Fields plump with pumpkins, apple orchards ripe for harvest, gardens with green beans galore. There’s nothing like a crisp autumn day on a North Carolina farm to welcome the season. Come experience the sights and smells of fall, and learn about the state’s agriculture, during Farm Fresh Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. This large event brings a bounty of farm-related activities to the city and offers something for all ages. Hop aboard on a hayride, churn butter, go on a scavenger hunt, see antique farm equipment, watch cooking demonstrations, and more. Admission and parking are free.
The list of Family Day activities seems as endless as farm chores, which you can do, by the way. Try your hand at ginning cotton, grading tobacco and making butter the old-fashioned way.
A scavenger hunt will take you outside to the museum’s gardens filled with pumpkins, sweet potatoes, beans, sorghum, cotton and squash. Later, plant a few seeds and learn more about these North Carolina crops.
During the cooking demonstrations, sample delicious and nutritious foods, and pick up recipes and tips for healthy living. If you grow your own vegetables, get some great pointers from the Wake County Master Gardeners.
“Through displays, demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors will learn about the state’s rich agricultural legacy and the changing face of farming,” says museum educator Rachel Dickens. “Representatives from commodity groups and historical agencies will be on hand to highlight North Carolina’s farm history and promote locally grown produce and healthy nutrition.”
Find out about the agricultural history of Tobacco Farm Life Museum, Duke Homestead State Historic Site and Historic Stagville. Talk with individuals from the N.C. Department of Agriculture, Wake County Beekeepers Association, N.C. 4-H and Future Farmers of America and other organizations.
For a day of wholesome fun, mark your calendar for Farm Fresh Family Day, and celebrate the season. Advance tickets for the N.C. State Fair will be available for purchase during the event.
For more information, call 919-807-7900 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org.
The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St., across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street.