My grandparents raised me, and they were very "hands on" in their style of living. We grew most of the food we ate, other than meat, and we gathered a great deal of food, too--walnuts, hickory nuts, blueberries, blackberries. When we fished, it was a food gathering exercise. None of us went fishing individually unless we thought we could bring home neough to feed everybody in the house. None of this was uncommon where i lived, either. I didn't hunt much, because that mainly would have been rabbits or squirrels, and there weren't enough available in farm country to fill a stew pot for several people. Other kids i knew did hunt, either because there weren't many people at home, or several kids would go off in several directions.
Everybody in town lived that way. We didn't do the cranberry and popcorn thing, but others did. My grandmother was not about to shell out cash for cranberries; we grew our own popcorn--Japanese hull-less, a white popcorn--and that was reserved for the best popcorn balls on the face of the earth. Other families did it, though. I remember a time in the mid-1950s when my grandmother learned that they wanted three dollars for a tree, three dollars! After that, we went out to the woods to get a tree, even though my grandfather groused about the needless effort--he was willing to shell out three bucks, but my grandmother wouldn't hear of it.