Late Saturday Morning we made a trip back to the Farm. The kids love being at this fun hands on Historic Farm. In Owen's eyes this farm could not run with out him! It's a good thing really nice people with lots of patience work at this farm. Papa John and Grandma Ruth came with us and seemed to really enjoy it too!
Our first job of the day was to check for eggs. Ava really enjoyed this job and thought it was pretty comical when she would lift a flap and see a chicken instead of an empty nest!
Owen and Ava took turns with helping to grind the coffee beans. They put the beans through the grinder twice so that the beans were ground real fine.
Then Owen filled the coffee pot with water so that it could be placed on the wood burning cook stove!
After making coffee we went back outside to check on some of the animals.
While Ava played with the kittens Owen was talking to one of the farmers. Their conversation consisted of some of the tools in the barn and whether or not the Israelites from the Bible used some of those same items as weapons a long time ago! I would be willing to bet that farmer had never been asked that kind of question from a child in the past!
Ava decided to be a bit stubborn for a short while and plopped herself on the ground and wouldn't move. So I decided just to leave her sit there and moved on. I made sure that I could still see her even though she couldn't see me. The stinker didn't care one bit about being left and then eventually joined us as if nothing ever happened! She can be quite a little stinker at times. It scares me that she doesn't care even a little bit if I would leave her. Owen on the other hand would have freaked out in this same situation had I started walking away from him. He would have been up and running to me after me taking about twenty steps. Any way back to the farm!
We helped to make prairie sugar also known as sorghum molasses.
After that we had to stick the canes through the press to extract the juice. The press was operated by a harnessed horse walking in a big circle around the press. A full bucket of sorghum juice would then be put in a big pot to boil down to make molasses.
Ezra enjoyed watching Owen, Ava, and Daddy stick the sorghum canes into the horse powered press.
We went back into the house to make some molasses candy.
Our job in this process was to pull. We had to pull the ingredients apart and stick it back together and repeat these steps over and over.