Welcome to the season of Harvest! Before it was known as Fall or Autumn, the third season of the year was known as Harvest. And that is what is continues to be known as at Norwell Farms. At the farm we are busy harvesting all the crops that were planted in spring and summer, preparing the fields for the winter and beginning the planning process for next year.
Harvest is also a time for celebration. Our most anticipated event of the year is back --The 4th Annual Harvest Festival is set for Sunday, October 16th. Our amazing event planning team went straight from putting on a successful Farm to Fork Dinner to organizing what plans to be the family fun event of the season with the Harvest Festival. There will be a pumpkin patch, pony rides, inflatable corn maze, farm-themed obstacle course, hay rides, face painting, live music, local food and more....
We have some upcoming educational events we thought may be of interest to you. The National Farm-Based Education Network is having their national conference in Concord, MA. There is still availability in the fermentation series taught by a fermentation expert, Laura Killingbeck, in Dartmouth, MA. Lastly, Norwell Farms is hoping to bring a local screening of the documentary film "Seed: The Untold Story" to our area. Please read on for more details.
Join Us at the 4th Annual Harvest Festival
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16
12 NOON TO 3 P.M.
Harvest is a time for celebration. Our most anticipated family event of the year is back — The 4th Annual Harvest Festival is set for Sunday, October 16th, from 12:00 - 3:00pm.
Join us for an afternoon of fun on the farm. There will be a giant, inflatable corn maze, pony rides, baby animals, hay rides, face painting, live music and more:
New this year is a farm-themed obstacle course, where participants young and old can race over hay bales, under ropes, and around corn stalks and pumpkins!
Norwell Farms educators will be on hand demonstrating apple cider making, bee keeping and Grateful Gardens of Hanover will demonstrate creating a sheet mulch garden.
Local musician Jim Armstrong is back again, along with some of his students who will be performing live music all afternoon.
Admission to the Harvest Festival is $20 per family and includes all activities. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, as well as gifts and items made by local artisans. All proceeds from the event benefit Norwell Farms Nonprofit mission.
Bartender Service of New England will be on-site selling local beer, hard cider and wine!
Thank you to our event sponsor, Joseph’s Garage of Norwell.
IMPORTANT: Jacobs Lane will be closed between Main Street and the South Shore Natural Science Center. The Harvest Festival main entrance and parking will be located near the Science Center.
October Volunteer Days
Work has slowed down at the farm so weekly volunteer days have come to a close BUT we need volunteer help at the Harvest Festival. If you are able to help with the Harvest Festival please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Evening at Norwell Farms
Thanks to everyone who attended last month's 3rd Annual Evening at Norwell Farms! Once again with your support we were able to sell out tickets to this event! What makes this event so special each year is that it is a true celebration of Norwell Farms: we are at the farm, eating vegetables grown right there, alongside the people who support what we are doing. It was a truly magical night at the historic Jacobs property! The non-profit arm of Norwell Farms has grown by leaps and bounds this past year and without this event and your support, the non-profit could not exist!
In October expect all sorts of squashes (butternut, honeynut, delicata, acorn), pumpkins, spinach, arugula, scallions, onions, head lettuce, broccoli, chard, cabbage, kale and more.
Our Farm Stand is open weekends only until October 16th when it closes for the season. Saturday -- Sunday, 9 am-5 pm
You can still find us every week these Farmers' Markets:
Friday 2 pm-6 pm
Braintree Farmers' Market:
Saturday 9 am - 1 pm
Help Norwell Farms Bring a Screening of Seed: The Untold Story to our area
Norwell Farms would like to connect the community together so we can have a screening of Seed: The Untold Story in our area.
We have picked the date of Thursday, February 9, 2017 (after the holiday rush and when we are all dreaming of planting gardens) to hold a screening at Patriot Cinemas at Hanover Mall. If enough tickets are bought, they will bring the documentary here for us to all enjoy and learn.
Details are still being finalized but once they are we will send out the link for purchasing tickets.
About the film:
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.
Farm Based Education Conference in Concord, MA
Are you interested in learning more about farm based education? We are lucky this year as the 2016 Farm-Based Education Network Gathering is local to us.
The gathering is perfect for educators, farmers, nonprofit organization staff, parents, nutrition practitioners, policy makers, students, and more to come together to share skills and resources, build relationships, and celebrate the vibrant field of farm-based education. The gathering is November 4th-6th in Concord, MA.
Fermentation Ferver: A Vegetable Fermentation Series
Saturday mornings, 9:00am – 11:00am: Oct. 22nd, Oct. 29th, Nov. 5th, Nov. 12th
Cost: $80.00/ $70.00 CSA Members & Friends of The Farm
This series is held at Round the Bend Farm in Dartmouth, MA.
Norwell Farms CSA Members & Friends of the Farm can enroll at the discounted $70 rate.
Learn how to transform any vegetable into a fermented delicacy! During this hands-on class, RTB’s Food Consultant and Fermentation Specialist, Laura Killingbeck, will teach you the vegetable fermentation process from beginning to end. Watch your ferments transform over the course of four weeks, and taste them all as they change.
This class is ideal if you:
Want to improve your digestive functioning and immune system
Are interested in eating local produce throughout the year
Are a CSA member or gardener with more veggies than you can use at once
Are interested in understanding the safety, science, and process of fermentation
Are a beginner or advanced fermenter
Classes will cover fermentation science and theory, safety, equipment and seasonal planning, gut health and nutrition, vegetable sourcing, and basic and specialized fermentation methods including dry salt sauerkraut and kimchi, techniques in brining root vegetables, spices and spice blends, kvass, hot sauces and chili pastes, and fermented condiments.
Particular recipes will reflect seasonally available produce from local farms, and will be influenced by what is available in CSA shares. All vegetables will be sourced locally. Students will get to take home a sample of fermented foods, and the rest will be distributed back to local farmers.