Wednesday, October 29, 2008

X's and Y's

The inside of an old tobacco drying shed. Soon, tobacco filled it to the rafters. The side slats were closed during rainy weather. The green tobacco leaves started to turn color, first golden and eventually brown. When I walked by as it cured, the smell was very intense. It was taken down in late fall and baled. Tobacco grown in these parts is "binder" tobacco, I believe. " Wrapper" is grown in the Connecticut River valley and is called "shade grown" because it is grown under fabric tents. I worked as a kid in a tobacco shed sorting leaves that had been re-hydrated with steam. The smell permeated my clothes and hair. I think most of the workers were older women. The smell from this shed brings back that memory.
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