Shelburne Farms holds its annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21 to honor Vermont’s farm and forestry traditions through connection with food, agriculture, and community.
Throughout the day, families can participate in hands-on activities and spend time with Shelburne Farms educators and farm animals in the Children’s Farmyard. Educational exhibits will feature antique farm machinery, birds of prey, farm animals, and more. There will be opportunities to meet craftspeople – rug hookers, woodworkers, weavers, spinners, cheesemakers, and gardeners – and try some traditional arts. There will also be “forest to furniture” demonstrations of wood turning, carving, pole lathe, and more. The festival will include a hay bale maze, as well as horse-drawn rides provided by the Green Mountain Draft Horse Association and Green Mountain Miniature Horse and Donkey Association. Theatre and musical entertainment will be on hand and numerous locally produced Vermont foods will be available for purchase.
With more farmers markets, community-supported agriculture, and food hubs per capita than any other state, Vermont has strong agricultural heritage and many economic initiatives focused on food and farming. This annual event reflects and supports the state’s commitment to preserve the working landscape, serve the nutritional needs of the population, and strengthen the agricultural community.
“For 35 years, Vermonters have been coming together to celebrate the harvest at Shelburne Farms. Friends, families, and neighbors gather to connect, relax, and enjoy,” said Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets Chuck Ross. “For more than 40 years, Shelburne Farms has been teaching the next generation of Vermonters about the importance of agriculture, sustainability, and conservation.”
This year’s Harvest Festival is sponsored by Dealer.com and made possible with support from Edible Green Mountains, Kids Vermont, Vermont Tent Company, and volunteers from the Charlotte-Shelburne Rotary, Middlebury College, University of Vermont, and Saint Michael’s College.
Admission to the Harvest Festival is free to Shelburne Farms members. Admission for non-members is $8/adults, $5/children, $6/seniors, and children under three years of age/free. The event is held rain or shine. For information, please visit www.shelburnefarms.org or call 985-8686.