Apples are Focus of October Programs at Historic Forestville

For immediate release

Release dated: 
September 17, 2014
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Sandy Scheevel • Historic Forestville • 507-765-2785 • sandy.scheevel@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Historic Forestville
Address: 21899 County Road #118, Preston MN 55965
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children age 6-17, $1 discount for MNHS members.
Phone: 507-765-2785
Email: forestville@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/forestville

Apples are Focus of October Programs at Historic Forestville

This October, the staff at Historic Forestville is excited to share programs about apples with Apple Cider Day and Apple Butter Day. Visitors can help with the process and then sample the delicious results.

Apple ButterApple Cider Day
Date: Saturday, Oct. 11
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children age 6-17, free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Minnesota is well-known for fruit crops including peach, plum, pear, cherry and of course, apples. Each season the extra apples that fell from the tree or were damaged or disfigured on the tree (windfalls and culls) were used to make cider, praised as "the farmer's champagne." In this program, guests can assist the Meighen family and their hired hands in filling the hopper of a hand-operated cider press with apples. Samples of cider and fresh-baked apple pies complete the experience.

Apple Butter Day
Date: Saturday, Oct. 18
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children age 6-17, free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Get a firsthand look at the autumn tradition of making apple butter. At this day-long event, guests will experience the transformation that occurs from boiling cider and apples in a 20-gallon copper pot to ending with sweet, homemade apple butter. Visitors can assist the staff in stirring the butter until it turns a rich gold and is ready for sampling.

About Historic Forestville

At Historic Forestville, visitors can see 19th-century merchandise in the Meighen family store, discover what’s cooking in the kitchen and help the hired hand with chores in the garden and farm buildings. The historic village is located inside Forestville State Park, between Preston and Spring Valley, approximately 40 miles from Rochester or Austin. A State Park vehicle permit is required. For more information call 507-765-2785.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

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