View antique farming tools at Saturday open house

July 30, 2014

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NEW — 3:20 p.m. July 30, 2014

By Greg Farrar Children play with one of Mike Intlekofer's antique farming tools at the 2012 Newcastle Days celebration.

By Greg Farrar
Children play with one of Mike Intlekofer’s antique farming tools at the 2012 Newcastle Days celebration.

The Newcastle Historical Society’s Mike Intlekofer is inviting members, friends, families and anyone else interested to an open house on his farm at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 2.

Intlekofer is responsible for bringing many of the historical tools that residents see, and children play with, at Newcastle Days.

His collection of antique farm and logging equipment will be on display. Kids can try their hand at shelling and grinding corn, pumping water and using the whetstone.

Intlekofer said attendees can also try their hand at “finoodling potatoes,” a method of picking new potatoes.

“You reach your hand directly into the soil of the potato hill, and grope around until you feel a tuber, and then pull it out. This method allows you to get a few new potatoes without digging up and disturbing the entire hill,” he said. “A method often used by the pioneers.”

The farm is located in the Renton Highlands area, just off of May Valley. The mailbox in front of the farm says 12221 164th Ave. S.E. It is located between Jay Berry’s Café and Doofers Bar and Grill. The GPS coordinates are N: 47, 29, 30, W: 122, 7, 17.

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