Rose Clark loves to fish. She keeps a garden, from which she put up 21 quarts of canned beans this past year. And she often host dinners, where 18 family members and friends dine at her table… Rose is 102 years old.
I had a wonderful opportunity to sit down with Rose in her home, along with her son, Doyle and his wife, Nora, to hear about her life, her childhood memories, and her secret to green beans.
As Nora says, “Rose is the winner,” and she is, surrounded by people who love her dearly. The mailman, even, helped her put in her garden and staked the beans as they grew. She is a joy, and the richness of her life certainly comes out in her stories.
Bill Best is director of the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center in Berea, Kentucky. Best saves seeds grown and cherished by Appalachian families, helping to preserve mountain culture and biodiversity. He
The Appalachian Food Storybank seeks to acknowledge, honor, and archive Appalachian heritage food stories in order to preserve diverse local traditions, natural resources, heirloom varieties and breeds.