Summer campers learning about North Carolina crops at the N.C. Museum of History

Kids participating in the Taste of the Past Summer Camp at the N.C. Museum of History have an opportunity to take a few crops from the field to the table this week. Monday found the campers out harvesting corn, beans and a few holdover strawberries in the educational gardens outside the museum. Museum staff put a fun spin on the work of shucking corn, making it a team competition. Team A shucked 33 ears and Team B shucked 23 ears—all pulled from the garden.

Harvesting corn at the N.C. History Museum

Kids participating in the Taste of the Past summer camp at the N.C. Museum of History harvest corn as part of the educational experience.

This week, campers are learning more about cooking these vegetables along with past and present kitchen customs, tools, foods and recipes. Kids are learning about the many ways to preserve food, including turning cucumbers into refrigerator pickles and drying apple slices.

Sounds like a fun AND yummy camp!

The gardens are designed to tell the story of agricultural crops in the state, past and present. With all the rain this spring and summer, the gardens have taken off and are looking good. In addition to corn, beans and strawberry plants, you can see sweet potatoes, tobacco, sorghum, herbs, peanuts and several commercial and heirloom varieties of cotton. Be sure to check out the gardens and learn more about North Carolina’s leading industry.

Picking corn at the N.C. Museum of History

Kids participating in the Taste of the Past Summer Camp at the N.C. Museum of History are seen harvesting corn recently from the educational gardens.

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