May 16, 2021

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Planting Seeds of Change, Inside Appalachia

This week continues In Appalachian MountainsWe speak to people who are planting seeds of change – literally and figuratively. While many find joy in their gardens and food chores, there are some people in Appalachia who are going through some of the most difficult times of their lives.

We are concerned with the story of a tomato – and not just any tomato. There is a mystery behind a heirloom tomato called a Mortgage Lifter. These tomatoes are big, pink, and cute. And they were so popular in Southwest Virginia – no less than $ 1 per inhabitant – that they helped their creator pay off his mortgage. A farmer named Radiator Charlie grew two varieties of tomatoes in Logan Country, West Virginia, and sold the plants in his local famous’s market with great success. Except, that’s not the end of the story. There is another “mortgage lifter” tomato. Folkways reporter Zack Harold investigated how we came up with different tomatoes with the same name.

In this episode:

This is an encore episode that we originally aired last November. It was the first episode Mason Adams and Caitlin Tan ever hosted together, and they initially wondered a little about their backstories and what to look forward to hosting In Appalachian Mountains.

Not an ordinary cookie

During the pandemic, many people turned to baking as a new hobby. Indeed flour sales almost doubled in 2020 compared to 2019.

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Check out this recipe for biscuits made from buckwheat flour.

Rachel Greene, one of our Folkways reporters, spoke to bakers who make cakes and cookies from flour that has been ground the old-fashioned way – in a stone mill. As Greene found outAlong with the biscuit recipe, bakers in western North Carolina make all kinds of baked goods from ground flour.

Healing for families

Much of our national attention in recent months has been on the coronavirus pandemic, but the opioid crisis has not gone away. And during the pandemic, additional stressors have made it especially challenging for people struggling with substance use disorders. Emily Corio brings us the story how multiple parents try to maintain sobriety to get their kids back.

In the past decade, the number of children in the West Virginia care system has increased more than 65 percent. Today around 7,000 children are in state custody. The opioid epidemic has hit families hard, and now the pandemic is making things even more difficult. Even so, people find ways to move forward. Last November, when we originally aired this episode, Emily Corio covered some of the impact of the pandemic on foster families.

As of March 29, 2021, a total of 306 children in foster families had tested positive for COVID-19, and 106 teenagers outside the state had tested positive for COVID-19. There are seven active cases of COVID-19 in foster children; Five will be housed in nursing homes and two in government housing.

If you or someone in your life is struggling with a substance use disorder and needs treatment, call 1-800-662-4357.

The story of two mortgage lenders

With spring, many people start to plant their gardens. We listen to a story about Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter tomato. The tomato is known for its size along with a pink color and a sweet taste.

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Mary Lou Estler ensures that a family tradition in the form of a home-grown tomato doesn’t go out of style.

This heirloom breed started in Logan County, West Virginia, where a guy named Radiator Charlie bred two varieties of tomatoes together to create one giant, juicy fruit. His creation became known and so many people bought his $ 1 tomato plants that he could pay for his house. This is how the “Mortgage Lifter” got its name.

Except that isn’t the end of the story. It turns out there is a lesser-known West Virginia tomato, also known as the “mortgage lifter,” which is older than Radiator Charlie’s. Our Folkways reporter Zack Harold investigated this great fruit secret.

Re-using cicadas for art

We also speak to a woman who has found a unique symbol of renewal and change – cicadas. The noisy insects are known to pop out of the ground every few years during the summer. Jessie McClanahan, a ceramic artist from Charleston, West Virginia, found a way to incorporate her seashells into her art.

McClanahan's finished cicada shells.

Photo courtesy Jessie McClanahan

McClanahan’s finished cicada shells.

“I want people to love you as much as I love you. They’re brash themselves, you know, and they’re those little creatures who spend all their time underground, ”McClanahan said. “And then they finally come out of their ground and say,” Hey, I’m here. “

Our co-host Caitlin Tan sat down with McClanahan to hear how the artist re-uses insect shells.

Our theme music comes from Matt Jackfert. Other music this week was provided by Dinosaur Burps, Guy Clark, and Anna and Elizabeth.

Roxy Todd is our producer. Jade Artherhults is our associate producer. Our executive producer is Andrea Billups. Our editor is Kelley Libby. Our audio mixer is Patrick Stephens. Zander Aloi also helped produce this episode.