Thursday, January 29, 2009
By Barbara M. Houle FOOD EDITOR
"Old Sturbridge Village gets a spot in the Food Network’s new series, “Will Work for Food.”
Adam Gertler pairs his comedic timing with an adventurous spirit in an episode that airs Tuesday exposing him to the world of little-known food jobs. At Old Sturbridge Village, Gertler works beside OSV interpreter Ryan Beckman to learn how to prepare a traditional 1830s-style meal. He gets to milk a cow, chop wood, build a fire, test the oven, bake a pie, skim cream, churn butter and pluck, stuff and roast a chicken. If that’s not enough, the guy then has to serve his meal to the village farm staff. Tough critics, you think?
The Old Sturbridge Village stagecoach saves the day and brings Gertler back to the 21st century.
Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far