We took a trip across the town line to visit Shelburne Farms today. They were hosting their annual harvest festival. It was fun, literally, for the whole family. I took the two kids last year and we spent most of the day there. They were excited to visit again and this time Mom came along as well. I was expecting many people to be there. The place was packed when we arrived:
You can see the farm barn in the distance. There were lots of cars. Maybe that speaks to our car culture. It also says something about how many people were there. My guess is that few of those cars carried only one person. There were families galore there. This was because Jon Gailmor sang and there was a play (a musical version of Romeo and Juliet) put on by the teens of Very Merry Theater and there were all kinds of fun activities for kids of all ages. The animals were all out and one could spin yarn and pet a llama and do a leaf rubbing.
And there was food, too. Maple Wind Farm of Huntington was there, serving grassfed beef and pork kebabs and hot sausages. Island Ice Cream offered seven different ice cream pops. And the corn line was, as last year, worth waiting in. They had a pick up set up just to toss in corn cobs for composting. They dished out hundreds of fire roasted ears of corn. The one I had was, no kidding, the best I had had all summer. Damn tasty.
The Harvest Festival, for the second year, coincided with Green Mountain Power’s Energy Fair. They had a tent set up where anyone present might learn about solar photovoltaics or wind power or solar hot water or LED light bulbs or energy efficiency of all stripes. I love that fair. Every year it convinces me that we should heat our water with solar energy and generate our electricity from the sun or wind. If only it didn’t cost so much to install. I did learn that we might expect to make money if we used solar for electricity. We really don’t use that much compared to most homes. But still, it is a big investment…
All in all we had a great time. Corn, ice cream, caramel apples, a fine sunny day, lots of encounters with friends and neighbors, and a good feeling about where we live and the people who live here. I hope Shelburne Farms keep doing it. Judging by the number of people there, my guess is that it was popular enough to repeat. Count us in next time. At this point, we’ll stay members, and we wouldn’t miss it next year.