Motherwell Homestead features two produce gardens; the main plot is planted with fruits and vegetables, and the potato patch lies west of the stone house.
W.R. Motherwell, owner of this farmstead, practised summerfallowing in the early 1900s, not only in his cropped fields, but even in his vegetable gardens! This method involves planting only half of the cultivated land while the other half is left fallow or at rest.
Long ago, the gardens were maintained by hired hands, but it is now our staff dressed in 1912 period costumes who work the soil using early-20th-century tools. The crops feature heirloom vegetables watered by hand and nature.
Much of the produce is used on the site, including as ingredients of the healthy, mouth-watering menu of the Off The Beaten Path Café, located in the visitor reception centre and operated by the Friends of the Motherwell Homestead. Come visit this beautiful farmstead, enjoy some of the harvest and get down and dirty at the farm. Open Monday to Friday from May 22nd to June 30th, and daily from July 1st to September 4th.
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Boys as hired help watering the garden!
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