seeds. Brown Flax can be dated previous to 1700.

Bull Nose Pepper: Originally a small, not particularly sweet pepper used to make “mangoes.” Breeders in the 19th century kept selecting for size and sweetness until creating a full-sized bell pepper; the #1 commercial bell pepper by the end of the century. Bull Nose can be dated previous to 1800.

Cayenne Pepper: The evidence suggests that chilis of various types were grown throughout the colonies. Cayenne, however, is the only one we can document as being grown, by name, in kitchens gardens. Cayenne can be dated previous to 1790.

Clabbord Bean: An 18th century pole bean that was grown up the sidewalls of buildings, in the clapboards, thus providing its name. Currently available under the name “Caseknife Bean,” Clabbord can be dated by name previous to 1796.

Crookneck Squash: A warted, yellow summer squash, grown by Native Americans and early settlers. Crookneck can be dated previous to European contact.

Fife-Creek Okra: Grown by the Fife family of southern Mississippi since being gifted with seed by a Creek woman visiting them from the Indian Nations. Its large pods remain tender when as much as 7 inches long. Fife-Creek, which may be a variant of the Texas Cowhorn variety, can be dated previous to 1890.

Jimmy’s White Cucumber: White cucumbers were well known in the 18th century. This one is a full-sized cuke grown in the same Kentucky family for more than 100 years. Jimmy’s White can be dated previous to 1890.

KY Flat Tan Field Pumpkin: A light tan colored culinary pumpkin of the “cheese” type, this is one of the sweetest eating pumpkins around. Rampant vines produce well, with fruits to about 25 pounds. A Kentucky heirloom, Flat Tan can be dated to the late 19th century.

Large Red Tomato: A popular commercial tomato in the last quarter of the 19th century, Large Red’s size and shape is typical of the tomatoes grown in the 18th century. Large Red can be dated previous to 1875.

Orinoco Tobacco: Originally grown by John Rolfe at Jamestown in 1611 from seed smuggled out of South America, this is the most common tobacco grown in America previous to 1800. Orinoco can be dated previous to 1600.

Plum Granny: A naturalized, non-edible melon, with a pleasing aroma, often used to cover body odor. Small, colorful, and aromatic. Can be dated previous to European contact.

Sugar Pea: A pole type cowpea with a sweeter flavor than black-eyed peas, although smaller in size. Sugar Peas can be dated at least to the early 19th century, and may be older than that.

Whippoorwill Cowpea: A bush type cowpea, Whippoorwill was the most popular cowpea previous to the Civil War. This line has been in the same family since at least 1820. Whippoorwill can be dated previous to 1800.

Yellow Pear Cherry Tomato: A bright yellow, teardrop-shaped cherry tomato often used to make preserves. Yellow Pear can be dated previous to 1720.

Flavors of the 18th Century

Dried Herb Packets/2 Tbls $2.20

Colonial housewives grew a variety of herbs in their kitchen gardens. They dried and used these herbs to enhance and flavor the dishes they prepared for family, friends, and guests.

These same herbs, grown just as they were in the 18th century, are now available so you, too, can perk up the dishes you cook.

Choose from Basil, Marjoram, Mint, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme, Summer Savory & Winter Savory.

All herbs are organically grown, hand-harvested, air-dried and hand-stripped prior to packaging.

18th Century Dried Sweet Herb Mix

2 Tbls $2.20

4 Tbls $4.00

A blend of Parsley, Basil, Leeks, Marjoram, Tarragon, Thyme & Winter Savory.

Herbal Vinegars

8 oz Bottle $6.60

17 oz Bottle $8.60

Organically grown herbs infused into white vinegar. Available flavors include:
Chive, Rosemary, Tarragon, and Thyme

Strewing Herb Sachets

$3.00 each

Aromatic herbs were spread (strewn) on cabin floors in the 18th century to help deodorize and freshen the air.

These same herbs are now available in the form of sachets to help keep linens and clothing fresh and sweet smelling.

Choose from Hyssop, Lavender, Rosemary, Sage or Mixed Herbs. All herbs are organically grown, hand-harvested, air-dried and hand-stripped prior to packaging.

Herbal Body Balm

1 ounce $7.50
2 ounces $14.50

Herbal Lip Balm
.15 ounce tube $3.50

Medicinal and aromatic herbs are blended into a conditioning cream designed to heal, cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, and tone the skin and lips. Choose from Lavender or Lemon Balm body balm and lip balm.

First Aid Sticks

.15 ounce tube $3.50

Medicinal herbs blended as first-aid treatment for superficial wounds, burns, irritations and infections. Choose from Calendula, Lemon Balm, Pennyroyal, Chickweed, Burdock, or Plantain.

First Aid Creams

1 ounce $7.50
2 ounces $14.50

Similar formulations as our first aid sticks, but blended into a spreadable salve.


PO BOX 519



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SUBTOTAL: _______________________________

SHIPPING & HANDLING: _______________

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Ordering Information

Historic seeds are packaged as starter packs, with a minimum of 25 seeds per pack.

Books, seeds and herbal products are shipped separately. Because books are shipped media mail to reduce costs delivery time may be longer.

Herbal vinegars must be either picked up directly from Historic Foodways at our location or delivered by Historic Foodways within 30 miles of our location. There is a fuel surcharge for deliveries.

Shipping and handling costs are based on the value of your order, according to the following schedule:

Up to $12.00: $3.00 $60.01 - $72.00: $17.00

$12.01 - $24.00: $6.00 $72.01 - $85.00: $19.00

$24.01 - $36.00: $9.00 $85.01 - $100.00: $21.00

$36.01 - $48.00: $12.00 $101.00 - $150.00: $25.00

$48.01 - $60.00: $15.00 More than $150.00: $30.00

Make checks or money orders payable to Historic Foodways.


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