Category Archives: Food History

Markets in the Early Twentieth Century

I have been re-reading Jane Ziegelman’s 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement.


It is a great book for learning about the foodways of tenement dwellers and the connections between food, lifestyle, and identity.

The following is an early Edison film of “A Ghetto Market” (1903)

This is a fish market, and I especially like the vendors tearing up newsprint to wrap customers’ purchases. New York markets were especially well supplied, if somewhat chaotic and run down.


Recent Stories of Interest from Around the Web

The following are links to a few recent news stories and features from around the web that may be of interest…

The first is from a teacher who reflects on her experiences teaching for a for profit virtual charter school.

This feature article investigates the rise of toast as an artisanal food trend in San Francisco.

And finally, this article about a meeting of the elders of organic farming at Eselen that explores the problems of the increasing age of farmers and their difficulties passing on their farms to the next generation.