Appalachian Food Seasons

Spring Tonics in Appalachia

Lots of folks believe in taking a spring tonic to jump start your body after a long winter of being cooped up indoors eating a diet lacking in fresh vegetables. The blood was thought to thicken and get sluggish in the winter months. Spring tonics were thought to thin the blood and make it more vibrant. Probably the most common spring tonic is to simply eat a big bait of fresh greens. Other tonics include molasses and sulfur, yellowroot, sassafras…

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Folk Dancing Seasons

Maypole Dance

Maypole Dance – John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown 2019 The tradition of dancing around the Maypole in celebration…