In April 1621 the Pilgrims met Squanto, a Native American who spoke English. He introduced them to the Wampanoag tribe. Squanto had originally been part of the Pawtuxet tribe, but he was captured by Captain Weymouth who took him to England where he learned English. He acted as an interpreter and guide for John Smith, only to be captured by Thomas Hunt and sold into slavery. He escaped and returned to his homeland where he learned he was a man without a tribe. Most of his tribe had died of small pox. He lived with the Wampanoags. Bradford gave thanks and referred to him as a gift from God because of his help in teaching the Pilgrims how to farm and mediating between the Wampanoag people. By August 1621, the Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest and invited the Wampanoag tribe for three days of celebration. The Wampanoags brought deer. Other food probably included mussels, lobster, bass, fowl, (which could have been turkey but was more likely duck and geese). Side dishes may have included corn (but prepared as corn meal, not corn on the cob), squash, onions, lettuce, spinach, beans, and peas. Blueberries and grapes were common in the area.I imagine that in the beginning everyone chipped in and helped each other. Perhaps this is why the initial economy was communal. For the first seven years they were to work the fields together. This was part of their agreement with Thomas Weston, a wealthy English iron merchant who financed the trip in return for furs, lumber and other goods that could be shipped back to England. Each person was to enjoy the harvest equally and work for the common good. It did not work out well. Many starved. William Bradford wrote:
For this comunitie (so farr as it was) was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much imploymet that would have been to their beneflte and comforte. For ye yong-men that were most able and fitte for labour and service did repine that they should spend their time and streingth to worke for other mens wives and children, with out any recompence. The strong, or man of parts, had no more in devission of victails and cloaths, then he that was weake and not able to doe a quarter y e other could; this was thought injuestice. The aged and graver men to be ranked and  equalised in labours, and victails, cloaths, andc., with ye meaner and yonger sorte, thought it some indignite and disrespect unto them. And for mens wives to be commanded to doe servise for other men, as dresing their meate, washing their cloaths, andc., they deemd it a kind of slaverie, neither could many husbands well brooke it. Upon ye poynte all being to have alike, and all to doe alike, they thought themselves in ye like condition, and one as good as another; and so, if it did not cut of those relations that God hath set amongest men, yet it did at least much diminish and take of ye mutuall respects that should be preserved amongst them. And would have bene worse if they had been men of another condition. Let none objecte this is men's corruption, and nothing to ye course it selfe. I answer, seeing all men have this corruption in them, God in his wisdome saw another course fiter for them.
Bradford's History "Of Plimoth Plantation" PP 163, 164
All this whille no supply was heard of, neither knew they when they might expecte any. So they begane to thinke how they might raise as much corne as they could, and obtaine a beter crope then they had done, that they might not still thus languish in miserie. At length, after much debate of things, the Govr (with y e advise of ye cheefest amongest them) gave way that they should set corne every man for his owne perticuler, and in that regard trust to them selves; in all other things to goe on in ye generall way as before. And so assigned to every family a parcell of land, according to the proportion of their number for that end, only for present use (but made no devission for inheritance), and ranged all boys and youth under some familie. This had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corne was planted then other waise would have bene by any means ye Govr or any other could use, and saved him a great deall of trouble, and gave farr better contente. The women now wente willingly into ye feild, and tooke their litle-ons with them to set corne, which before would aledg weaknes, and inabilitie; whom to have compelled would have bene thought great tiranie and oppression. Bradford's History "Of Plimoth Plantation" P 162