Celebrate autumn at Harvest Fest

The 28th annual Harvest Festival will take place at Shelburne Farms on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., a chance to celebrate autumnal abundance with family and friends, listen to marvelous music, enjoy delicious seasonal foods, visit the animals in the childrens farmyard, learn about Vermonts farm and forestry traditions and much, much more.

The courtyard of the historic farm barn and the surrounding fields are filled with excitement. Performers throughout the day include Jon Gailmor, Banjo Dan and the Mid-Nite Plowboys, Highland Weavers, Social Band, Karen and Pete Sutherland, Gary Dulabaum, Fiddleheads, Mayfly, Bob and Andrea Teer, Very Merry Theater ,and Will Dicker Boys.

Foods of the season include Shelburne Farms grilled cheese sandwiches and burgers, American Flatbreads baked in Shelburne Farms wood-fired oven, as well as Leonardos Gelatos, Shelburne Orchards apples, cider doughnuts, apple pie and cider, maple cremees from Comeau Family Sugarhouse, and Anis Smoothies. And O Bread will be baking their delicious bread all day. A special addition this year is Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA) serving grilled vegetables cooked in their wood-fired oven.

The Green Mountain Draft Horse Association will be offering horse-drawn hay rides, and under the childrens tent families will find lots of hands-on activities for children of all ages.

An exhibit that attracts lots of attention is the Energy Tent, where a solar collector will boil water for hot chocolate, and energetic souls can jump on a bicycle and see how much electricity they can generate. There will be demonstrations of grass pellets and wood pellets burning, and an exhibit of vehicles that use alternative fuels. And in line with Shelburne Farms commitment to sustainability, all the paper goods and plastic cutlery used during the day will be biodegradable.

The members of Vermont WoodNet, a coalition of small-scale woodworkers and wood products businesses, will participate in the Harvest Festival again this year, helping to educate visitors about sustainable forestry.

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