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Saturday Fun at Howell Living History Farm
November 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until December 7, 2019
All events are held at Howell Living History Farm on Saturdays from 10:00am – 4:00pm.
- Sept 14 – Canning and Storytelling
Visit the farmhouse where help is needed canning and pickling cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage and other crops grown in the kitchen garden. Sample the results and take home recipes and other secrets that you can use in your kitchen today.
While the tomatoes are stewing, be sure to visit the nooks and crannies in the barnyard where members of the New Jersey Storytellers Network are sharing stories about farms and farming, past and present. Be prepared to tell stories of your own during special sessions held in the horse barn and blacksmith’s forge! Parking & Admission are free. For any questions or concerns please call the Farm Office at (609) 737-3299.
- Sept. 21 – Fall Plowing and Manure Spreading
A program where you help load and spread manure? Absolutely! Once you’ve helped us get the manure on the field where we will soon plant winter wheat, you can help us ‘turn it in’ with a moldboard plow pulled by workhorses Jack & Chester. We will be there to drive the horses and teach you how to turn a perfect furrow. Parking & Admission are free. Any questions or concerns please call the Farm Office at (609) 737-3299.
- Sept. 28 – Quilting and Quilt Show
The Charles Fish Barn will become a maze of colorful quilts during this not-to-be missed exhibit featuring antique and reproduction pieces on loan from area collectors. Throughout the day, visitors of all ages can experience the stages of quilt making from piecing scrap fabric on a treadle-type sewing machine to joining the Farm staff around an antique quilt frame.
Parking and admission are free. For any questions or concerns please call the Farm Office at (609) 737-3299.
- Oct. 5 – Wheat Planting
The work of threshing wheat, grinding wheat for animal feed, and milling flour is a hand. Join us in the barn where help is needed on the threshing floor, in the woodshed where we are cutting firewood for the kitchen stove, and in the farmhouse where you can help churn butter for bread made with our wheat. As a ‘thank you’ for your help, we will send you home with a share of the harvest — a bag of freshly ground whole wheat flour, complete with recipe. Parking & Admission are free. For any questions or concerns call the Farm Office at (609) 737-3299.
- Oct. 19 – Basket & Broom Making; Wheat Weaving
Take a close-up look at the craftsmanship that goes into making a basket, a broom wheat weaving when conservators of these trades visit the farm for a day of demonstrations and teaching. There will be opportunities to try your hand at some of the steps involved, as well as a chance to learn about the skill workshops and classes offered at the farm in 2019. Parking and Admission are free. Call (609) 737-3299 with any questions or concerns.
- Oct. 26 – Corn Harvest
Get out your husking peg — it’s time to pick corn! With more than 120,000 ears of corn to pick, farmers could use a hand as they work to harvest this year’s corn crop. Join them as they work to fill a horse drawn wagon with field corn, some of which will go to the Mercer County Wildlife Center to feed animals in their rehabilitation program. In the barn, help farmers shell and grind corn for animal feed; in the farmhouse, help make a batch cornbread from farm’s cornmeal. Parking & Admission are free. Call (609) 737-3299 with any questions or concerns.
- Nov. 9 – Cider Making
Fresh apple cider awaits those who help make it! To earn a taste, all you have to do is turn the crank of the cider press from whence it comes…and then help re-fill the hopper with the Macs, Cortlands and Red Delicious apples that make for a perfect blend. In the farmhouse kitchen, apple pie is in the oven and applesauce is on the stove. Parking & Admission are free. For any questions or concerns please call (609) 737-3299.
- Nov. 16 – Bacon, Sausage and Scrapple Making
When the weather turns cold, the annual work of making sausage, scrapple & bacon takes place, giving visitors a chance to see the techniques used to make these products … and to taste some of the results! Visitors can lend a hand filling the sausage stuffer and grinding corn that is used in scrapple and cornbread recipes. Tasting cracklins and related delicacies is a must! Parking & Admission are free. Call (609) 737-3299 with any questions or concerns.
- Nov. 23 – Logging and Firewood Cutting
Join farmers who are using horses to skid saw logs out of the woods, and who are using oxen to haul firewood to the sap house in preparation for maple sugaring season. Visitors can help by cutting and chopping firewood, splitting locust logs into fence rails, and making barn pegs for use in our barn frame. At lunchtime, visitors can enjoy fare suitable for lumberjacks, including pancakes made with the farm’s whole wheat flour…drenched in homemade maple syrup. Parking & Admission are free. For any questions or concerns please call (609) 737-3299.
- Nov. 30 – Thanksgiving Hayrides; Wreath & Sleigh Bell Sale
Celebrate the holidays by taking a scenic, horse-drawn hayride through the heart of Pleasant Valley, passing fields of harvested corn and newly sprouted winter wheat, and crossing the fords of Dry Run Creek. The rides are free, but visitors are invited to lend support to the farm’s community outreach programs by bringing canned goods for donation to area food banks and soup kitchens.
At the Visitor Center, the Friends of Howell Farm are holding their annual Wreath & Sleigh-bell Sale, featuring straps of sleigh-bells made by the farm’s harness-maker. Parking & Admission are free. For any questions or concerns please call (609) 737-3299.
- Dec. 7 – Christmas on the Farm
The horses will be wearing bells when they’re hitched up for the morning trip to the woodlot, where visitors can help find the perfect tree for Howell Farm’s Christmas celebration. Children are invited to join the fun of cutting and decorating the tree before St. Nick arrives to hear their Christmas wishes and give out cookies and coal as the case may be.
Throughout the day there will be farmhouse tours, live music, wagon rides, and a children’s craft program. In the Visitor Center, there is hearty lunch fare, a gift shop featuring the farm’s own honey, maple syrup and popcorn … and a 2-seater sleigh perfect for taking family portraits. Parking & Admission are free. For any questions or concerns please call the Farm office at (609) 737-3299.