Why are foodways important?

Foodways is the study of what people eat and why. Why we procure, prepare and serve the food we do has cultural, sociological, geographical, financial and political influences.



Why is recognition of diverse foodways valuable?

Preserving our past and present for the future by research, documentation and oral histories. It is culinary anthropology on the hoof, paw, root and leaf.



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Wood Fire Stove Cooking Class

Midwest Eats!
Foodways of the Great Depression


Wood Fire Stove Cooking Class
with Seleena Kuester
Sunday, May 1, 2011
00 am to 2:00 pm
Primrose Farm
5N726 Crane Road
St. Charles, IL 


Cost: $40 per person.

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Program Information


Miss that down home cooking? Come out to Primrose Farm to learn the basics of wood stove cookery and combine farm-fresh ingredients with historic atmosphere.  Everyone will participate in the preparation and cooking.  You will learn how to operate and cook on a wood stove for a fully hands on class.  It should be a really good time!  Enjoy the fruits of your labor in a real, traditional dinner.


We will prepare a meal of roasted chicken, several sides and biscuits.  The butter on our biscuits we will have freshly churned.  Once the meal is completed, we will enjoy it together.  A tour of the farm is included.

Primrose Farm is a living history farm with the mission of providing interpretive experiences showing the impact of technology and social change on the lands and farm families of the Fox Valley. Amenities include a mid-19th century barn, milk house, pump house, hog house, sheep barn, chicken house, farmhouse, community garden plots, demonstration plots and farm discovery trails.


Seleena Kuester is a museum educator for the Lake County Discovery Museum & Bonner Heritage Farm.  She has worked in museums and living history for over 10 years and learned to cook on a wood stove while interpreting life in 1880s Schaumburg at Volkening Heritage Farm.







Primrose Farm





Primrose Farm