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Fall Fun on the Farms


FALL FUN ON THE FARMS

This is not your typical fall experience! Go on a time travel adventure and experience how your favorite Wisconsin foods and drinks were made over a hundred years ago. Lend a hand in our bustling farm kitchens as we prepare favorites like horseradish and sauerkraut, do some pickling, and use flowers to create natural dyes for warm winter woolens. See the power of 19th- century machines, pulled by horses, harvest grains and plow fields.

Everyone can lend a hand, try something new, and sneak a taste while exploring the past like never before.  An autumn weekend at Old World Wisconsin will be full of aromas that transport you, fall colors that will inspire you, and stories to connect you to Wisconsin’s immigrant past.

Fall Fun on the Farms occurs Saturdays & Sundays, September 7 – October 13 from 10am-5pm.

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Fall Plowing Weekend

Sept. 7 & 8

A farm is a busy place! See the power of 19th- century machines, pulled by horses, harvest grains and plow fields. Explore the scents wafting from the fields and gardens as summer turns into fall.

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Beer Brewing Weekend

Sept. 14 & 15

Help harvest the hops, thresh barley, and see how beer can be used in cooking and baking! Join us on Sunday as we focus on Home Brewing today and in our historic kitchens.

*Beer Brewing on September 14th

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Winter is Coming Weekend (Part 1)

Sept. 21 & 22

Get ready for Winter as we explore what it takes to fill the pantry for a long WI winter. Learn how make sauerkraut, how to pickle and preserve produce, and help pack the root cellar before the snow flies!

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Winter is Coming Weekend (Part 2)

Sept. 28 & 29

Get ready for Winter as we explore what it takes to take care of yourself and you things during a long WI winter. Learn how make home remedies like salves and syrups, how to care for leather, and help stuff a straw tick mattress before the snow flies!

*Beer Brewing on September 28th

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Butchering Weekend

Oct. 5 & 6

A farm is a busy place. At our immigrant farms you can see traditional butchering, and the kitchens will be bustling with autumn preparations. On Saturday, Oct. 5, join author Kathleen Ernst for a book signing of “Fiddling with Fate” from 12-5pm.

Please note, we will be openly processing freshly butchered livestock at our 1860s Norwegian Immigrant Farm.

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Apprentice Weekend

Oct. 12 & 13

Join us as we celebrate the close of another season of Fall Fun on the Farms with hands-on mini-apprenticeships (5-10 minute activities for all ages) across the site- help make sausage, help harvest in the gardens, help in the woodshed, shoe shop, general store, and more!

*Beer Brewing on October 12th

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