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A Finnish Farm
2/4/2011 5:48:55 PM
While a blizzard was raging in Chicago my husband and I headed to northern Wisconsin. We spent a couple days at Palmquist Farm (www.palmquistfarm.com). We enjoyed snow-shoeing on well groomed trails on a clear, sunny day.

It was fascinating to learn about the history of this Finnish farm. Jim and Helen Palmquist offered warm hospitality as they shared their heritage. They served us meals that were like feasts. We especially enjoyed some Finnish foods--creamed rice pudding, berry sauce and pulla!

A couple weeks earlier I had finished reading Blueberry God by Reino Hannula. This book gave me insight into another aspect of Finnish-American history.. Some of the first generation Finns were deeply involved in the labor movement that took place at the beginning of the twentieth century.

On the farm or in the labor movement the Finnish immigrants had great challenges that they met with a strong work ethic.


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More Blogs by Carol Van Der Woude
• Christmas Comes to a Broken World - Monday, December 17, 2012
• A New Site - Wednesday, September 19, 2012
• Reviews - Friday, August 10, 2012
• Writers Digest/Evaluation of My Book - Sunday, January 15, 2012
• Childbirth in the News - Thursday, December 01, 2011
• World Tour Event - Tuesday, August 16, 2011
• Book Award - Saturday, March 26, 2011
•  A Finnish Farm - Friday, February 04, 2011  
• A Book-Signing - Sunday, January 30, 2011
• Feedback on Aliisa's Letter - Tuesday, January 18, 2011
• The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Saturday, January 15, 2011
• The Sauna - Thursday, January 06, 2011
• Immigrant Tale Inspires - Thursday, December 30, 2010
• A Finnish Midwife - Monday, December 20, 2010
• Good News - Thursday, December 09, 2010
• Thimbleberry Jam and Allergy Diets - Saturday, December 04, 2010


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