On November 9, 2022

The Castleton Woman’s Club hosts surprising history of common veggies

Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m.— CASTLETON—The Castleton Woman’s Club meeting Wednesday, Nov. 9 will feature a Vermont Humanities Council program titled “Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables.”

Science and history writer Rebecca Rupp will talk about the surprising history of common garden vegetables. She will discuss the stories behind many of our favorites, among them the much-maligned tomato and potato, the (mostly) popular pumpkin, and Vermont’s dynamic duo of kale and Gilfeather turnip.

Find out why a lot of us don’t like beets, how a 17th-century pirate named the bell pepper, how carrots won the Trojan War, and how George Washington was nearly assassinated with a plate of poisoned peas.

The Castleton Women’s Club meeting will be held at the Old Medical Chapel on the Castleton University Campus 12 p.m. buffet lunch, 12:30 p.m. meeting, 1 p.m. program. For information call 8

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