Much like today the kitchen was the center of activity in the farmhouse. Every farm kitchen in South Dakota had a cupboard filled with good smelling spices and extracts.
"The kitchen served as a center for all things on the farm: special chores, canning garden produce, caring for fresh meat and rendering it out. It was a place to warm a chilled lamb and a place of welcomes and goodbyes." - Harvey Bernard, from Memories of a Farm Kitchen by Bob Artley and Rob Artley