Westport Town Farm set to celebrate the harvest

Visitors enjoy a previous Westport Town Farm Harvest Festival at the farm overlooking the Westport River. Visitors enjoy a previous Westport Town Farm Harvest Festival at the farm overlooking the Westport River.

Visitors enjoy a previous Westport Town Farm Harvest Festival at the farm overlooking the Westport River.

Visitors enjoy a previous Westport Town Farm Harvest Festival at the farm overlooking the Westport River.

The Trustees of Reservations will host its fifth annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 4 p.m. All are welcome to join the celebration, with local food, music, family activities and a special one-day farmers market featuring Westport-area farmers.

This is the last chance to purchase fresh vegetables from local farmers at a farmers market this season.  Admission is $3 for adults.

Farmers and vendors expected to attend include Skinny Dip Farm, Runaway Farm, Paradise Hill Farm, Apponagansett Farm, Brix Bounty Farm, The Hidden Garden, Hana’s Honey, Noquochoke Orchards, Quonset Farm, Smoke and Pickles, and others.

Antique farm implements will be on display, along with demonstrations on old barn construction and apple cider pressing.  Youngsters will have the opportunity to paint pumpkins, join a scavenger hunt, and interact with goats, cows, alpacas and other animals from nearby farms. Guests are also encouraged to stroll the scenic grounds and gardens, and enjoy one of Westport’s most beautiful places.

This year’s music will be provided by the popular group “Bagmen.” Barry Gross, joined by father and son duo Dock and Putnam Murdock, are South Dartmouth-based musicians who delve into many styles of music. They are three fourths of the local Bluegrass quartet Bag Men, and frequently share the stage as part of Putnam Murdock’s self-titled band, playing his original melding of folk, rock, and bluegrass music.  Dock and Putnam also form part of the longstanding Bluegrass group the Centre Streeters.  Putnam has won acclaim for his songwriting, including having his album Fiction placed on the official ballot for the Grammy Awards in five categories.

Food from Smoke and Pickles of Westport will be on sale throughout the afternoon.

This year The Trustees again provided thousands of pounds of fresh produce to the Westport Council on Aging and its weekly Food For Friends program. With the leadership of Steve Connors, The Trustees’ farm manager, and the help of volunteers and the South Coast Youth Conservation Program, The Trustees expanded its agricultural program at the Westport Town Farm and Cornell Farm in Dartmouth.

Each season, the Trustees of Reservations hires area teens for their environmental work program, and this year a crew of eight young people was assigned to this South Coast effort.

The Westport Town Farm, known for generations as the “Poor Farm,” is now the home for offices of the Westport Land Conservation Trust, and the Trustees of Reservations Southeast Region.  The property is open to the public from dawn to dusk for hiking, bird-watching and other passive recreation.

Town Farm is located at 830 Drift Road, Westport. For more information, call 508-636-4693, ext. 13. Or email sconnors@ttor.org.

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