Winter on the farm, at Fosterfields in Morris Township

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By Jeff Sovelove

Visitors to the Fosterfields Living Historical Farm were treated to a slice of old-fashioned farm life over the weekend.

Carl, a 1-year-old steer, greeted guests to the annual Winter’s Day on the Farm. Major and King, the farm’s American Percheron draft horses, were on hand (hoof), too. 

Everyone had a chance to try his or her hand at farm chores such as sawing wood, using a manual drill, and stacking ice blocks for hauling to the ice house. 

Ice harvested in winters of old was packed in straw and sawdust to last through the summer to keep food cold.

Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove

A boy greets Major at the Fosterfields Living Historical Museum, Feb. 4, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Trevor, 6, of Morris Township saws wood at the Fosterfields Living Historical Museum, Feb. 4, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Lukas, 4, of New Providence, stacks ice blocks at the Fosterfields Living Historical Museum, Feb. 4, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Tim, Marcela, and Bodhi, 21 months, of Highland Park try out the sleigh at the Fosterfields Living Historical Museum, Feb. 4, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
All aboard, at the Fosterfields Living Historical Museum, Feb. 4, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Tom turkey shows off his magnificent plumage at the Fosterfields Living Historical Museum, Feb. 4, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Lexi, 6, of Parsippany, does crafts at the Fosterfields Living Historical Museum, Feb. 4, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
John, Rachel, and Ari, 2, of Teaneck , say hello to Major at the Fosterfields Living Historical Museum, Feb. 4, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Cows at the Fosterfields Living Historical Museum, Feb. 4, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Roosters at the Fosterfields Living Historical Museum, Feb. 4, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Crafts and goodies provided by Whole Foods, at the Fosterfields Living Historical Museum, Feb. 4, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Fresh-baked dessert, at the Fosterfields Living Historical Museum, Feb. 4, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A sewing demonstration at the Fosterfields Living Historical Museum, Feb. 4, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Carl the steer greets new friends at the Fosterfields Living Historical Museum, Feb. 4, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The icebox at the Fosterfields Living Historical Museum, Feb. 4, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Andrew, 10, from Morris Plains (in the blue jacket) saws wood at the Fosterfields Living Historical Museum, Feb. 4, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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Turkeys, chickens and sheep were on display as well. A cooking demonstration on the wood-fired stove in the farmhouse featured beef stew and pineapple upside-down cake as main courses. 

Visitors also were treated to crafts and a tractor ride.  Light snow didn’t keep the crowd away — after all, this was all about winter.

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