Heritage Center Farm Day

Mary McDonald holds her homemade pecan pie as Cody Jolliff accepts bids at the annual Turkey Creek School pie auction during Family Farm Day at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s Humphrey Heritage Village Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (Staff Photo by BONNIE VCULEK)

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s annual Family Farm Day is Saturday, and attendees will get to participate in new events, including a tasty hands-on activity.

Cody Jolliff, education director, said there will be ingredients available for people to make from scratch their own apple pies.

“They’re going to start with a whole apple, then flour and butter and everything they need,” said Museum Assistant Sarah Hardaway. “They’ll then move on to making the crust and putting the ingredients in.”

The pies can then be taken home for baking.

“With that pie, they get to use an 1800s-era apple peeler. It’s pretty cool, a hand crank,” Jolliff said.

Museum staff were preparing for Farm Day on Wednesday as Jolliff hunkered over a fire pit in Humphrey Heritage Village. He was tending a fire he and the staff would use to practice cooking in a Dutch oven.

“We’ll be demonstrating chuck wagon-style cooking, and cooking on a campfire,” Jolliff said.

Farm Day is considered an education in farm heritage and will give families a chance to see how life goes there.

Hardaway grew up every summer digging weeds out of a garden on a farm, and said knowing about that life is beneficial.

“I appreciate where my food comes from,” she said. “That’s one thing we’re going to focus on with the families is showing them where things, like canning, come from.”

The event Saturday is free with regular museum admission. It’s sponsored by John Deere retailer P&K Equipment.

Farm Day begins at 11 a.m. and continues to 3 p.m. A lunch of cornbread and beans will be served. During lunch, the bluegrass band Southbound Mule will play.

A pie auction at 1 p.m. will benefit the Turkey Creek School located in the village. Jolliff said there will be pumpkin decorating that guests can take home with them, plus a farm-to-table demonstration. On hand will be a broom-maker and leather-maker.

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