Fall is here and I hope you can find a small town and local harvest festival to visit as the weather cools and leaves change!
Last Saturday I took a gorgeous hour country drive over Route 20 to visit the delightful Sharon Springs Harvest Festival with two fifth graders – my daughter Rosie and her friend E.
We stopped in to see my sunny friend Kendal and her handsome fiance Zach – and visited their shop McGillycuddy’s Naturals Bath Products. The two girls each picked a bar of soap, – peppermint and citrus sunrise! Next door, the Fabulous Beekman Boys Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge were signing copies of their Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook at their Beekman 1802 Mercantile!
So happy to see my friend Wendy Costa and her new line of artistic socks in person. Her painting studio (a church!) is nearby and her socks are printed locally. It’s an understatement to say the girls were big fans – they picked out matching pairs of socks!
A harvest festival is a great way to discover what’s right in your backyard – we found bulbs of organic garlic, rare and oinking New Zealand hogs, fluffy white bunnies, amazing homemade hummus, and lots of local fibers and knits.
Before we left, we explored the architecture and history of Sharon Springs and took Nick Drummond’s advice to head up a road to peer at the abandoned Alder Hotel and Spa. The town has a rich history as a spa town as people came to “take the waters.” Read more on Sharon Spring’s history here. As we walked by an old spring, we could smell the sulphur in the water.
Heading home, all the vendors were closed and I forgot to pick up something for Husband. No worries! Denali Farm’s self-serve stand right by the Imperial Baths had pie pumpkins! I threw two dollars in the box, grabbed two orange organic beauties and the girls and I headed home as the sun set. They want to come back next year!
Any great Harvest Festivals you plan on visiting this Fall?