There's a vision in my head of a true farmhouse table that I've been searching for a long time now. Not everyone's cup of tea I know, but I really love the long, narrow old wooden tables.
In the olden days, they were known as "Harvest" tables. They were very narrow and at least 6 foot, but usually 7 or even 8 foot long.
This Harvest table online, at a company called Chairish, has a lovely patina and is less than 31 inches across, but it's way out of my price range!
I also like the tables that have legs set further in so the tabletop overhangs the legs. If it doesn't have an overhang, a narrow table makes it hard for someone to sit on the ends.
My grandparents, Harry and Sabra, probably met over a Harvest table in Nebraska when Harry came to work the harvest.
I like to think of Sabra pitching in with the rest of the women to help cook and serve all the extra food while quietly checking out the man who had recently arrived in town.
In my mind, I see her glancing across a long and narrow Harvest table and spotting short, dark and handsome Harry on the other side.
Sabra was a spinster daughter of the owner of a large farm. Harry, who had been a drifting cowboy, was a new farmhand in the little town. Harry was dirt poor, but Sabra's father was not.
It probably didn't matter to Sabra that the new man was short, not tall, because she was only 4 foot 11 inches herself.
Harry And Sabra's Wedding Picture Postcard
On the day Harry and Sabra got married in 1912, I'm sure everyone at the celebration was fed at a Harvest table.
Feeding large crowds was the purpose of the Harvest table after all! The long narrow tables were used to feed large groups of farmhands and neighbors during the short periods of production when the harvest was brought in on one farm after another.
My dream Harvest table would be no more than 36 inches across and 72 to 78 inches long, with overhang at each end where a chair could sit. While we're dreaming...make it within my price range.
The trouble with most tables I find is that they're either 40 or 42 inches wide. That's too wide for a true Harvest table like the one in my mind.
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