Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, celebrated its 35th Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 21, 2013.
Approximately, 9,000 visitors passed through the gates enjoying the perfectly sunny and seasonal atmosphere.
One visitor from Connecticut exclaimed “I’ve never been to Vermont, but I’m here today visiting with my niece and nephew. We are having the best time learning about the animals and the farm!”
What was your favorite memory of the day?
Please check out this examiner’s highlights:
1) Hay Bale Maze for children of all ages
2) Shelburne Farms smoothies with seasonal ingredients
3) Shelburne Farms grapevine crowns embellished with natural elements
4) Shelburne Farms “Forest to Furniture” demo
5) A Sworded Affair rapper dance group
6) Maple cotton candy
7) Mazza’s roasted corn
8) Shelburne Orchards caramel apples
9) Green Mountain Miniature Horse cart rides
10) NOFA-VT flatbread with farmer fresh ingredients
11) Pet your favorite fowl with Feathered Friends 4-H Club
See the list for photos and more details.
For more information about Shelburne Farms event calendar, programs and educational opportunities please see their website.
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Shelburne Farms seasonal smoothies
Get creative with these harvest fruit and vegetable smoothies.
Thank Shelburne Farms for the inspiration.
Create your own all natural crown
One of the most popular areas of Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival, was fashioning a grapevine crown.
Grape clusters, herbs, grasses, and flowers from the Market Garden made lovely accents.
This examiner was particularly impressed by one guest who hiked Lone Tree Hill.
Not only did she enjoy spectacular views of the Inn at Shelburne Farms, Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks, she picked a large variety of wildflowers.
She shared these with her friends to make all natural fascinators.
Marshall Webb, Forestry Manager
Demonstrating “Forest to Furniture” is enjoyed by Marshall and colleague.
For more information about taking part in a Shelburne Farms adult program happening the first weekend in October click here.
A special bonus of taking part in most adult day or multi-day activities is the amazing farm-to-table food included.
This particular event includes a lunch and BBQ prepared by the Inn at Shelburne Farms chef and staff.
A Sworded Affair
This local Burlington rapper group combined traditional dance and music while wielding swords in an exciting artistic manner.
For more information check out A Sworded Affair on Facebook.
Two hands required for cotton candy on a windy day!
Every Vermont celebration isn’t complete without maple products!
Click here for locations to find these treats at VermontMaple.org
What’s your favorite, sweet or savory?
Mazza’s roasted corn on the cob
Paul Mazza’s Fruits and Vegetable has two convenient locations in Colchester and Essex.
Enjoy these seasonal favorites: corn, pumpkins, gourds, canning tomatoes and more.
This year marks the first time for pick your own apples at the Essex farm stand.
Shelburne Orchards candy apple
Another family fun spot in Shelburne is Shelburne Orchards.
Pick your own apples; enjoy the best apple cider donuts as well as local Vermont products and souvenirs.
Red Cloud favorite mini horse and cart
Coming around the driveway at Shelburne Farms Farmyard in a full trot, Red Cloud brought exhilarated expressions to his young passengers.
Green Mountain Miniature Horse and Donkey Association was definitely a highlight of the day.
Watching thin crust pizza made to order and shoved in the hot oven by NOFA-VT staff was an inspiration to this examiner.
Any combination of fresh vegetables from a local farmer or a backyard garden creates the best flatbread of the season.
4-H members sharing their feathered friends
What would a Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival be a without hands on farm animal experiences?!
Actually, any day during the season children of all ages can interact with a favorite barnyard friend.