Ocracoke didn't always have easy access to fresh milk and vegetables.
In his book, Pieces of Eight, Coins, and Ocracoke, Paul Mosher relates stories of vacationing on Ocracoke in the early 20th century. In the late 1920s Paul writes that he "was a tourist at the time in a summer cottage (Hurricane House) down point.... I would go to [Mr. & Mrs. Amasa (Mace) Fulcher's] kitchen every day to get two quarts of fresh milk. This was before the days of homogenized milk, and the richest cream would rise to the top. We [had] contracted with Mr. Mace to buy, during our summer stay, all his surplus milk if he would import a milk cow. In the fall he could always butcher the cow. The locals dearly loved their coffee, and this cream beat Carnation milk all hollow."
Today you can buy milk, cream, and half-and-half at several local stores. But the cream that rose to the top of fresh unhomogenized milk was the best!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Ellen Marie Cloud's first-person
account of the Great Ocracoke Lighthouse Window Heist. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012117.htm.