A Maze’n Farmyard is a unique rural Minnesota family entertainment center that offers a range of farm attractions. Children of all ages will enjoy the farm activities, from riding ponies to feeding the animals. Seasonal A Maze’n Farmyard attractions include the Christmas gift shop and the gingerbread house decorating class, which is offered in late November and led by an award-winning cake decorator.
A deep-rooted symbol of the holidays, gingerbread has its origins in ancient China, where the ginger root was first cultivated. The use of ginger in cooking spread to Europe, and the original gingerbread recipe dates back to Greece in 2400 BC. By the Middle Ages, gingerbread cookies were a staple of community festivals, with some events even known as gingerbread fairs.
The very first cookbook in the United States, American Cookery, published in 1796, contained no fewer than three gingerbread recipes. “Gingerbread Lafayette” has a particularly noteworthy origin, having been served by Mary Ball Washington, George Washington’s mother, when the Marquis de Lafayette visited her home in Virginia. Today, gingerbread houses are edible decorative art that brings together family members of all ages during the holidays.