Barnard

Communities / Sep. 28, 2017 9:13am EDT

Chloe Powell – 802-999-3391

Last Sunday, on a particularly warm late September evening, farmers and friends gathered under the striped yellow and white tents over bowls of food grown on site by the Feast and Field Farmers. This harvest celebration and fundraiser was a chance for the farmers to say thank you to the members who have supported the Feast and Field Market, and also a chance for guests to share what these valued community events mean to them. Justin Park of Heartwood Farm and Chris Piana shared their stories of coming to Barnard and finding home here.

The evolution and growth of Fable Farm’s weekly gatherings into Feast and Field Market could never have been predicted in the early days. As the popularity of Thursday events grown, so have the costs, but the farms have gone with it, placing value on creating this space to share with the community. While music fees are now sponsored by BarnArts which presents the Music Series, the additional costs are covered by vending fees, and now membership fees, and what comes short is covered by farmers.

This year, Feast and Field Farmers introduced a membership program, to help cover some of the costs of hosting the market from clearing parking lots, to renting handicapped porta-potties. The group wants to keep membership accessible to families, so that these community events can stay open and free to the public. Contact feastandfield@gmail.com for more info, or sign up at market.

There are three more markets: This Thursday, Sept. 28, BarnArts Music Series hosts the John Larouche Trio. Next week, October 5, Myra Flynn performs at the market with guitarist Paul Boffa. The stage will open up for songs, poems, and stories at an open mic on October 12. Sign up ahead of time (email clovermont@gmail.com) or show up with something to share and sign up then.

The Royal Frog Ballet’s “Surrealist Cabaret,” returns this weekend for three performances at Feast and Field, Friday, Sept. 29-Sunday, Oct. 1, promptly at 5 p.m. The show takes the audience on a walk around the farm for a series of skits, vignettes, poems, songs and stories connecting us further to the landscape and one another.

The company performed two years ago, and with a lapse last year, many have been asking when they return. It was truly one of the most powerful, coolest, and weirdest and most magical things I have ever seen. Performances begin promptly, so get there early to get your ticket and get settled in before being taken on a surreal journey in our backyard.

This Sunday morning from 7:45- 11 a.m., the BEES, Barnard Academy’s PTO group, will host the foliage breakfast. Not only is this annual event supporting a great cause (enrichment at our local school), but it is a great deal, and a delicious meal, mostly locally sourced.

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