This morning Jim and I went to an old local farm that is run as a living history museum. It’s called Primrose Farm, and is near St. Charles. Built in 1860, it is designed to show what a working farm from the 1930s would be like. Of course, I brought my camera and would like to share with you some of what we saw.
First, we saw chickens!
These are a breed called Columbian Wyondottes, because they were first exhibited at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, in 1893.
There were pullets and cockerels (immature males) in this part of the yard. The roosters were in their own area.
We also saw some geese. They investigate the world with their beaks, so we stood well back.
Beak to nose, we stared at each other.
We also saw these sweet little calves.
We passed many interesting old pieces of farm equipment as we walked through the farm.
And there were beautiful country lanes.
It was threshing day.
They were threshing wheat. Workers used pitchforks to lift bundles into the thresher.
We learned that hay is green and can be used for animal fodder, but that straw is golden and hollow and is used as bedding.
This is the machine boss. He has to be very knowledgeable about the thresher, because it is quite a complex machine with many gears and belts. This thresher was brought here from Ohio.
Here is the harvested wheat. It will be sent to a milling operation up in Michigan, as apparently there is only one licensed miller in the US.
We walked towards the summer kitchen, and I saw this beautiful thistle. (Only beautiful if you are taking its picture, not if you are a farmer!)
We walked into the summer kitchen, which is where cooking would be done in the hot summer months. The table was being prepared for the threshing crew.
The old stove, with a piece of wood for poking the fire. (If I get any information wrong here, it’s my fault!)
Here is my friend Susan tending to the ham hocks and sauerkraut that will be dinner for the threshers. It smelt wonderful!
I loved the colorful aprons.
Jim tries his hand at the water pump. The water was cold, and would have had to be heated on the stove for cooking or washing,
These potatoes had been picked the previous day.
Love the smell of the dill.
On the way back to our car, we passed these teasels.
Here they are in their flower form.
And we saw sunflowers.
It was a lovely day!
Primrose Farm is at 5N726 Crane Road, in St. Charles, Illinois. If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by!