Genuine Faux Farm
Annual Festivals/Events at the Farm
Dates for 2013 are set!
All events will be held under most weather conditions. Notice will be sent if cancellation for other reasons is necessary.
Who can attend?
We do not actually limit attendance to CSA members, but these events are not open to the public at large. There are numerous "honorary" CSA members. This list includes persons who have helped on the farm, purchased our poultry or produce and persons who want to support what we do with your presence. If you are not sure if you are included in the invitation, ask us! It is likely that we'll just extend the invitation to you. We do appreciate RSVPs. Families with children are most welcome.
The spring Iris Festival occurs every year on Memorial Day, the time of year that is supposed to be the typical peak iris bloom. Since we have been here, there have been no typical growing years, so we get what we get with respect to the iris flowers.
The Iris Fest begins at 4pm and runs until the bonfire dwindles or 10pm, whichever comes first.
This gathering is a potluck style food event. Bring something to grill and/or something to pass (salads, snacks, etc). We usually have lemonade, iced tea and water available for beverages. We respectfully request that you limit alcaholic beverages. NOTE: We may announce that we will provide meat for the event (like a GFF turkey!). If that is the case, we will not fire up the grill.
If you have a lawn game that you wish to share, bring it along. We typically set out games such as bocci ball and blongo. There is also sidewalk chalk for the artists and frisbees for the athletic. We also encourage other, more sedentary games if people show interest. Tours of our gardens (guided or not) will be provided for the interested. Usually, we will have baby turkeys and chickens to view. Weather permitting, we will start a bonfire before dark and there is often s'mores if we hear there is interest from those attending (one of the reasons an RSVP helps us!).
Despite the picture - our Summer Fest is normally too warm for snow - so don't worry too much.
Tom Sawyer Day - we will begin with a Tom Sawyer Day in the mid afternoon. Persons who are willing to come to the farm and provide a little volunteer labor are encouraged to join us. While we may have some of the standard TSD fare (weeding) we would also welcome some help preparing for the festival. We often try to mow the common areas, set out tables, prepare drinks, etc and we might like to have a few helpers come out to the farm. We always want our farm looking its best for festivals, so extra hands to clean up whatever messes we find most irritating would also be a good thing. Come and help for a while before relaxing and joining the festivities.
Festival - Our mid-summer festival gives everyone a chance to see what the gardens look like when they are bursting at the seems with produce. The long summer days give us plenty of light to view gardens, feed turkeys and play games. We start the festival at 4pm and usually encourage the beginning of dinner around 5pm for those who have children or need a schedule for such things. All are welcome to the festival even if they do not attend the Tom Sawyer Day preceding the event.
This gathering is a potluck style food event. Bring something to grill and/or something to pass (salads, snacks, etc). We usually have lemonade, iced tea and water available for beverages. We respectfully request that you limit alcaholic beverages. By this time in the season, we will have zucchini and summer squash. We expect to be able to grill some of these for you to try!
Some of you may remember that this festival was hosted in late August in prior years. But, it seemed like attendance suffered due to a plethora of conflicts. That, and Tammy is beginning to get ready for the school year. We feel like this may be a good compromise.
Our fall gathering is usually electric with anticipation for the annual tomato launch. If you don't know what the launch is, you're just going to have to attend and find out.
Tom Sawyer Day - As with the Summer Harvest Festival, we will have a Tom Sawyer Day volunteer opportunity prior to the festival. Once again, we welcome help on the farm that may include help setting up for the festival itself and cleaning up the farm a bit for visitors. We may even want some help collecting 'ammunition' for the Fetid Fruit Fling.
Festival - This gathering is a potluck style food event. Bring something to grill and/or something to pass (salads, snacks, etc). We usually have lemonade, iced tea and water available for beverages. We respectfully request that you limit alcaholic beverages. We will supplement the feast with some of our fall excess.
Once again, games will make an appearance, as does good food and other spontaneous good things. Weather permitting, we will start a bonfire before dark and there will be s'mores. Can't have a bonfire without those! At whatever point things appear to point to doing it, we will have our annual rotten tomato launch. The turkeys typically love to chase them as they get sent into their pasture area.
most photos copyright by L.E.Bartel except as noted