Let’s take a little field trip back to 1943. Go ahead and hop in those time machines! We’re going to explore the day and age when the world was at war and our food supply was in peril.
American Life in 1943
Think about this: The average family in 1943 was living on $29 a week. Food staples were rationed out to families in order to provide for the troops. As you can imagine, fresh fruits and vegetables were in short supply. In order to keep the nation from starvation, the U.S. Government encouraged folks to help out in any way that they could. Propaganda posters popped up in every town urging families to plant ‘Victory Gardens’ to provide their own produce.
The squash hill has taken off so quickly! Also a sunflower with my house and the ridiculous giant block of an apartment behind us. A pile of tomato vines that exploded, lemon blossoms, the cabbages we are slowly harvesting, and a blanket flower I rescued that’s finally perking up.
Eager to grow tomatoes? Me, too. This kind is called “Mortgage Lifter,” supposedly because the grower sold enough of them to pay off his $6,000 mortgage back in the 1940s. Nowadays, the payoff is the size and flavor of the tomatoes.