November 1938. "San Joaquin County, Calif. Pumpkins in barnyard to feed cows of rehabilitation client." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.
The Dimotakis family farm in Manteca, California, was virtually self-sufficient and grew a variety of fruits: figs, apricots, peaches, loquats, dates, oranges, lemons, limes, mulberries, melons and grapes; vegetables and nuts: peas, beans, zucchini, avocados, olives, pecans, walnuts, almonds. It also included a functioning olive oil plant, dairy and aviary, and livestock, and there was an outdoor wood-burning oven for bread baking; and they kept bees for gathering honey. Most weekends there was a social gathering around food and drink that often included a goat or lamb rotating on a spit. (Source: Cathy Rundell, 2010, descendant of the Dimotakis family, owners of the farm in 1938.)
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