Farming, circa 1900, in Morris Township

King, one of the farm's American Percheron horses, greets visitors at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
King, one of the farm's American Percheron horses, greets visitors at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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By Jeff Sovelove

Visitors to the Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township were treated to a slice of farm life from yesteryear at the annual Fall Farm Fest over the weekend. 

A large crowd turned out on a warm, sunny day to help with farm chores, see the animals, play period games, and generally get a feel for an early 1900s farm.  

The kids played games like ring toss, corn toss and brain teasers and others. Tossing a ball into a milk jar was popular, too. They also got to play with a set of 1920s cast-iron farm toys donated recently.

Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove; click/hover in images for captions:

A 1923 Ford farm truck at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Farmer Chris gets some milk for his coffee, at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Jen from Morristown finds a different use for the corn, at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. She's been coming to Fosterfields for over 10 years. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Petra, 11, pets one of the farm's sheep, at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Nate,7, from Florham Park separates buttermilk at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Charlie, 5, from Mendham grinds flour with a mortar and pestle,at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
King, one of the farm's American Percheron horses, greets visitors at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Farmer Jeremy Johnson with a cow, at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Tessa, 6, from Chatham, helps grind feed for the animals at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Bill Barrett forges a mini sword at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Some of Bill's finished work at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
One of the farm's chickens at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Bill Barrett demonstrates forging for visitors, at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Piglets at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Leah, 2, from Kearney plays with a vintage cast iron toy at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Circa 1920s cast iron toys recently donated at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Luca, 2 of Morristown and Henry, 2 of West Orange play with a vintage bowling game, at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Piglet at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
To weigh the piglets you first must catch the piglets...at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Weighing piglets at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Kids help press apple cider at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A LOT OF BULL at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Scarecrow at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A boy plays a ring toss game at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A preying mantis in the farm's garden at the Fosterfields Fall Farm Fest, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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King and Major, the farm’s Percheron draft horses, were on hand to greet guests, as were the usual assortment of piglets, chickens, turkeys, sheep, cows, and other farm animals. 

One highlight was the weighing of what turned out to be a very cooperative brood of 6- week-old piglets. Blacksmith and knifemaker Bill Barrett showcased his craft and made mini-knives and daggers (not sharpened) for the kids.

Kids also assisted in pressing apple cider, chopping winter feed for the animals, churning butter, and grinding cornmeal and flower. 

The Long Hill String Band added to the festive atmosphere.

The Long Hill String Band, video by Jeff Sovelove for MorristownGreen.com:

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