by Sherri Froh-Byrne
|Live music with Sonic Love Child|
|Farmer Richard competes in a game of "Pumpkin Ring Toss"|
|Leopard Frog on field blanket|
|Leopard Frog caught! |
Quick photo before its release.
|Curious eyes look on as sweet potatoes are lifted from the ground|
|Now that's a huge carrot!|
|The search for the perfect pumpkin!|
A few people found some “warty” pumpkins that caught their eye and others found some that would most certainly make the perfect Jack O’ Lantern. Some of the children were on a mission to find a special pumpkin that Farmer Richard had etched with Andrea’s name. I heard the lucky one cry out “I found AJ! I found AJ!” That little girl was so proud of herself for finding Andrea’s pumpkin.
|Farmer Andrea's pumpkin|
Captain Jack also had a pumpkin with his name etched into the skin that was found amongst all of the pumpkins in the field. It was fun watching everyone decide which one held the most beauty in their own eyes and I am certain that there was not one person who left the field feeling disappointed in their decision.
|Captain Jack looks for his pumpkin!|
|So much food! Truly a bounty of the harvest!|
Our big activity this year was “Pack a CSA Box”. The mission of this game was to see who could assemble a box and pack it full of vegetables, fitting all of the vegetables from their tote into the box without crushing or damaging any items. Teams were not only racing against the clock and each other, but racing against Farmers’ Andrea and Richard. Since they have a bit of an unfair advantage due to their combined experience in CSA box packing, it was decided that they would have to compete while wearing blindfolds.
|Farmer Andrea and Farmer Richard compete in "Pack a CSA Box"|
All in all, it was a very successful harvest party. So many people commented on how they couldn’t have asked for a better day for a drive to the farm! It was great to meet so many people and for Richard and Andrea to see so many familiar faces of people who have supported the farm and encompassed the whole CSA concept. Thank you to all of the Harmony Valley crew who showed up to make this day successful by helping with set up, assisting with parking, driving the tractors and clean up. Thank you to those of you who came, and to those of you who couldn’t make it, we hope to see you next year!