Sunday was a beautiful spring day. It was one day without commitments after a long stretch of little league ball games for both kids all week. Seemed like a perfect day to head out to one of our favorite summer attractions. Greenfield Village, part of The Henry Ford, America’s Greatest History Attraction. We love the place so much, we have had an annual membership for years. It is a collection of artifacts and buildings acquired by Henry Ford and placed in his own “village”.
This is one of those standard field trip locations for schools in our area, so naturally both my husband and I remember visiting as children. But unlike most places we’ve visited as children, then return to take our own kids which we often find to have changed drastically throughout the years, this place remains pretty much the same. Because that is it’s intent. To preserve periods of history so that we may experience them as if we traveled back in time. The village is filled with volunteers that dress in period attire, role play as if they were living in the time period of the building they volunteer in.
Our children’s “must do” activities for every trip include a ride aboard the steam engine
and a ride aboard the 1913 carousal.
This visit included several blooming signs of spring.
We have visited the village several times a year, for many years, but this time I was looking at things through new lenses. One particular area that I glossed over in the past, I now took special note of. Food…Real food, being grown, raised, prepared, stored.
The kids helped water the garden.
At the Firestone farm, they raise animals, cook meals, slaughter animals, plow the fields, shear the sheep…do the daily farm chores…all for visitors to see.
You don’t find boxed groceries in the pantries of these home, no feed lot beef at their tables, no high fructose corn syrup in their breads, no pesticides on their fields.
As we step back in time to witness these days of past, I realize, these are the real food times that our home now strives to model as best we can. And we are getting there, one step at a time.