Experience the Autumn Season Past and Present during Harvest Festival

For Immediate Release, Bath, Ohio – Nestled in Cuyahoga Valley, the arrival of fall creates spectacular scenery at Hale Farm & Village. Join us, on October 5, 6, 12 & 13 from 10:00am-5:00pm daily, for our annual Harvest Festival. This family-friendly event offers seasonal hands-on experiences such as apple cider pressing and butter churning, stories by Johnny Appleseed, hay piles for romping, pumpkin painting and much more! Learn how the pioneers of the region prepared for the winter months ahead through food preservation demonstrations. In addition to these autumn-themed activities, the artisans at Hale Farm & Village will be creating handcrafted at Hale items and over 30 historic buildings will be open to explore.

Sherri Wesner, the Agriculture and Horticulture Coordinator at Hale Farm & Village, has been maintaining our crops since the spring to have a successful harvest in the fall. Harvest Festival is historically the time when we celebrate all of the hard work during the growing season. Sherri explains, “The Pioneer or Subsistence Garden on property is ripe with vegetables that typically overwinter well in a root cellar, such as onions, cabbage, potatoes, beets, squash and carrots. The Jean Thomas Lambert Goldsmith Garden flowers are deadheaded throughout the season and their seeds collected to be sown in the greenhouse for next year’s garden. The Saltbox House herb Garden, funded and maintained by the Bath Gamma Garden Club, is full of herbs to be harvested and preserved for use during the winter.” Guests will have the opportunity to learn about these gardens and techniques.

Admission to the Harvest Festival is $10 for adults (13 years and older), $5 for children (ages 3 to 12years) and free for children under 2 years old, active military and Western Reserve Historical Society members. Admission price to the Harvest Festival includes festival activities and access to all historic structures as well as early American craft and trade demonstrations including; glassblowing, blacksmithing, pottery, broom making, candle dipping, spinning and weaving. The Hale Café will be open and serving seasonal favorites such as pumpkin pie and hot apple cider. The MarketPlace at Hale Farm & Village will also be offering seasonal hand-blown glass pumpkins, Ohio made apple and pumpkin butter, and other locally made artisan items.

In addition to the events of the festival each weekend, Hale Farm also hosts the Hale Harvest 5K run/walk on the morning of October 5. The three-mile trail course invites runners and walkers to experience the natural beauty of Hale Farm as they run along nature trails, past historic houses, through the Hale sugar bush, in farmyards, and across creeks. The top three overall finishers as well as the top male and female finishers per age category receive handcrafted pieces from Hale Farm & Village’s early American craft and trade artisans. Registration fee is aged based per runner and includes free admission to the Harvest Festival on race day. Runners can register online at halefarm.org.

 

Press Release submitted by:

Catherine I. Sterle Director of Marketing & Sales
Hale Farm & Village
2686 Oak Hill Rd. Bath, Ohio 44210
P.O. Box 296
csterle@wrhs.org | 330.666.3711 x 1715

(Top photo: Hale Farm Harvest | Photo credits: Nancy Balluck)