Grimm Farmhouse Open House – Saturdays through August

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Step back in time and explore Wendelin Grimm’s farm.

Hours:Saturdays, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. through August – Drop In.
Phone: 763.694.7650
Address:7025 Victoria Drive (Lowry Nature Center), Victoria, MN 55386
Free and All Ages

 Every Saturday this summer, you and your family can visit the restored 1870s house and fields of the Grimm Farmhouse.  Wendelin and Julianna Grimm were German immigrants whose work transformed the Upper Midwest into America’s dairy belt. On your visit, you can experience the work and play of a late 1800s Minnesota farm.

Sprouted Alfalfa Seeds

The Grimms immigrated to Minnesota in 1859.  (This was the year after Minnesota became a state and two years after Laura Ingalls Wilder died(just to give you a timeline).  They brought along Alfalfa seeds from Germany and, over time, developed the first winter-hardy alfalfa in North America. Today, Grimm Alfalfa is the source of all modern varieties of alfalfa grown in the U.S.

This would be a great outing to mix a project and a recipe with.  I think I would like to hit up the co-op on the ride home to buy our own alfalfa for sandwiches and alfalfa seeds for sprouting.  Recipe, Interrupted has directions for sprouting alfalfa with kids.  The really cool thing about this project is that it takes less than a week to see results. Before your kids can forget about the outing, you will have made your own alfalfa.

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters – co-creator and writer for

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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