Spring Farming Days
Visit Historic Amish Acres as the farm awakens this spring!
April 1 - May 31, 2014
As winter draws to an end, the promise of spring once again prepares the soil for new life; a time of plowing, planting and cultivating followed by the eventual harvest. A new historical Crop Garden will display gometric patterns of Sorghum, Broom-corn, Indian Corn, Millet and Oats. The kitchen garden's rows are laid out with stakes and strings. The horses return to the pasture and the wildlife begans to be more active in the farm's nature reserve.
Maple Sugaring comes first as the freezing an thawing sap from the Hard Maple Trees. Natural beauty blooms on the farmstead as you explore Amish spring farming traditions.
It all comes together in celebration of the season the weekend of April 18 - 19
Spring Farming Days Getaway Package
Enjoy a Midwest Getaway close to home (two hours from Chicago’s Loop) for two under $200 per couple without restrictions other than lodging and theatre availability. You save over 20%, on individually priced attractions, meals, entertainment and lodging. Children stay free and receive Amish Acres portion of the package for $25. Read more...
Maple Sugar Camp
Maple sugar demonstrations will be held of April 18 - 19, 2014. Maple syrup is boiled in the early spring at the Beer sugar camp that was relocated to Amish Acres. Hard maple trees are tapped in the woods in the back forty, the sap is brought to the boiler in the camp where it is reduced by evaporation becoming more and more dense until perfect syrup is determined by a thermometer. The liquid gold is then bottled and sealed for sale. Get a taste of the syrup on special menu items served during Maple Sugar Camp.
Maple Syrup Demonstration Times:
Friday, April 19th at 11am, 1pm, & 3pm
Saturday, April 20th at 11am, 1pm, & 3pm
Kuhns Grist Mill
The Amish Acres courtyard will host demonstrations* unique to the season. Get an up close look at how corn is traditionally ground into cornmeal during the Corn Grinding demonstration in the Grist Mill. The eight unique shops in the courtyard will feature spring favorites; among them are fudge and ice cream in The Log Cabin Fudgery and Soda Fountain.
Guided Tours of the Historic Farm
A guided walking tour of the 1874 Stahly-Nissley-Kuhns farmstead (the only Amish farm listed in the National Register of Historic Places) tracing the history of the pioneering Amish families of northern Indiana. Learn the whys and ways of the Amish and marvel at the ingenious ways of the family farm of the last century. Two documentary films, Genesis and Exodus of the Amish, lead you from the Reformation through migration to America and coping with the modern world. The Bonnets and Britches film leads children down the same path at a different pace.
Family Style Dining in the Old Barn Restaurant
Following a nostalgic and education visit to the farm, guests will sit down to Threshers Dinner in the old barn restaurant around oil cloth covered tables at antiques chairs. The traditional menu hasn't changed for over three decades and begins with an iron kettle of steaming ham and bean soup, followed by hearth bread, apple butter, and last of the garden relish. Platters chicken, roast beef, and cider baked ham fill the table with mashed potatoes, beef noodles, sage stuffing, giblet gravy, and green beans. Prairie dressed waitresses return with tins of pies, cobbler, and pudding.
Amish Acres Historic Farm & Heritage Resort is easy to get to, but hard to leave on U.S. 6 in Nappanee, Indiana. For additional information call 800-800-4942 ext 242.
Spring Farming Days Features
Little Shop of Horrors
April 9 - May 25, 2014
Little Shop of Horrors tells the tale of a nerdish florist who finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. Based on the low-budget 1960 film, directed by Roger Corman, Little Shop of Horrors was adapted to the stage by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. This rock musical features several well-known tunes, including “Skid Row (Downtown)”, “Somewhere That’s Green” and “Suddenly Seymour.” In addition to the original long-running 1982 Off-Broadway and subsequent Broadway productions, the musical has been performed all over the world. Round Barn audiences will most likely associate the musical with the 1986 film starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin which was directed by Frank Oz.
May 11, 2014
Give Mom more than a Meal, give her the nostalgia of gathering around antique tables amid the hand hewed beams of the old barn restaurant with your family and share Amish Acres famous Threshers Dinner served family style. Begin your culinary treat with steaming bean soup served from the iron kettle, pass platters of mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, beef and noodles, and baskets of hearth baked bread and crock of apple butter. You'll tarry while you select from the tins of baked pies, apple dumplings, and date nut pudding.