News Release 310

Homestead Harvest planned Sept. 17 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site

Volume 39-310 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., SEPT. 9, 2011 -- The role of food in the 19th century Ozarks will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 17 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site. Whether it was sold at market or consumed on the farm, food affected every part of daily life for farmers in southwest Missouri. “Homestead Harvest” will feature demonstrations of historic methods for preparing and storing food. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

In the morning, the event will feature period cooking demonstrations and programs that highlight the unique cuisine of the Ozarks. In the afternoon, interpreters will demonstrate and discuss how farmers stored fruits and vegetables for the winter.

Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site, which preserves the last home and grave of Missouri frontiersman Nathan Boone, was originally part of Boone’s expansive farm. Boone owned more than 700 acres and raised a wide variety of animals and crops. Today, the historic site features a vegetable garden, cornfield and orchard that are representative of early farming in the Ozarks. The historic site is located 1.5 miles north of historic Ash Grove on State Highway V.

For more information about the event, contact the historic site at 417-751-3266 or call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit