Wild Recipes from the Trail

Volumes could be written on the many uses of dandelion as food and medicine, indeed they have been! This common weed is often hated and poisoned by those preferring a “weed free” lawn, while those …
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DIY Drinking Vinegars

DIY Drinking Vinegars

In an earlier blog we discussed why the Oregon Trail Pioneers would take vinegar with them.  Another use for vinegar is a refreshing summer drink. Commonly called Shrub.Shrub like apple cider vin …
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MOST BELOVED HERB ON THE TRAIL

Hawthorn is easily the most loved herb for the heart. It nourishes and protects the heart, and has a rich history that is centuries old. Hawthorn can be found in temperate regions of the North …
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Why Vinegar on the Oregon Trail?

One of the most frequently asked questions from guests is, "Why is vinegar on the supply list for traveling the Oregon Trail?"       Let's explore vinegar's history a lit …
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What Was Hardtack?

     What exactly was hardtack?  I get this question hundreds of times during a season at the National Oregon/California Trail Center in Montpelier.    &nb …
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WOULD YOU HAVE SURVIVED??

WOULD YOU HAVE SURVIVED??

     The Oregon Trail Center is doing as well as it can with these exceptional times. Like you we are finding new ways to do things. Our pioneers did this on a daily basis while on …
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