Get Out and Celebrate Fall with Family Farm Festivals

Featuring Animals, Local Food, Music, and More

Contact Information

Kristi Perry
Public Relations Manager
617.359.3633
kperry@ttor.org

Sharon, MASeptember 3, 2013 – With Labor Day behind us, what better to way to kick off the fall season than to get outdoors and attend a family farm festival? The Trustees have events planned at multiple locations around the North Shore, the Greater Boston area and beyond this fall. Events range from live music, kids activities, and picnics to volunteer opportunities, all designed to get everyone out and connecting with each other while also supporting our local farms and communities.

Weir River Farm

The Trustees – the nation’s oldest statewide land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation organizations – own the most individual farm properties and also operate the most Community Supported Agriculture Programs (CSAs) of any entity in Massachusetts. As part of the organization’s statewide mission to protect Massachusetts’ irreplaceable natural, cultural, and working landscapes and landmarks for everyone, forever, The Trustees have been increasing their focus on preserving agricultural lands, creating and invigorating working farms (particularly in and near urban areas) and making sustainable local food systems more visible and accessible to all.

North Shore

Family Farm Day at Appleton Farms, Ipswich/Hamilton, MA
Sunday, September 15 | 10AM–3PM  |  Rain or Shine
Trustees of Reservations Members: $20/car, Nonmembers: $25/car
For more information call: 978.356.5728, email: afeducator@ttor.org, visit: www.thetrustees.org/appleton

Get ready for some good old-fashioned fun down on America’s oldest working farm, located on 1,000 acres on Boston’s historic North Shore. Join us for our annual fall festival and help us celebrate Appleton Farms’ 375th Anniversary! This popular family-friendly event features local healthy foods, music by Ben Rudnick and Friends, educational farm activities and crafts, and a 4-H Calf Halter Training Show. Paint a pumpkin, ride a pony, visit with barnyard animals, and check out our antique tractor show! The Trustees are grateful to EBSCO, which supported Family Farm Day at Appleton with a generous $5,000 donation this year.

In April of 2012, Governor Deval Patrick visited Appleton Farms and applauded The Trustees for Appleton’s diverse farming operations and our larger goal of engaging the public in local sustainable farming. Today the farm runs an active 550+ member CSA, operates an on-site dairy store featuring local cheese, yogurt and meats produced on the farm, and offers workshops, programs, and volunteer opportunities for all ages throughout the year.

Moraine Farm Open House, Moraine Farm, Beverly
Saturday, September 21 | 10AM–3PM
Trustees of Reservations Members & Nonmembers: FREE
For more information: morainefarm@ttor.org

Join us for the Moraine Farm Open House showcasing the non-profit partners that share this distinctive North Shore property: Friends of the Olmsted Landscape, The Trustees of Reservations, Cape Ann Waldorf School, Project Adventure, and Essex County Greenbelt.  The day will include activities such as historic tours, farm tours, short films, children's activities, and musical events. Bring a picnic, explore the grounds, and enjoy all that Moraine Farm has to offer.

Greater Boston

8th Annual Harvest Festival and Perennial Divide, City Natives Nursery, Mattapan
Sunday, September 2 1 10AM–2PM
FREE to all
Fore more information: 617.542.7696

Celebrate the harvest season at Trustees’ affiliate Boston Natural Areas Network’s beautiful, half-acre horticultural learning center and native plant nursery, with honeybees and fresh-pressed cider. Dig up your perennials to share and shop for City Natives–grown plants, soil amendments and season extension supplies.

Powisset Farm Fall Festival, Powisset Farm, Dover
Sunday, September 22 | 10AM–3PM
Trustees of Reservations Members & Nonmembers: FREE
For more information: 508.785.0339
 
The Powisset Farm Festival is a celebration of the harvest season. Come listen to music, press cider, tour this picturesque 109-acre farm, harvest roots with the farm crew, or have a picnic. Share Powisset Farm with your friends, family, and neighbors. We'll also be selling produce, so stock up for the winter months with local grown, delicious food.

Weir River Farm Fall Festival, Weir River Farm, Hingham
Saturday, October 5 | 10AM–2PM
Trustees of Reservations Members: Adult $5; Child FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $8; Child FREE
For more information: 781.740.7233

Join us for family-friendly fun at our annual Fall Festival! This iconic 75-acre farm located in the heart of Hingham celebrates the bounty of another successful farm season with our livestock, live music, delicious food, pony rides and crafts for the kids.

South Coast

Harvest Festival, Saturday, October 19 | 12Noon–4PM
Westport Town Farm, Westport
Trustees of Reservations Members & Nonmembers: Adult $3; Child (age 5 & under) FREE
For more information: 508.636.4693 x103

Bring your family to celebrate the annual harvest at the Westport Town Farm’s Community Gardens. Enjoy local food, music, and activities for all ages.

More about The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of scenic, cultural, and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees are the nation’s oldest, statewide land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation organizations. Supported by more than 100,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 111 spectacular reservations – including working farms with Community Supported Agriculture programs, historic homesteads and gardens, community parks, barrier beaches and mountain vistas – located on more than 26,000 acres throughout the Commonwealth. In addition, The Trustees work closely with permanent affiliates including Boston Natural Areas Network and the Hilltown Land Trust. The Trustees work to preserve and protect these special places for current and future generations and offer hundreds of outreach programs, workshops, and events annually, designed to engage all ages in their mission. Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation and preservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. To find out more or to become a member or volunteer, please contact www.thetrustees.org.