By R. Marilyn Schmidt: Because of their often perceived or actual isolated location, Pine Barrens folk grew much of their food, particularly fruits and vegetables. People of the pines knew how to live off the land. During the Great Depression, these residents suffered little hardship. Gardens supplied vegetables which were eaten fresh, dried or canned in contrast to today’s freezing. Root cellars, a rarity today, enabled folks to keep potatoes, cabbages, carrots, beets, squash, and other vegetables and fruits to provide food throughout the winter. Little food was purchased. Necessities such as sugar, molasses, salt, pepper, flour, and cornmeal were available at the local general store. Today many people in the pines continue the old traditions. Cakes are still baked from scratch, gardens are maintained and yes, some people still keep chickens. The traditions of yesteryear continue today. Recipes included here are historic and interesting dishes including products commonly available or locally grown. They are culled from old time literature, – magazines, newspapers, books – and friends both old and new. Many were handed down from generation to generation. Enjoy these dishes and have them become a part of your history, as well.