Peasant men wore rough tunics, and stockings or leggings, or they wore woolen jackets with woolen pants and knickers. Sometimes their outfits were completed with a cotton shirt. Many Peasantscould not afford hats and shoes but they some wore shoes and hats made of cloth. From left to right: Beggar, Low Peasant, Mild Peasant, High Peasant.
Peasant women wore a scarf or veil around their head to keep them warm along with other accessories such as a bodice and stockings. They wore an apron to cover their dress for style and also to keep their underclothes clean while they were working. The clothing material that they used for the dress was often rough anditchy, and caused irritations and rashes.
Peasants had a fairly simple diet mainly consisting of bread, porridge, stew,vegetables, and some meats. If a peasant lived near abody of water of some sort, he may have caught fish to supplement his diet. Peasants ate mostly what they could grow.
Peasants mainly grew barley, beans, rye, and wheat. Each peasant family also had a vegetable garden near their home that consisted of onions, peas, beans, radishes, carrots, and other vegetables. Peasants harvested acorns and other nuts and berries from nearby forests. Peasant women made butter and cheese from the milk of cows and in the fall, they slaughtered most of the animals for theirmeat. If a famine occurred or a flood, the family could have a good chance of starving to death.