I've been thinking it was the pinto beans, homemade vegetable soup and cabbage that kept me skinny/ healthy all those years. We did our weedeating with scythes- a sharp blade shaped like a big fish hook- if that is the proper term. We'd wack weeds several days a week, all summer long. Never coplaining about the blisters. Lol. I think, if I lived like that again ; these excess pounds might shed.@Mississippi Man.. meals here centered around pinto beans with a dutch oven pot full on the stove at all times. Summer time it was on the outdoor wood burner on the back porch.
We were not poor either, just had no money or much need for it. Why we were rich when the 1952 tobacco crop sold for $400. LOL
Potatoes were always planted on Good Friday or as near as possible, in case of rain. Fresh meats were fried chicken or wild game on Sundays. I was a teen before I ever had a hamburger and 20 years old before I knew about pizza. LOL
As far as you tobacco, did your family use what was produced? Partner and I think making your own tobacco might be a better alternative, a small crop perhaps. Love hearing your stories;)