The following is a reprint of the Butternut Valley Alliance’s press release for the Summer Harvest Festival:
Building on last year’s successful debut, the Butternut Valley Alliance is gearing up for its second annual Summer Harvest Festival, to be held on Aug. 12, in Guy Rathbun Park, Morris, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.
According to participating farmers, 2010 is so far an excellent year for vegetables, and together with a full entertainment lineup and other offerings, there is much reason for anticipating that this year’s festival will be another great success.
The farmers’ market, which the festival promotes, normally features upwards of ten vendors, hailing from as near by as Morris and as far away as South Brookfield in Madison County, and offers fresh produce, baked goods, plants, cheeses, meat and poultry.
Paul Koch, president of the MFM board of directors, owns Earth’s Harvest Farm in Morris, where he grows vegetables, raises pigs, and makes honey.
“I was surprised at how many people came to last year’s festival,” he said. “Everybody’s looking forward to it again this year.”
Denise Timms, who sells herbal vinegars, poultry and eggs “hot off the nest” from Coyote Creek Turkeys and Broilers in South Brookfield, shared Koch’s enthusiasm.
“It opened people’s eyes to the fact that we existed. It was very festive!” she said.
Besides locally grown vegetables, meat and dairy products, other items will also be offered, including maple syrup products (Brian Ryther of New Lisbon), hypertufa pots and decorative garden stones (Peg Dunbar of Wintergreen Gardens), and varieties of artisanal goat cheese from (Ilyssa Berg, Painted Goat Farm, Garratsville).
Live music entertainment will include The Ernst Family String Band; Jacob Morris Friedman (piano); “Expectations” with Lisa Sorensen Stahl, Jim Sorensen, and Stan Rabbiner; Ken Held (formerly of Fetish Lane); and a string band with Darin Trass on fiddle, Randy Miritello on guitar, and Will Lunn on mandolin.
Activities for children will include face-painting, a clown, and balloon sculptures by “Mike the Juggler.” “The Scoop” of Morris will also provide free ice cream for kids.
BVA volunteers, Jennifer Brickley, Lynne Ohl and Jeri Wachter, will prepare free food samples from local farms with cooperation from the Empire House, a Gilbertsville restaurant.
Elected officials, including Assemblymen Peter Lopez and Bill Magee, as well as Congressman Michael Arcuri, will also be in attendance.
Local 4H club members will exhibit several breeds of prize-winning farm animals. Other exhibits will be set up by the Butternut Valley Spinners, the Morris Historical Society, the Town of New Lisbon, the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA), and the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE).
“One of the goals of the BVA is to promote the economic viability of our area,” said BVA chair Bob Eklund of New Lisbon. “We want to emphasize the importance of supporting local agriculture whenever possible and to demonstrate our support of local producers. There’s nothing better than locally grown,” he said.
Sponsors of the event are Otsego 2000, OCCA, CADE, and the Otsego Land Trust.
The overall mission of the Butternut Valley Alliance is to encourage the preservation and protection of the environmental qualities, farming and cultural heritage, economic viability, open space and village charms of the entire watershed.
For further information, please contact Bob Eklund, BVA Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tags: Farmers Markets, Festivals