Boererij en Heemkundemuseum Schimmert
Recently, I pedaled over to the Boererij en Heemkundemuseum Schimmert. I guess it roughly translates to Ranch Museum. The museum depicts traditional farm/ranch life in the early 20th century (1900-1950).
It is a pretty interesting place. The museum has gathered traditional equipment from around the Limburg, Netherlands region. The museum has a diverse collection collection from dairy production to harvesting equipment to home life. I saw several older bicycles (always a cool). It was incredibly tempting to get on one and ride it around the grounds.
The museum is a functional farm with vegetable, fruits, herbs, animals and flowers growing. They also make stroop ( fruit syrup) the traditional way as well as “limburgse vlaai”, a regional style of fruit pie. Throughout the year they give demonstrations on how a farm would work from plowing to harvesting. Having expert timing I showed up just in time to see that everything was finished for the year.
A couple of other interesting things about the museum:
1. They go to local traditional markets and make their pies.
2. The museum is maintained and operated by people with special needs from giving the tours to making the cup of coffee I drank at the end of the tour. Coffee involved = good thing.
3. There are also a variety of animals on the grounds including chicken, bunnies and sheep.
I enjoyed the walking through the grounds, but it was even more interesting to communicate (through German – English – Dutch) that they have a real passion about maintaining the museum and answering all of my questions.
In the end I received an invitation to a local horse market (annual event) this weekend where they will preparing their pies. I look forward to going.