Fall is a busy time on the farm, past and present. Weekends in October, Mahaffie will harvest crops and make preparations for winter just at the Mahaffie family did in the 1860s. October 4 & 5 features the importance of cattle on the farm, for dairy products and for work. All activities are included with regular site admission, $6/adults, $4/children ages 5-11, Olathe residents receive $1/off admission. Admission also includes a stagecoach ride, blacksmith demonstrations, visiting the Mahaffie House, Agricultural Heritage Livestock Barn and Heritage Center exhibits.
Making butter and cheese not only provided tasty foods, they were a way to preserve milk before the days of refrigeration. Children can try their hand at churning butter at the top of the hour and cheese making will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.
Cattle weren't simply for meat and milk. Oxen are not a special breed of animal but steers of any breed trained to obey the commands and perform work. Buck and Tip, former Mahaffie oxen are scheduled to visit for the weekend. Learn more about these fascinating work animals and how oxen have been used since ancient times. Staff will offer oxen presentations and demonstrations at 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m.
Other Fall Harvest Weekends are:
- Wheat Harvest: October 11th & 12th
- Corn Harvest: October 18th & 19th
- All Things Apple: October 25th & 26th