Participate in the Fall Harvest at Oliver H. Kelley Farm this October

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Release dated: 
September 3, 2014
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

Bob Quist • Oliver H. Kelley Farm • 763-441-6896 •

Quick facts: 

Place: Oliver H. Kelley Farm
Address: 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River MN 55330
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Phone: 763-441-6896

Participate in the Fall Harvest at Oliver H. Kelley Farm this October

This October, Oliver H. Kelley Farm offers guests the opportunity to reap the benefits of this year's harvest with programs centered around food and fun.

Sorghum MolassesPrairie Sugar Weekend
Date: Saturday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

As fall approaches, enjoy the payoff of the long growing season by making prairie sugar, also known as sorghum molasses. Help strip the leaves off the sorghum canes, press the canes through a horse-powered press to extract the juice and stir the juice as it boils down to make sweet, syrupy molasses. Guests will celebrate the end of the day with sweet treats ranging from gingerbread to molasses candy.


Harvest Days
Date: Thursday, Oct. 16 - Sunday, Oct. 19
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

It's that time of year again! The last of the garden produce and farm crops need to be harvested, processed and stored for the winter. Join the Kelley Farm staff in readying the farm for its winter slumber. Participants will help finish up the field work, put food away for the winter in the root cellar, make corn husk dolls or join in a quilting bee, and play special 19th century games.

About Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Oliver H. Kelley and his wife Lucy began farming the land on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1850. Kelley was the founder of the first successful national farming organization, the Patrons of Husbandry, better known as the Grange. The Kelley Farm is recognized as “The birthplace of organized agriculture in America.”

The working 1860s farm is located at 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., 2.5 miles southeast of downtown Elk River on U.S. Hwy. 10. It is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. For more information call 763-441-6896.

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The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

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