Okay, I’ve seen some weird vintage postcards in my day, but what’s with George Washington leering at a pair of blindfolded dames picking cabbage? And what the heck does any of this have to do with Halloween?
Well, a little research may shed some light. Did you know that Martha Washington called vegetables “the best part of our living in the country”? Veggies had an important place at 18th-century tables. Historians speculate that the Washington’s probably grew a variety of produce in Mount Vernon’s winter garden, including cabbage, lettuce, parsley, turnips, potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips, celery and cauliflower. Perhaps the gentlewomen are collecting the Halloween cabbage crop to pickle for winter eating. Now there’s a new spin on the holiday! So, good luck for Halloween and good luck with your cabbage harvest.