Oliver Kelley Farm

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Rates

  • $12 adults, $10 seniors,veterans/active military, college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Open

    • April 1, 2018 - October 28, 2018

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  • on US Hwys. 10 W. & 169 N., about 45 minutes NW of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Other Date Information

  • April 1-May 27: open Saturdays and Sundays 10 am-5 pm. May 28-Sept. 3: open Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm.

Attraction Attributes

  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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Events

  1. 1968 Weekend

    15788 Kelley Farm Rd
    Elk River, MN 55330
    Call: (763) 441-6896

    As 2018 marks 50 years since the events of 1968, explore a 1968-era garden and sample food from 1960s recipes in the Learning Kitchen. Plus, examine 1960s farm equipment while learning about Minnesota agriculture in the shadow of national conflict and change.

  2. Farm to Fair Weekend

    Farm to Fair Weekend

    15788 Kelley Farm Rd
    Elk River, MN 55330
    Call: (763) 441-6896

    Discover how farm animals are raised, prepared, and judged at state and county fairs. Test your judging skills to determine the perfect sheep, an award-winning Hubbard squash, and a blue-ribbon pickle. Then sample some "snacks-on-a-stick" in the Learning Kitchen.

  3. Pickling Weekend

    Pickling Weekend

    15788 Kelley Farm Rd
    Elk River, MN 55330
    Call: (763) 441-6896

    In the 19th century, pickles provided families with a variety of foods and flavors to help them survive the long winter months. Today, pickles are less of a necessity, but still a flavorful addition to meals.

    Explore and sample historic and modern pickles in the historic Kelley Farm kitchen and the visitor center’s Learning Kitchen. Visitors can make a jar of refrigerator pickles to take home for $4 per jar.

  4. Pigs Weekend

    Pigs Weekend

    15788 Kelley Farm Rd
    Elk River, MN 55330
    Call: (763) 441-6896

    Explore the ins and outs of Minnesota's pork industry and how it's changed over time. Discover what it takes to raise pigs from farrow to finish. Plus, enjoy readings of classic pig tales from Charlotte's Web to The Three Little Pigs and sample BBQ-pulled pork in the Learning Kitchen.

  5. Poultry Weekend

    Poultry Weekend

    15788 Kelley Farm Rd
    Elk River, MN 55330
    Call: (763) 441-6896

    Discover the ins and outs of the world of poultry in Minnesota from eggs to full-grown birds. Explore how farmers raise poultry, meet newly hatched chicks and turkey poults as well as laying hens, and sample favorite recipes in the Learning Kitchen.

  6. Prairie Sugar Weekend

    Prairie Sugar Weekend

    15788 Kelley Farm Rd
    Elk River, MN 55330
    Call: (763) 441-6896

    Prairie sugar, also known as sorghum, was made over 150 years ago as a sweetener for farmers and their families. Visitors can help with the process of turning sorghum into sweet, syrupy molasses. Then explore the sugar beet crop in the Farm Lab fields and discover how sugar beets are processed into granulated sugar today.

    Visitors can also help make and sample a variety of sweets made from different types of sweeteners in the historic kitchen and Learning Kitchen.

  7. Seed-Saving

    Seed-Saving

    15788 Kelley Farm Rd
    Elk River, MN 55330
    Call: (763) 441-6896

    Learn techniques for plant breeding and seed-saving in this hands-on workshop. Topics include plant selection, plant pollination, and breeding in vegetables and annual flowers.

  8. Threshers & Combines Weekend

    Threshers & Combines Weekend

    15788 Kelley Farm Rd
    Elk River, MN 55330
    Call: (763) 441-6896

    Celebrate Labor Day Weekend and the culmination of the grain growing season at the Oliver Kelley Farm. Help farmers bring grain bundles in from the historic field, thresh the grain in an 1856 Cox and Roberts horse-powered threshing machine, bag up the grain, and rake away the straw.

    Then compare that experience to a modern combine at the Farm Lab. Explore a variety of grains, their uses, and flavors in the Learning Kitchen in the visitor center.

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