Two years ago, Inga Witscher and her father, and her husband, each bought a 1SR Haying outfit from me to make scythe cut hay for a small herd of mini-Jerseys on their farm in Osseo Wisconsin. Later they invited me to teach a haymaking workshop at their farm. Through their contacts, the event got some good publicity, including this article in the country today "The cutting edge: St. Croix County scythe expert says ancient haying tool making comeback on small farms." Inga is also the host of a cable tv cooking show called Around The Farm Table. She incorporated cooking a meal for the scythe workshop into her show. Good food has a way of showing up at scythe workshops, but this meal was spectacular! (BTW, the recipe for "switschel" can be found on page 63 of The Scythe Book.)
This year we have broadened the scope of the haymaking workshop in to a scythe festival. 1SR Scythe Fest 2013. Like Sommerfest, but with scythes.
June 29th, 2013 1SR Scythe Fest 2013 at Isidore's Mead, Osseo WI - A mid-summer scythe festival. Beginning to advanced mowing workshops, haymaking, and peening. Food and music? Still in the planning stage. Details to follow. 1SR Instructors Botan Anderson and Larry Cooper. Contact 1SR to register, or sign up on facebook. Attention out-of-towners. Our Scythe Fest is happening on the same weekend as Country Fest, in Osseo. The Super-8 and other motels expect to sell out quickly. I reserved a block of 9 rooms for Scythe Fest, for Friday and Sat night. The discounted rate is $79.20 + tax per room per night for double occupancy. If you want a room at the Super-8, call 1-715-597-5000, and ask to "personalize a room out of the Scythe Fest block." I also made reservations for 10 people at the Norsky Nook at 7pm on Friday the 28th. Let me know if you want to go, and if we have more than 10 people I will reserve more seats. Camping is also available at the Whispering Pines Campground in Osseo, WI. 715.597.2004 http://whisperingpinesosseo.com