Eidem Homestead is a working farm on ten acres in Brooklyn Park. The farm, property and home have all been restored to the period 1890-1910. Families can visit the Victorian house, as well as the farm and its animals for educational and hands-on experiences of life on the farm between 1905-1920. Volunteers keep the farm running, baking in the kitchen, working in the garden and on the laundry and caring for the farm. They also have seasonal activities.
The farm will not reopen during the summer of 2020 due to the challenges of social distancing and other safety concerns. However, they continue to offer virtual programming.
Visiting Eidem Farm
One thing we particularly enjoy about Eidem historical farm over some of the other historical homesteads in the area, is their motto: At Eidem Homestead, "don't touch" becomes, "look, listen, taste, smell and touch."
When we visited, I sat down and played the piano; we climbed up into the children's bedrooms and played with toys; and we helped with various 'chores' around the farm.
There are picnic tables in the yard for visitors who want to bring a lunch. Since Eidem Farm is in Brooklyn Park, grocery stores are easy to find on the way.
Eidem Family Programs
The farm offers family-friendly programs, like Daily Life on the Farm and Stories from the Porch throughout the summer months plus special seasonal programs in fall, winter and spring. Upcoming programs can be found here.
Eidem Homestead Story Time
During select days and evenings in the summer, families can attend Stories from the Porch, a free story time at the farm. The story is followed by a short open play time when families can visit the grounds and hte farm animals. Bring something to sit on. Snacks are available for purchase