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. Dairy Weekend

    Dairy Weekend

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

    Discover how farmers cared for their dairy cows in the mid-19th century versus today, and meet cows of 1860s stock and cows of 2017. Help make butter and cheese in the historic house kitchen and sample ice cream in the new Learning Kitchen.

  3. Farm Animal Weekend

    Farm Animal Weekend

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

    Farm animals have and continue to be an important part of Minnesota's agriculture. Meet animals and their offspring, watch farmers as they shear off the sheep's wool coats, and discover how farm animals were used and cared for in the 19th century.

    Then meet modern-day animals in the Farm Lab Barn and discover the many ways farm animals continue to impact our lives today. Explore the use of animal products in the historic farmhouse kitchen and the visitor center’s Learning Kitchen

  4. 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.

  5. Farmer's Fourth of July

    Farmer's Fourth of July

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

    Celebrate the most important holiday of the mid-19th century: Fourth of July. Join the Kelley Farm staff for a day filled with 19th century games, races, picnicking and listening to speeches. Then participate in 21st century games, crafts and sample ice cream. Take a ride on the trolley along the nature trails. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunch.

  6. Father's Day

    Father's Day

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

    This Father's Day join the Kelley Farm staff as they work on typical 19th-century farm chores, like woodworking and machinery repairs. Then visit the Farm Lab Barn to explore animal husbandry skills of today.

    Fathers are admitted free when accompanied by a child.

  7. Mother's Day Weekend

    Mother's Day Weekend

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

    Explore the Kelley Farm as it springs to life on Mother's Day Weekend. Help plant seeds in the gardens, harvest the first spring greens, and meet the baby animals on the historic farmstead and at the Farm Lab Barn. And be sure to see what's cooking in the historic farmhouse and the Learning Kitchen in the visitor center.

    Mothers are admitted free when accompanied by a child.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Planting Weekend

    Planting Weekend

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

    Visitors can participate in the science of planting and explore plant varieties in the Farm Lab garden. Examine equipment, planting methods, and seeds while helping staff complete spring planting activities. Then compare planting methods using historic equipment and heirloom plant varieties on the historic farmstead.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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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