Billings Farm at Home

Billings Farm at Home

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Crafts and Activities Downloads

 

Foodie Friday – Tuna Salad

As we explore Life Cycles and how things change over time, Anna takes a new look at an old classic on Foodie Friday – Tuna Salad! With some slight changes in the ingredients, this lunchtime staple can be a delicious option for people with food allergies or other dietary considerations. Download the recipe, gather up your ingredients and follow along with Anna as she makes this delicious recipe.

 

 

Thursday Threads – Craft Ideas

Get inspired with these ideas from our educators on what you can make with finger knitting and plarn.

 

 

 

Time Travel Tuesday – Bananas Foster

Delight your taste buds with this American dessert.

 

 

The Evolution of Billings Farm

Read about the life cycle of Billings Farm in this look back at its 150-year history.

 

 

 

What’s Up in the Garden

Take a look at our gardens and see what we planted and what’s come up this first week of June.

 

 

 

Chick it Out!

Fun facts about chickens.

 

 

 

Foodie Friday – Shepherds Pie

It’s Sheep and Wool Week, and we celebrate with this favorite – Shepherds Pie! Download the recipe, gather up your ingredients and follow along with Anna as she makes this delicious recipe.

 

 

Wool Around the World

Wool comes from sheep and goats from all around the world. Find out more about  wool fibers and their different textures.

 

 

 

Celebrity Sheep

Meet Shrek and Chris, World Record holders for the most fleece, and meet some other famous sheep!

 

 

What are “Ewe”?

What is a ewe? What is a ram?  Learn about male and female sheep and how we care for our sheep at Billings Farm.

 

 

How to Train a Herding Dog

Billings Farm hosts herding dog demonstrations every year during our Sheep Shearing & Herding event. Find out how working dogs are trained and view a demonstration of a herding dog in action.

 

 

Chocolate Caramel IngredientsChocolate Caramel with Sheep’s Milk

It’s Sheep and Wool Week, and today we travel back in time with a recipe from the Fannie Farmer 1896 Boston Cooking School Cook Book for Chocolate Caramel made with sheep’s milk. Download the recipe and follow along with Emery as she makes this tasty treat from Fannie Farmer’s 1896 Boston Cooking School Cook Book.

 

 

The Sheep Boom in Vermont

Two hundred years ago sheep farming  was a very prosperous industry. But all that changed. Find out why happened that brought on the decline of sheep in Vermont.

 

 

All About Shearing

Let’s learn all about shearing—how much wool? What tools? When? How long does it take?

 

 

Wooly Lamb Craft

Gather together a cardboard tube, cotton balls and a few other materials and have fun making this woolly sheep.

 

 

Foodie Friday – Arugula Pesto – May 22

Today’s highlighted veggie is Arugula. This leafy green, with a peppery taste, is often used in salads, but can also be added to soups, pasta, and pesto. Download the recipe and follow along with Anna as she demonstrates this recipe for Arugula Pesto.

 

 

 

Soil, Compost & Manure – May 22

Learn about the different types of soil, how to take a soil test and when to add compost and manure to your garden.

 

 

Thursday Threads – Plant Fibers – May 21

Did you know? – The leaves of the Red Spanish Pineapple can be turned into a silky, lightweight fabric called piña cloth. Let’s learn more about other plants that are used to make thread, yarn, and cloth.

 

 

 

Yarn Dandelion Craft – May 21

Spring brings dandelions! Follow these easy instructions and make your own colorful bouquet.

 

 

 

Roasted Carrots and Parsnips – May 21

Tis the season for parsnips. Enjoy them roasted along with another root vegetable – carrots.

 

 

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler – May 20

Rhubarb – now in season – is a vegetable often used as a fruit in jams, jellies, sauces, and desserts. Celebrate spring with this delicious recipe!

 

 

 

Asparagus Soup – May 19

It’s Garden Week! Today our Time Travel Tuesday recipe features an in-season vegetable from the garden – asparagus. Gather up the ingredients, download the recipe and follow along with Emery as she makes this tasty soup from Fannie Farmer’s Original 1896 Boston Cooking School Cook Book.

 

Learn about seeds – May 19
Learn about how seeds sprout and make your own Bean Buddy. Includes fun facts about beans, links to videos, and a black bean brownie recipe!

 

What’s an Heirloom Plant? – May 19

Find out what makes heirloom plants so special.

 

Radish Salad – May 18

Radishes are easy to grow and are ready to harvest in just a few weeks from sowing. Try this simple Radish Salad recipe, sure to delight your tastebuds!

 

Build Your Own Victory Garden – May 18

Gardening in America was once more than a pastime, it was a patriotic duty! Christine tells the story of Victory Gardens here, an amazing wartime effort to encourage Americans to do their part and grow their own food. Learn more here on how to build your own Victory garden.

 

Canning Tomatoes – May 18

Tomatoes are a high yielding vegetable often grown in home gardens. Delicious fresh, and simple to preserve for the winter months. See how easy it is to can tomatoes with this recipe.

 

Let’s Make Huck Ears! – May 15

Huck, our mischievous calf, slipped away within minutes of his arrival at Billings Farm. His incredible adventure is told in the children’s book Huck’s Way Home. Follow these instructions to make a set of Huck ears and head out for an adventure of your own!

 

Draft Animal Shoeing – May 15

Horses wear shoes and sometimes oxen do too. Let’s take a look at the different shoes and how they help the draft animals perform their tasks.

 

Foodie Friday – Ricotta Frittata – May 15

Create this delicious and easy recipe that uses seasonal ingredients. Download the recipe and follow along with Anna.

 

 

Thursday Threads – Horsehair Fiber – May 14

You might be surprised to learn of all the things that are made from horsehair.

 

 

How Do You Train Steers? – May 14

The trainer, known as a teamster, begins the training when the steers are just a few weeks old. Read more here about what’s involved in training.

 

Why Do Steers Have Horns? – May 14

Find out how and why steers and oxen use their horns as brakes when pulling wagons and other equipment.

 

The Rise of Draft Horses – May 13

Before the mid 1800s, the ox was the preferred draft animal on most farms.  What changes happened that made draft horses become more popular?

 

 

From the Collections Corner – Wagons – May 13

Check out a few of the wagons here at Billings Farm and see how they were used.

 

Time Travel Tuesday – Shoofly Pie & Switchel – May 12

In honor of Draft Animal Week, Time Travel Tuesday is featuring recipes for some old farm favorites. Today Emery makes Shoofly Pie, a classic treat after a day of plowing fields, and the original farmer “power” drink, Switchel. Download the recipes here and watch the video here.

 

 

What is an Ox Anyway? – May 12

Learn about the difference between an ox  and a steer. Meet our Jersey steers, Colt and Rooster .

 

What is a Draft Animal? – May 11

Learn about what is a draft animal and how they were used on the farm.

 

Draft Animal Terminology – May 11

Check out this list of draft animal common words and the commands used in training oxen.

 

Make a Hobbyhorse – May 11

Download these easy instructions and have fun making your own hobbyhorse.

 

Fairy Garden Magic – May 8

Bring magic to your backyard (or home) with a fairy garden! We’ve provided a few ideas here to get you started.

 

Mother’s Day Craft – May 8

Mom will love this handsome bouquet! All you need is a piece of paper, crayons, pens or colored pencils and your hand. Find the instructions here.

 

Foodie Friday – Guacamole – May 8

We are celebrating foods that rely on pollinators with this simple and delicious Guacamole recipe, a perfect complement to any of this week’s Pollinator Happy Hour cocktail and mocktail recipes! Download the recipes here and follow along with Anna as she prepares this easy to make treat.

 

Pollinator Happy Hour – May 8

Give thanks to the bees for these Pollinator Happy Hour drinks: Scotch sour cocktail and  Razzjito mocktail.  Download the recipes here.

 

Yarn Bees – May 7

Have fun at home making these yarn-wrapped bees!

 

 

 

Pollinator Happy Hour – May 7

Enjoy your Thursday with these sweet happy hour drinks: Maple Orange Old Fashioned cocktail and What’s Sapanin mocktail. Download the recipes here and see which fruits the pollinators helped to produce.

Plant These to Save the Bees – May 6

About 90% of our food is pollinated by bees. Bee populations are decreasing all around the world. How does this affect us? Here’s a few simple things that you can do to help the bees.

 

Pollinator Happy Hour – May 6

For today’s Pollinator Happy Hour  we share recipes for two popular drinks, the Martini Rouge cocktail and a Shirley Temple mocktail! Download the recipes here and find out which pollinators helped produce the ingredients used in these marvelous concoctions! 

 

 

Time Travel Tuesday – Vanilla Wafers and Oregano Herbal Tea – May 5

As we celebrate pollinators on Time Travel Tuesday, Emery demonstrates a Fanny Farmer recipe using vanilla, a plant which would not grow without pollination by bees. Accompanying today’s Vanilla Wafers is an oregano herbal tea, an immunity booster also made from plants that rely on pollination. Download the recipes here and watch the video here.

 

Who Pollinates What – May 5

Some plants self pollinate while others need help from the birds and the bees, and even from us! Find more about who pollinates what and how here.

 

Pollinator Happy Hour – May 5

It’s Cinco de Mayo and what better way to celebrate than with these Pollinator Happy Hour drinks: Cinco de Mosa cocktail and Tropical sunrise sparkler mocktail! Download the recipes here and find out which pollinators helped produce the ingredients used in these amazingly good concoctions! 

 

 

Billings Farm is Bee Friendly! – May 4

BFF stands for Bee Friendly Farm and Billings Farm & Museum is a bee friendly farm!  Find out why this is so important and what you can do to support our native pollinators here. Did you know bees need water too? Watch Christine as she shows us how you can make a simple bee bath for your garden.

 

Pollinator Happy Hour – May 4

We’re celebrating the fruits of our pollinators during Pollinator Happy Hour!  Watch Emery as she shows us how to make a Pineapple Buzz cocktail and a Peach Ginger Smash mocktail, the first in our series of Pollinator Happy Hour recipes. Download the recipes here.

 

Foodie Friday – Spring Cleaning Week – May 1

Watch Anna demonstrate three easy recipes for cleansing, healthful drink. Download the recipes here.

 

Foods that Clean – May 1

Baking soda, lemon oil, olive oil are all things you might find in your kitchen cupboard that can be turned into homemade cleaners for Spring Cleaning in your home! Find recipes for Kitchen Cleaner, Furniture Polish and Glass Cleaner here.

 

Advice from an Archivist – April 29th

Our resident archivist offers advice for organizing and preserving your family photos.

Paper Plate Goat Activity – April 29th

Goats have many uses on the farm from milk to fiber. Did you know they can also be used for land management by clearing unwanted vegetation? Read more about goats and follow these easy instructions to make this fun paper plate goat craft.

All About Soap – April 28th

Soap! Can’t get much cleaned without a little, or maybe a lot, of elbow grease and soap. Take a look at these 19th and 20th century soap brands from our Billings Farm & Museum collection.

Time Travel Tuesdays – Fried Pickles – April 28th

Whats left in your pantry after the long winter? Download this delicious Fannie Farmer fried pickle recipe and watch Emery as she prepares this yummy treat. Hope this inspires some spring cleaning in your kitchen!

Fun at Home: Soap Carving – April 28th

Follow these nifty instructions to turn a bar of soap into a work of art!

Guess the Artifact – April 27th

Let’s play what is it? See if you can guess what these cleaning tools are and how they were used. Then check your answers here.

 

Sweet Potato with Swiss Chard and Avocado – April 24

Foodie Friday celebrates Earth Day this week. Watch as Anna demonstrates this delicious, fresh recipe with ingredients reliant on pollinators. Download the recipe here.

 

Crafting with Plarn – April 23

Do you know what plarn is?  It’s a fun way to turn plastic grocery bags into plastic yarn! Find how to instructions and craft ideas here.

April 22: 50th Anniversary of Earth Day  We celebrated Earth Day all week long with a series of presentations on the history of earth day, land management and sustainability practices. Learn how land use ideas changed and how Billings Farm’s founder continues to inspire sustainable practices today. [Note: these presentations are best viewed on a desktop using a Chrome browser.]

 

April 22: Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!  We want to help you help the planet.! This year’s theme is Climate Action and there are so many ways you can participate. Learn more here about what you can do to help save our earth.

Stuffed Peppers – April 21
Check out this Fanny Farmer Stuffed Pepper recipe from her 1896 Boston Cooking School Cookbook –  a delicious way to re-use leftovers without wasting. Download the recipe here  and follow along with Emery as she demonstrates this easy to make meal.

Newspaper Craft – April 21
Get into recycling and make something fun! Create Earth Day party hats (or boats!) with old newspapers. Follow these easy instructions.

Birdfeeder Craft – April 20

You can make all kinds of birdfeeders from recycled materials like cardboard milk jugs, soda bottles, and cans! Here’s a fun craft to make at home and you’ll get to watch the birds coming to your feeder to eat! Download the instructions here.

Potato Leek Soup Ingredients

Chunky Potato Leek Soup Recipe – April 17
As part of the Victory Garden movement, families were also encouraged to eat “wheatless” and “meatless” meals to save those resources for feeding the soldiers. Download this recipe and watch as Anna demonstrates this easy recipe.

Oat Wafer IngredientsOat Wafer Recipe – April 15
As part of the Victory Garden movement, families were also encouraged to eat “wheatless” and “meatless” meals to save those resources for feeding the soldiers. Download this recipe and watch as Emery demonstrates this sweet wheatless treat that we can still enjoy today!

FarmerettesFarmerettes – April 15
Most of us have probably heard of Rosie the Riveter, but have you heard of the Farmerettes? During World War I and II, members of the Women’s Land Army of America (also called Farmerettes) tended the United States’ farms while workers were fighting overseas. With food scarce during wartime, keeping farms running and producing food was vital. Many of these women had never worked on farms before but pitched in to do their part for the war effort.

Lacing CardsLacing Cards – April 14
Lacing cards are a fun way to learn how to sew or to practice your skills. You can make your own with following these instructions.

Pigs: The Ultimate Recyclers

Pigs: The Ultimate Recyclers – April 13
Learn how pigs help us recycle and make a paper pig.

Vermont Cheese Fondue

Vermont Cheese Fondue – April 13
Anna makes the Woodstock Inn’s recipe for fondue using Billings Farm’s Woodstock Reserve cheddar and Butter cheddar. Download this recipe and watch as Anna demonstrates this easy recipe.

 

Naturally colored eggs

Happy Easter! Make Naturally Dyed Eggs – April 11
Use ingredients in your kitchen to make beautiful, naturally dyed Easter eggs.

Lamb Stamp Craft

Lamb Stamp Craft – April 9
Make a picture of a cute spring lamb using things from around the house.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

All About Dairy – April 8
Learn about milk and the animals around the world that produce milk. Make a Quick Strawberry Banana Smoothie!

Mac and Cheese

Time Travel Tuesday Mac ‘n Cheese – April 7
Emery is making Mac ‘n Cheese from the Fannie Farmer 1896 Boston Cooking School Cook Book. Download the recipe, gather your ingredients and follow along!

Monarch Info KitLearn About Monarch Butterflies- April 6
In this information kit, learn more about the Monarch’s life cycle, amazing migration and how to make your garden inviting for this native Vermont species. Download our Butterfly Wreath making activity.

Matin

Matin and Her Calf
Let’s look back at one of Frederick Billings’ prized cows.

Colt and Rooster

Meet our Steers – April 1
What are steers and oxen and how do they help around the farm? Try out the teamster commands!

Make your own historic toys

Make your own toys – March 31
Kids have always made their own toys. Learn about historic toys and make your own historic toy from materials you have at home.

Fanny Farmer Berry MuffinsMuffins – March 31
Learn about cookstoves and make berry muffins from the Fannie Farmer 1896 Boston Cooking School Cook Book.

Chicken Activity Kit

Chicken Activity Kit – March 30
Download chicken facts, make a paper chick craft and try the disappearing eggshell trick.

Draft Horse Coloring Pages

Draft Horse Coloring Pages – March 27
Download coloring pages featuring draft horses in action.

Maple Popcorn recipe

Maple Popcorn Recipe – March 26
Make maple popcorn at home.

Crazy Quilt Bookmark

Crazy Quilt Bookmark Activity – March 25
Make a fun bookmark and learn fun facts about quilts.

Goats

Toilet Paper Roll Goat – March 23
Make your own goat friend from materials you have around the house! You’ll need a toilet paper roll, cotton balls, construction paper, glue and a marker. Add googly eyes if you have them!

Dairy Cow Bag of Fun – March 19Dairy Cow Bag of Fun
The Dairy Cow Bag of Fun includes: an introduction to dairy cow breeds and fun facts about dairy cows, instructions and a template to make a paper bag Jersey cow, instructions to make butter at home, and our “match the cow breed” game. Enjoy!

Billings at Home Videos

 


Foodie Friday – Tuna Salad: As we explore Life Cycles on Billings Farm at Home, and how things change over time, Anna takes a new look at an old classic on Foodie Friday – Tuna Salad! With some slight changes in the ingredients, this lunchtime staple can be a delicious option for people with food allergies or other dietary considerations. Download the recipe, gather your ingredients and follow along!

 

Chick Update: Just about 7 weeks ago, our Black Copper Maran chicks hatched during our Baby Farm Animal Celebration. Christine brings us down to the chicken coop to check in on them and see how much they’ve grown!

Sheep Shearing: Thanks to Craig Marcotte who shears the sheep at Billings Farm! Watch him shear Clarabelle on the hottest day this week, share some Billings Farm history and talk about how shearing is a little different for him this year.


Foodie Friday – Shepherds Pie: Sheep and Wool Week comes to a close with this Foodie Friday recipe for Shepherds Pie. Follow along with Anna as she demonstrates this delicious and hearty dish. Download the recipe, gather your ingredients and follow along!

 

Weaving with Adele: The final step in our Sheep-to-Scarf project is weaving. Adele leads us through the process of setting up the loom and demonstrating her weaving technique.

Thursday Threads-Dyeing Ombre Yarn: There are so many ways to make your next fiber project stand out. Tiana guides us through the steps to make an ombre-style gradient in your yarn.

Make your own Cardboard Loom: Weaving is easy to do at home! Lynne shows us how to make a cardboard loom and demonstrates a small weaving project. Make a bracelet, a coaster, or anything you’d like! All you need is cardboard, scissors, yarn and either a cardboard needle or a plastic yarn needle. Have fun!

Drop Spindle Spinning with Lynne: Today we are spinning wool into yarn – the next step in our Sheep-to-Scarf project! Hand-spinning can be done with a portable drop spindle and Lynne demonstrates the technique. See the final handcrafted scarf – and bid to win it in our online Sheep to Scarf auction along with other items made by our talented Billings Farm interpreters. All auction proceeds support Billings Farm & Museum and help us sustain our farm and educational programs while we are closed.

Spinning with Adele : When we left off on our Sheep to Scarf project, we had carded the wool. The next step is SPINNING! Adele shows how to spin with a hand-powered spinning wheel. See the final handcrafted scarf – and bid to win it in our online Sheep to Scarf auction along with other items made by our talented Billings Farm interpreters. All auction proceeds support Billings Farm & Museum and help us sustain our farm and educational programs while we are closed.



Sheep Herding: Billings Farm hosts herding dog demonstrations every year during our Sheep Shearing & Herding event. Find out how working dogs are trained at Billings Farm at Home and check out this demonstration of a herding dog in action!

Time Travel Tuesday – Chocolate Caramel: It’s Sheep and Wool Week, so our Learning Kitchen team wanted to explore what we could make with sheep’s milk. We travel back in time with a recipe from the Fannie Farmer 1896 Boston Cooking School Cook Book for Chocolate Caramel. Download the recipe, gather your ingredients and follow along with Emery to make this delicious treat.


Prepping the Wool – Washing: Tiana shows us what wool looks like before and after cleaning, and the steps in between. This is the third step in our “Sheep-to-Scarf” project. See the final product – a beautiful handwoven scarf – and bid to win it in our online auction – along with other handcrafted items made by our talented Billings Farm interpreters. All auction proceeds support Billings Farm & Museum and help us sustain our farm and educational programs while we are closed.


Prepping the Wool – Skirting: Now that we’ve shorn the sheep, the second step in our “Sheep-to-Scarf” project is skirting the wool. Watch Tiana demonstrate skirting and stay tuned for the next steps in the process each day this week.See the final product – a beautiful handwoven scarf – and bid to win it in our online auction – along with other handcrafted items made by our talented Billings Farm interpreters. All auction proceeds support Billings Farm & Museum and help us sustain our farm and educational programs while we are closed.

Sheep and Wool Week – Shearing: Welcome to Sheep and Wool Week ONLINE! Watch Step 1 in our Sheep to Scarf process – shearing. Craig Marcotte sheared our sheep just a year ago to provide the wool used by the Billings Farm fiber experts to create a one-of-a-kind handmade scarf. See the final product – a beautiful handwoven scarf – and bid to win it in our online auction – along with other handcrafted items made by our talented Billings Farm interpreters. All auction proceeds support Billings Farm & Museum and help us sustain our farm and educational programs while we are closed.


Garden Noisemakers – May 22: Christine takes us into the Billings Farm & Museum’s 19th-century Farm Life Exhibit to get a look at some of the tools farmers used to keep away garden pests – especially birds!


Foodie Friday – Arugula Pesto – May 22: The Garden Week Veggie of the Day is Arugula! Anna is making Arugula Pesto, a delicious twist on pesto using seasonal greens. Download the recipe, gather your ingredients and follow along!

 



Growing Herbs – May 20: Having fresh herbs on hand can truly enhance your cooking. Emery talks about how to grow herbs at home and which herbs are easy and useful to grow.


Time Travel Tuesday – Asparagus Soup – May 19: It’s Garden Week! Today our Time Travel Tuesday recipe features an in-season vegetable from the garden – asparagus. Emery demonstrates an easy recipe for Asparagus Soup from the Fannie Farmer 1896 Boston Cooking School Cook Book. Download the recipe, gather your ingredients and follow along!

 



Billings Farm Victory Gardens – May 18: Did you know? Gardening in America was once more than a pastime, it was a patriotic duty! Christine tells the story of Victory Gardens, an amazing wartime effort to encourage Americans to do their part and grow their own food, including here at Billings Farm in Woodstock, Vermont.


Foodie Friday – Frittata! – May 15: It’s Foodie Friday, and Anna demonstrates a fresh, easy frittata made with some locally available seasonal ingredients – spinach, asparagus and spring onions – along with Norwich Farm Creamery ricotta and milk, sourced from our own Billings Farm Jersey cows. Download the recipe, gather your ingredients and follow along!

 


Ox Shoes and Horn Buttons – May 15: Oxen provided the power that farmers needed to get work done in the 19th century. Christine joins us from the Farm Life Exhibit at Billings Farm to show us some of the accessories needed for a working ox.



Amy Trains Colt & Rooster – May 14: Colt and Rooster, our 3-year-old steers, are trained by the Billings Farm teamster, Amy Deome.



What are Bog Shoes? – May 13: Christine takes us into the Billings Farm & Museum’s 19th-century Farm Life Exhibit to get a closer look at Bog Shoes, an asset to draft horses pulling heavy loads in less than ideal conditions.



Meet Luke & Lonnie – May 13: Christine introduces us to the Billings Farm draft horse team. Learn more about the history of draft horses in Vermont.



Wagon Ride Wednesday – May 13: Sit in the driver’s seat with Amy Deome, Billings Farm’s teamster for a ride with Luke and Lonnie, our Percheron draft horses.

Treadmills – May 12: Treadmills weren’t always just a piece of gym equipment! Christine shows us how treadmills were used by farm animals to do essential work on the farm.


Time Travel Tuesday -Shoofly Pie & Switchel – May 12: In honor of Draft Animal Week, Time Travel Tuesday is featuring recipes for some old farm favorites. Today Emery makes Shoofly Pie, a classic treat after a day of plowing fields, and the original farmer “power” drink, Switchel. Download the recipes, gather your ingredients and follow along!

 

What’s a Stone Boat? – May 11: Ever admire the many stone walls found among the rolling hills, woods and fields of Vermont? How did those stones get there? Find out as Christine explains what a stone boat is and how draft animals were used in the process.


Foodie Friday – Homemade Guacamole – May 8: Today we are celebrating foods that rely on pollinators. Anna demonstrates homemade guacamole – delicious and simple – and a perfect complement to any of this week’s Pollinator Happy Hour cocktail and mocktail recipes! Download the recipe, gather your ingredients and follow along!

 


Time Travel Tuesday – Vanilla Wafers and Oregano Herbal Tea – May 5: As we celebrate pollinators on Time Travel Tuesday, Emery demonstrates a Fanny Farmer recipe using vanilla, a plant which would not grow without pollination by bees. Accompanying today’s Vanilla Wafers is an oregano herbal tea, an immunity booster also made from plants that rely on pollination. Download the recipe, gather your ingredients and follow along!

 



Pollinator Happy Hour with Emery – May 4: We are celebrating the fruits of our pollinators during Pollinator Happy Hour! Today Emery demonstrates a Pineapple Buzz cocktail and a Peach Ginger Smash mocktail, the first in our series of Pollinator Happy Hour recipes. Download the recipe, gather your ingredients and follow along!

 

Make Your Own Bee Bath – May 4: Did you know bees need water too? Christine shows us how to make a simple bee bath for your garden.

Foodie Friday – Make healthful drinks with Anna – May 1: As part of our Spring Cleaning Week, Anna demonstrates three easy recipes for cleansing, healthful drinks. There’s a blueberry antioxidant smoothie, a green smoothie with spinach, and Golden milk, using Norwich Farm Creamery yogurt and milk – made with 100% Billings Farm Jersey cow milk! Download the recipe here.


Washing Laundry By Hand – April 30: What was laundry like in the 1890s? Lynne, a Billings Farm interpreter shows us how the washing would have been done using a washboard and wringer.


Thursday Threads – Washing Wool – April 30: It’s Spring Cleaning Week at Billings Farm at Home. Today Tiana shows us what wool looks like before and after cleaning, and the steps in between.

Spring Cleaning Week – Brushing the cows – April 29: It’s Spring Cleaning Week at Billings Farm at Home. Our herd of Jersey cows gets cleaned up too! Watch Gabi brush one of our new heifers. Our cows are brushed every day to keep them nice and clean. Brushing helps keep bacteria from making them sick, and as you can see, the cows really like it!


Time Travel Tuesday – Fried Pickles – April 28: What’s left in your pantry after the long winter? On this Spring Cleaning edition of Time Travel Tuesday, Emery demonstrates a Fannie Farmer recipe for fried pickles. Download the recipe here.


Foodie Friday – Sweet Potato with Swiss Chard and Avocado – April 24: Foodie Friday celebrates Earth Day this week as Anna demonstrates this delicious, fresh recipe with ingredients reliant on pollinators. Download the recipe here.

Thursday Threads – Spinning Newspaper – April 23: Can newspaper be recycled as thread? Tiana tries it out as we celebrate Earth Day on Thursday Threads.

Time Travel Tuesday – Stuffed Peppers – April 21: In tribute to this week’s 50th celebration of Earth Day, Emery demonstrates a Fanny Farmer Stuffed Pepper recipe –  a delicious way to re-use leftovers without wasting. Download the recipe here.

Foodie Friday – Potato Leek Soup – April 17: Anna demonstrates an easy recipe for a hearty potato leek soup in tribute to the Victory Garden movement’s wartime effort to encourage family’s to eat “wheatless and meatless” meals. Download the recipe here.


Thursday Threads – Wool vs. Cotton – April 16: It’s Thursday Threads at Billings Farm at Home and today Tiana demonstrates some of the differences between wool and cotton using fire(!) and water. Yowza!


What to do at Home in 1890? – April 14: It’s Time Travel Tuesday, so let’s find out from Christine what folks in the 1890’s did to pass the time at home.


Vermont Cheese Fondue – April 13: Anna makes the Woodstock Inn’s recipe for fondue using Billings Farm’s Woodstock Reserve cheddar and Butter cheddar. Download the instructions, gather your ingredients and follow along!


Make Natural Egg Dye – April 11: Anna shows you how to use ingredients in your kitchen to make beautiful, naturally dyed Easter eggs. Download the instructions, gather your ingredients and follow along!


Make Fannie Farmer Mac ‘n Cheese – April 7: Emery is making Mac ‘n Cheese from the Fannie Farmer 1896 Boston Cooking School Cook Book. Download the recipe, gather your ingredients and follow along!


Foodie Friday: Quick Pickled Carrots – April 3: Anna demonstrates an easy and delicious recipe for pickled carrots (or any fresh veggie you’d like!). Cook’s note: the garlic in the recipe was accidentally omitted in the demonstration. Download the recipe, gather your ingredients and follow along!


Meet our Southdown Sheep – April 2: Tiana introduces us to Billings Farm’s Southdown ewes and Babydoll ram a few weeks before lambing.


How to train a steer – April 1: Find out what it takes to train working steers from our friends at Green Mountain Teamsters 4H.


Make Fannie Farmer Berry Muffins – March 31: Emery is making Berry Muffins from the Fannie Farmer 1896 Boston Cooking School Cook Book. Download the recipe (along with some cool information on cookstoves), gather your ingredients and follow along!


Meet our Chickens – March 30: Tiana introduces us to a Billings Farm chicken and talks about the colors of the eggs our chickens lay. Look closely at her legs!

Making Maple Popcorn – March 26: Make a movie night treat! Join Anna in the Learning Kitchen as she demonstrates our maple popcorn recipe.


Tapping Trees at Billings Farm – March 25: Christine explains how we make Billings Farm maple syrup.


All about Crazy Quilts – March 25: Christine explains what a crazy quilt is and shows an example from the collection at Billings farm & Museum.


Victory Gardens – March 24: Ever hear of a Victory Garden? Here in Woodstock, Billings Farm was the site of a Victory Garden to serve the community during WWII. Christine explains how individual gardeners could make a difference for the country during a difficult time. Want to learn more? Check out this great resource: https://www.nal.usda.gov/exhibits/ipd/small/exhibits/show/victory-gardens/victory-garden-aids


Meet Dolly! – March 23: Gabi introduces us to Dolly, a Nigerian Dwarf goat, who lives here at Billings Farm.


Introduction to Milking – March 20: How many cows can we milk each day and how much milk does each cow produce? How long does it take to milk a cow? Head inside our milking barn and learn about the milking process for our Jersey cows. Send your questions to askus@billingsfarm.org


Up Close with a Cow – March 20: Meet Bryce, a Billings Farm Jersey cow, and learn how we name our cows and what their names mean.