Monday, October 27, 2014




Dear friends and farmers,

This weekend was absolutely beautiful. The sun was shining, it was warm and the birds were singing. Where was all of this beautiful weather last weekend during the Fall Harvest Festival?! Despite the chilly breeze and the drizzle through the morning, we still had a lot fun last Saturday as young farmers donning sweaters and rain boots joined us to harvest beans from the field.

Monday, October 13, 2014



Tractor Talk: The Farm’s Massey-Harris 33
Tractor Talk is a recurring column written by ScottAllen Barber for Wagner Tales.

I wish I could report our Massey-Harris 33 had all sorts of history with the Wagner family and their property, however, it does not!  As it is one of our few tractors that has running lights for evening operation and thus might be used for the Fall Harvest Festival this Saturday, October 18, this seemed a appropriate time to profile this implement and the company’s history.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014



A Difficult Year for Honeybees
Written by Robin Forde for the Summer 2014 Issue of Wagner Tales

The honey bee is a prehistoric miracle, developed in concert with the equally ancient flower upon which she depends and serves. Those seemingly frivolous petals and that tiny creature, each fluttering and tossed by the gentlest breeze seem so fragile, but their mutual attraction weaves the world as we know it together.

Monday, September 15, 2014



Q&A With the Farmers’ Market Manager
Featured in the Summer issue of Wagner Tales; reprinted with permission from the Glenview Lantern, written by Roxanne Jungé

As the farmers’ market manager, I am approached every week by curious customers.  It’s one of my greatest joys to answer these questions.  I’m a teacher by profession, and so each question gives me an opportunity to convey a little more of the mission behind the good food on the tables.

Monday, September 8, 2014



News from the Classroom
Written by Sarah Hagye for the Summer 2014 issue of Wagner Tales.

“If I could be camp every day that would be my definition of heaven.”

Summer - or what we in the museum business like to call it, summer camp season. How many of you remember your summer camp experiences? For some, it meant leaving home for weeks at a time, being thrust into a group of new kids, sleeping under tents, and waking up to morning dew covering your sleeping bags. For others, it was a summer spent at day camp playing Capture the Flag, going swimming, and visiting other museums and theme parks on field trip days. And then there are the numerous neighborhood backyard camps, sports camps, theatre camps, even computer camps! Here at Historic Wagner Farm, our kids experience farm camp.