Saturday, September 16, 2017

Colony Stew served at Bishop Hill's Jordbruksdagarna


Come for the Stew; Stay for the fun.
September 23 and 24th 
Jordbruksdagarna in Bishop Hill
In 1972 the Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association participated in the first Jordbruksdagarna (earth works day) by preparing and serving a Swedish style meal. Each year since then, The Old Settlers have set up their tents and huge black kettle outside to cook this traditional Colony Stew which has, in time, become a festival favorite. Crowds line up for a hearty meal of beef and barley stew, hardtack, and rice pudding.
Many recipes have been passed down through Bishop Hill families and this Colony Beef Stew recipe is a perfect example. It was published in a Heritage cookbook decades ago, attributed to Beverly Spets, longtime resident and former Postmaster. Though it is scaled for a crowd, the proportions are easily converted to make a family sized meal. The original recipe is available at right to download; click the stewpot to print!
Even more fun than being a guest at our many events is being part of the team putting on the show, cooking up the delights, and rolling out the carpet for new friends. The Old Settlers are always happy to add new faces to their ranks. Good news: You don’t have to be old or a settler to hitch up to this group. We welcome anyone who wishes to keep these traditions rolling. Fun and fellowship are free to all interested – just use the email form to contact us. Next year you could stir that stew!
For more details about this event, call 309 927-3899 or email the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. Please see the full lineup of the weekend's activities below.

Join us for Jordbruksdagarna (Agriculture Days) 
THROUGHOUT BISHOP HILL VILLAGE
10am – 5 pm
Saturday, Sept 23 & Sunday, Sept 24
Colony Stew and Rice Pudding
Music: Hammer and Pick - Noon & 2pm
Nordic Dancers - 1pm & 3pm
Children’s Games - 2pm
Sunday only: 
Community Church Service 10am
Demonstrations:
Forging / Flax Processing / Rope Making / Woodworking / More!
Vendors:
Pumpkins, Mums, Goat Milk Products, Gourds, Popcorn, Uncle Bud’s Apple Cider Slushies, Antiques, Vintage Wagons, and Primitives
Petting Zoo by the Burns Booster 4-H club
WEST OF COLONY STORE
BHHA Food Stand with Svenska Varm Korv, Swedish Hotdogs, and Pork Burgers 11am - 2pm both days
BJORKLUND HOTEL
Join the fun at the demonstration area south of the Bjorklund Hotel
Noon-4pm each day. Brick Making / Corn Husk Dolls / Apple Cider Pressing / Corn Shelling / Sorghum Pressing / Cooking / Hard tack baking
HENRY COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM  
Outside Antique Tractors and Equipment Display
STEEPLE BUILDING
Concert by Johan Hohansson 11am Saturday only
Book signing by Lilly Setterdahl 11am to 3pm Saturday only
FEATHERED NEST
Open house Saturday and Sunday noon to 4pm
PEASANT WORKS
Kinfolk Barnfest both days. DIY Colony Photo Booth and a Vintage & Handmade Market
PRAIRIE ARTS CENTER
Book signing by Mary Davidsaver 10am – 2-pm. Saturday only
PEOPLE MOVERS
 11am – 4pm. Saturday only with stops at the VASA archives, the Henry County Museum, the Village Park, and the Colony Church