B – Harvest Time


This part of the house was used to store and dry grain such as wheat and rye. It was the women who were responsible for harvesting the crops once were ready. The cereals were dried on the stadel terraces of the house. In November the cereals were threshed with that object that looks like a stick: the thresher, or as we call it "flegél". At this stage the cereals were not yet ready for consumption because first any impurities had to be removed. To do this the women used what looks very much like an unfinished basket but which is in reality a special sieve or “d’wannò”. They shook the cereals inside the sieve until only the clean grain remained. The cereals and flours would then be stored in the pantry together with bread and cured meats. All of these foods had to be protected from humidity.


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