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Gilby’s Orchard Apple Fest

Fun for the whole family this weekend including:

  • Our Gang Concessions and Northwoods Catering Food
  • Fresh Homemade Breads
  • Maple Syrup Education and Supplies
  • Face Painting
  • Funny Farm Petting Zoo
  • Pony and carriage rides
  • Farmers Market
  • And many Arts and Craft Vendors

Breakfast on the Farm

Le Sueur & Blue Earth County Farm Bureau will host their 4th annual Breakfast on the Farm event! 

– Free Pancake Breakfast (free will donation accepted)
– Meet Local Farmers
– Check out Farm Equipment
– See Farm Animals
– Kids’ Activities
– NEW in 2017 – submit a name for one of the Dauk family’s calves! Winner will be announced on our Facebook page after the event

In honor of National Farmer’s Market Week and Post-Picturesque: Photographing Ireland, we invite you to a special exhibit tour, discussion circle and Irish tea with Curator Sheila Dickinson on Saturday, August 12th from 1:30-3:30. Refreshments will be provided by Deirdre Conroy of Le Petit Cafe. Deirdre runs a small mobile café and catering business utilizing the best of our regional produce. She came to live in the ‘country’ a bit later in life, but has been privileged to be on the receiving end of some of the best farm produce through her work in kitchens around the world.

Please RSVP and come gather for art, food, conversation, and conviviality at RAC. We look forward to seeing you. Click here to register for this event.

Mini Farmers Market

Celebrate National Farmer’s Market Week at the MN Children’s Museum!
Experience a real farmer’s market atmosphere, shop for fruit and vegetables and make your own salad that you get to eat at the museum! We will have a special guest on that day, a local farmer from Basic Place farm who will be able tell you all about growing produce and healthy eating.

All programs and materials are included with museum admission.

Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace

Local food, art, cooking classes, workshops, and entertainment. Sprout’s mission is to promote the health, economy, and self-reliance of Central Minnesota by facilitating the availability of locally produced food, products, and art in the region.

Dinner on the Farm – Squeaky Willow Farm

Featuring: Sarah Master | Red Stag Supper Club | Hayes Public House

Dinner on the Farm creates unique local food experiences designed to celebrate farmers, growers, chefs, brewers, distillers, makers and artisans dedicated to good, sustainable food. Dinner on the Farm events work to connect people back to the land and to the farmers and artisans who are making our communities a better place to live. For more on what to expect at Dinner on the Farm, visit http://www.dinneronthefarm.com/what-to-expect/

Dinner on the Farm – The Basic Place and Four Sisters Farm

Featuring: Jordan Bell | Bleu Duck Kitchen | Bang Brewing

Dinner on the Farm creates unique local food experiences designed to celebrate farmers, growers, chefs, brewers, distillers, makers and artisans dedicated to good, sustainable food. Dinner on the Farm events work to connect people back to the land and to the farmers and artisans who are making our communities a better place to live. For more on what to expect at Dinner on the Farm, visit http://www.dinneronthefarm.com/what-to-expect/

FarmAmerica Fall Festival

Equipment from three eras will be on site, including hand and horse-powered equipment from the 1800s.  We’ll fire up the “putt putts” for some grandpa era equipment.  And then… be amazed by the latest technology using precision and GPS to lay down straight rows and place seed exactly where you want it. Learn how drones help farmers make best management practice decisions.

The day will be filled with demonstrations, like oat threshing. The latest equipment will also be on hand to show how technology has helped farming evolve from survival to a market economy.

Ride the trams around the farm.  You’ll be able to visit corn and soybean variety and research plots. The 1930s farmstead has pigs, cattle, chickens, and sheep.

Artisans from long ago will be on hand in Peddlers’ Grove making and selling goods of the 1800s. They will also let you join in black powder shooting, hatchet throwing, archery, and a host of craft demonstrations.

Food concessions available and new this year: a sweet corn feed.

Farm America Meat-a-palooza

Learn from the expert pork, beef, and brewers. Meat samples from Axel’s Bonfire of Mankato and Depot Bar & Grill of Faribault

– Beer samples from u4ic Brewing Inc of Belle Plaine
– UMN Meat Lab experts cutting down pork and beef
– First-hand knowledge from pork and beef farmers
– Nutrition facts from food and nutrition consultant