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American Food Roots Project

Here at Butternut Mountain Farm we are continually looking to the past to inform future decisions around our maple production, products and distribution. To us, looking back at history and seeing where we are today as a family, farm and business is utterly fascinating. Therefore, when the opportunity arose to sponsor the American Food Roots Project – an award-winning online magazine, which delves into the history behind the foods and culture of eating in American today, we jumped at the opportunity.

“What’s surprising in this material are the number of foods and nutritional concepts that we think of as contemporary,” says American Food Roots’ managing editor, Bonny Wolf, who moderates the conversation. “In fact, many of our current culinary habits can trace their beginnings to this seminal event 100 years ago.”

Recently, the American Food Roots Project released a series of videos on today’s foods with ties stemming from the First World War – maple syrup included.

“A World War 1 Meal From Soup to Nuts,” the first in the five-part series, introduces the idea that America began fighting the war from its kitchens long before its soldiers reached Europe. The “First Course” video profiles the rise of peanut butter as a meat substitute – driven in part by Southern farmers who were transitioning from cotton – and a high-falutin’ ingredient called “mayonnaise”. In the remaining three videos, soybeans are fashioned into croquettes and braised tongue tells an early nose-to-tail story. Dessert is all maple syrup, which bolsters barley flour and buckwheat in a cake that will please today’s health-conscious bakers.

Did you know?

“Meatless Mondays – a popular Facebook trend – were not invented by hippies. Soybean croquettes were not the brainchild of the vegan movement. And maple syrup was promoted as an “alternative” sweetener long before the war against high-fructose corn syrup. All of these items, in fact, can trace part of their heritage to World War 1.”

For more information on this project and to access the video series, click here!