Monday, October 4, 2010

Mother Earth Harvest Fair.....

The hubsters and I spent a few glorious hours enjoying the fall weather and visiting the MEHF Festival at Spoutwood Farm yesterday. Spoutwood is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm located in the rolling hills of York County, PA. Spoutwood is also an educational center and they sport an observatory for star gazing, too.
The MEHF Festival showcases local organizations, vendors, and farms that all have the same mindset of growing local, buying local, and supporting local craftsman in a sustainable manner.

This festival is run by volunteers and friends of the farm. I love the homemade signs!

This festival as well as the May Day Fairie Festival in May are both zero waste events.
They have "waste" stations placed all around the farm. Vendors are required to serve in eco-friendly containers that are either compostable or can be recycled.
Both festivals are very family friendly and a great way to spend a day with you kids.
Everyone who participates are very eager to talk with you and answer any questions you may have about what they are doing - whether it be raising animals for a purpose or selling their art. I'll be honest, I didn't take many photo's of the booths themselves. I feel it's a little intrusive on my part. I rack this up to old Catholic guilt from all my years in Catholic schools!
Anyway, below is just a short sample of the way we spent our day.

This farm brought their goats and had a "Goats for Kids" project. From taking care of them all the way to making cheese from the milk.

Shetland powered lawn mower. I want this!

Alpacas for fiber.

Jolly good music whilst you're roving around.

What a great sign to get you to stop. This place was all about dog rescue. You know that got a big thumbs up from me!

One of the little guys available for adoption. He looked so sad...

Demonstration on pressing cider.

For a little diversion, they had the "fairie realm" set up for kids to do some crafts.

I stopped to watch this woman spin and became totally intrigued. I found out she runs a fiber CSA. She also runs apprenticeships on raising sheep, shearing, and spinning the wool to the final product. Then she will teach you to weave your wool. I was so blown away by this that I am actually thinking about doing this.

This is some of her finished product. Just beautiful!

What I don't have pictured are the many farms who come out to sell their products nor do I have any of the artisans pictured.

There were homemade soaps and lotions, honey (I brought home 5lbs of beautiful, un-processed pure gold), fresh organic fruit, and fresh pressed cider.
The art ranged from recycled jewelry, quilts, woven rugs, woolen mittens, and skillfully decorated gourds (I brought one of those home, too).

They also had a blessing of the animals, but, we missed this since we had to leave before this happened. You could bring any of your animals for the blessing as long as they were well behaved. There were many folks who brought their dogs. Isn't this such a nice thing to do?

The one thing I will say about going to an event at Spoutwood Farm is that you leave feeling totally relaxed and at peace with the world, even if it is only for a few hours. It is such a loving atmosphere and everyone who works there or the patrons who come out are always ready with a smile and are willing to take a few minutes to chat. The pace of life slows for a bit as you walk the farm and not only enjoy the festival, but, the farm's beautiful surroundings.

It was a pleasant way to spend a few hours on a fall afternoon.


  1. Sounds like heaven, and the perfect way to spend a fall afternoon!

  2. Toni- I think most people would jump at the chance to have their booths mentioned and pictured on somebody's blog- it could be good for their business. You could always ask first, too. I've taken pictures of places and asked if I could, and told them that I wanted to put it on my blog, and every time they've said yes.

    Ok- I think it was twice, but I'm still two for two!

    Looks like a wonderful time.

    The fiber arts thing looks like an expensive but incredibly rewarding hobby...

  3. Seems like a great way to spend the day.

  4. Sounds wonderful, Toni, and it looks like a perfect way to spend an autumn day! I love the photos. The spun yarn is really great!