The fruits of summer

Posted 8/30/19

The end of summer means it's harvest time at the Littleton Museum, where volunteers maintain authentic 19th-century farms. In the museum's 1890s-style garden, historical interpreter Kathie …

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The fruits of summer

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The end of summer means it's harvest time at the Littleton Museum, where volunteers maintain authentic 19th-century farms.

In the museum's 1890s-style garden, historical interpreter Kathie Owens-Tucker has lots of work to do, processing and preserving the garden's loads of organic heirloom produce.

“I don't need to go to the gym,” Owens-Tucker said as she harvested ears of corn. “I get all my weightlifting, balance and isometric exercise right here.”

Gardening in the late 19th century was a real point of pride for people in Littleton, Owens-Tucker said, as the pioneer lifestyle gave way to a suburban one, and people who commuted to jobs in the big city wanted to maintain their connection to the land.

“We could stand to maintain that connection now,” Owens-Tucker said. “We're part of nature, and it's part of us.”

The Littleton Museum, at 6028 South Gallup St., will host its free annual Harvest Festival from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. on Oct. 13.

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