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Bruentrup Heritage Farm to unveil new dairy exhibit
Video, gazebo among new attractions
If you’re looking for relief from a hectic urban schedule, be sure to mark your calendars for “Dairy Day at the Farm” on Saturday, June 15, at Maplewood’s historic Bruentrup Heritage Farm located at 2170 E. County Road D. The Maplewood Historical Society will be unveiling its brand new dairy exhibit and gazebo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The exhibit is located in the farm’s milk house and includes several new panels featuring graphics that explain what was done in a milk house, dairy duties for the Bruentrup family members, what farmers need in order to sell Grade A milk and the role milk cooperatives played in processing and marketing milk in the Twin Cities.
“Many of the artifacts on display are from the (original) Bruentrup farm,” Maplewood Historical Society president Bob Jensen said.
A short video helps visitors visualize how the Bruentrup family operated the dairy farm on a daily basis, how to milk a cow and clean the equipment.
Jensen explained that the new exhibit has been in the works for quite some time.
“The dairy exhibit has been planned for almost 1 1/2 years and is funded by a Legacy Amendment grant from the Minnesota Historical Society,” Jensen said. “We’ve had an ice cream social in June for many years, but we are expanding it in size because of the new dairy exhibit and the new gazebo.”
Fun activities for the whole family
Dairy Day at the Farm promises a day filled with fun for the whole family. Children can explore the rural farming lifestyle with activities like lifting (or attempting to lift) full milk cans, answering dairy trivia and playing in a special children’s area in the 1905 barn basement.
Visitors can check out the equipment exhibit to learn what tools were used on the farm, and tours will be given of the barn and 101-year-old farmhouse. Those who have never experimented with making butter can learn by helping churn cream into butter.
Hayrides through the adjacent prairie land will also be available for a small fee.
In addition to all the fun activities, a variety of dairy products will be sold, including the traditional ice cream, root beer floats, cheese, yogurt and milk. Beverages, grilled hot dogs and sausages will also be available.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon will open the gazebo, which was funded by the late George Rossbach’s family, Jensen added.
“George was a dedicated volunteer with the society in addition to being a contractor and past mayor of Maplewood,” he said.
Current Mayor Will Rossbach, George Rossbach’s nephew, will give a short speech at the ceremony.
“Maplewood, particularly the north end, was a farming community” for decades, Rossbach said. “The dairy work they did at the Bruentrup farm was an excellent example of what people did before development and commercial business set in.”
Jensen said that with the new exhibit and gazebo, he hopes the historic farm site will be able to be open once a week in 2014, rather than its current once per month.
Overflow parking will be available at the Harbor Pointe Office Condo, one block west of the farm. A paved walking path leads to the farm from the lot.
For more information including maps and directions, visit www.maplewoodhistoricalsociety.org.
Johanna Holub can be reached at email@example.com or 651-748-7814.