Marie Cathillon raised five children on the farm in Le Petit-Courty. Marie’s Pantry was stocked with wild and cultivated herbs used for cleaning and seasoning. Long before chemicals were invented, eco-friendly housekeeping was the only alternative.
The characters Francisca, Marie, and even Aunt Agnes are loosely based on my family and my experiences. In this picture, my mother’s family is making apple butter on an outside pot on her family farm in rural Western Pennsylvania, just as I envisioned Marie making things for her family in Le Petit-Courty during the Renaissance.
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