Summer at the Farm means there are lots of great things to see, chores to be done, great activities on the weekends and miles of trails to explore.
The Farm Lab Garden
Explore the wide variety of fruits and vegetables that grow in Minnesota, like beans, tomatoes, and squash. Discover many new hybrids and varieties that have developed since Kelley’s time. This year, see a 1968-era garden as well as gardens from the World War I era.
The Farm Lab Barn
Meet Minnesota raised livestock that provide our meat, dairy, eggs, and wool, and learn about modern livestock.
The Farm Lab Crops: Wander among nearly 10 acres of crops commonly grown in Minnesota, such as corn and soybeans. Discover how these crops are used for food and many other products.
The Kelley Farm nature trails wind along the Mississippi River and through woodlands and restored prairie. Well-marked walking trails of various lengths provide an opportunity to learn about pioneer farming and to see some of the same types of wildlife and plants that the Kelleys would have seen – like white-tailed deer, bald eagles, great blue herons, foxes, and wild turkeys.
Cooking with Emily!
Since it was Poultry Weekend, Emily was filling the historic Kelley house with delicious smells of farm-raised turkey roasted in the old wood stove and demonstrating how eggs were packed in salt for longer storage on the farm. Here she is explaining how the sponge cakes she made relied on whipped egg whites for rising rather than yeast.
Poultry Weekend was a big hit at the Farm!
Turkeys were everywhere – inside and out – and were being cooked in both the new and historic parts of the Farm. Farm animals and staff spelled out the history of poultry farming and cooking in MN. Samples of creamed turkey and jalapeño turkey meatballs cooked fresh in the Learning Kitchen were particularly tasty.