Family Fun: Grimm Farmhouse summer open houses

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.

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.

Volunteers will take you through the farmhouse and introduce children’s pastimes from the period. Hoops, stilts and marbles may still be able to fascinate in this age of touchscreens and other gadgets.

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.

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

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