Cold, winter days are much more fun with food, friends and some silly games. The St. Charles Park District has adopted a winter tradition called the Kohlfahrt and created its own spin on the walk filled with delicious drinks, games and tasty treats for the Primrose Kohlfahrt.
The Kohlfahrt is a winter tradition that hails from the Bremen area of Northwest German where friends would load up a “Bollerwagen” with an assortment of schnapps, whiskeys and beer and imbibe while playing games along the walk, which would end in a local restaurant for continued merriment and eating. Kohl is the German name of the cabbage, and Fahrt means drive or journey. Kohlfahrt = cabbage journey.
For the St. Charles Park District version participants will enjoy a trek on the trails of Primrose Farm stopping for games, snacks and drinks. The park district has paired up with Riverlands Brewing Company of St. Charles to supply the tasty ales. There will be plenty to nosh as well, as plans are finalized to partner with a local restaurant, said Alison Jones, Manager of Farm Programs and Interpretive Services.
“We were looking for an event that was interesting and unique for winter and we discovered this,” Jones said.
The park district hosted its first Kohlfahrt in January 2020 and the day was terribly cold, so the group decided to forgo the walk, play some games inside the barn and adjourn to Riverlands. In spite of the frigid temperatures it was a great time and a great excuse for some fun and a good meal, Jones said. She is hoping for more mild temps this year so they can enjoy the walk.
Don’t delay, advance registration is required by Jan. 8 for this event that runs from 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. The cost is $45 per person and all participants must be ages 21 and older.
Winter is a great time to visit Primrose Farm and check in on the animals and enjoy the beauty of the season.
“When it snows, it’s really peaceful and pretty,” Jones said.
Visitors can check in on the animals from the goats frolicking in their yard to the chickens roaming the grounds looking for a place to scratch.
“The animals on the farm tolerate the cold very well,” Jones said, adding that on especially cold weather days the staff will bring the animals inside overnight.
Additionally, the farm is a great place to see some of the wildlife of the area. Check the snow for footprints from deer, opossum and other animals that don’t hibernate.
This winter the staff at Primrose Farm will host Adopt-an-Animal, a 5-week program for those ages 12-19 where young people can come and select an animal they want to work with over the course of the program. Participants work one-to-one with the farm staff to learn how to care for the animal and work on training with positive reinforcement. It gives young people a unique look into the care for the animals and can be a great experience, Jones said.
“This was super popular in the summer time,” she said. Visit primrosefarm.org for registration information.