At the lovely Farm to Table dinner we enjoyed earlier this month, we met a lovely woman, a friend of a neighbor, who lives on acreage in Weston, Missouri. She told us about the tobacco barn on her property and invited us out to check it out, and you know what a sucker I am for barns!
Have you ever visited a tobacco barn before? Here’s what I learned about how it works…
Tobacco Barn Photo #1. A first glimpse of the tobacco barn.
Tobacco Barn Photo #2. Tobacco barns are very tall.
Tobacco Barn Photo #3. A few things that are different about tobacco barns — every so many slats in the walls can be opened like doors to increase air movement and horizontal beams rise up to the very high roof so that the tobacco can be hung to dry.
Tobacco Barn Photo #4. A pile of wooden stakes with traces of last year’s crop. The tobacco leaves are speared with the stakes and then hung to dry.
Tobacco Barn Photo #5. A view upward with a traces of last year’s crop clinging to the beams.
Tobacco Barn Photo #6. Another view from inside the barn.
Tobacco Barn Photo #7. A parting glance at the tobacco barn. I hope we get a chance to go back and visit again in the fall when the barn is full of tobacco!
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