Friends of the Wirtanen Pioneer Farm

Experience Old World Serenity

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2017 Late Fall Newsletter and Bake Sale

Dear Friends,

The Wirtanen Farm Day Fall Festival event took place on Saturday, September 9,  2017 from 10 am to 4 pm. We were fortunate to see a break from all the rain we received this summer. The Strawberry Fields draft horses, baby farm animals and musicians entertained us all day.  Art Lehtonen wouldn’t miss it and provided us with Finnish music.  Jon Niemi and Don Guttormson played throughout the day. Local author, Dennis Esler, was at the farm signing his latest book.

Thank you to crafters, artisans and visitors for donations to support the farm. Also, kiitos to all the volunteers, without you we would not be able to achieve this.

The Annual Bake Sale is fast approaching and will be held on Friday, November 3rd & Saturday, November 4th from 8am to 5pm. Donated baked goods can be dropped off Thursday November 2nd from 4pm to 6pm at the Colvin Town Hall on Hwy. 4 in Markham, MN.  We will have lunch available for purchase between 11 and 4 (or until we run out). Cookbooks and postcards will also be for sale. They make great gifts!

Darlene Saumer, President

2017 Fall Newsletter and Fall Festival

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Dear Friends,

Come join us for the Wirtanen Farm Fall Festival. This event will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm. As always, this event is free for everyone and is made possible by all the volunteers and artisans.

Strawberry Fields draft horses will be at the farm and with carriage rides. Musicians performing under the tent throughout the day include Art Lehtonen, Jon Niemi and Don Guttormson. For the children there will be baby animals. Local author, Dennis Esler ,will be available for book signings.

Crafters and artisans will be on the farm grounds demonstrating and selling their wares.

We are holding a silent action. It is for a woodburned stool, crafted by Avery Brown. You can view the stool at the welcome table near the main house. We are accepting bids which will carry on through the bake sale in November.

Lunch will be available for purchase at the farm.

Set this day aside to spend time with family and friends at the farm and “Experience Old World Serenity”.

Hope to see you there!


Darlene Saumer,


Come Explore Eli’s Farm – St. Louis Historical Society

About Eli’s Farm:

This exhibit is a recreation of the popular Eli Wirtanen Finnish Farmstead.  Eli, an immigrant of Finland, was 34 when he homesteaded this property in 1904.  The farm stands as a tribute to our area’s early settlers.  A child sized corner log cabin is surrounded by a garden, chicken coop, and sauna.  This interactive learning experience offers hands-on educational opportunities.  Children can learn, through play, as the perform chores typical of daily life on Eli’s farmstead such as picking apples, using a washing board, gathering wood, and much more.

Located in the Depot, this permanent exhibit was grant funded by the Depot Foundation.  It was created with the support of the Friends of the Wirtanen Pioneer Farm in Markham as well as the Nordic Center in Duluth.

The original Eli Wirtanen Finnish Farmstead is located 40 miles North of Duluth on Vermilion Trail – (Map)