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PHILADELPHIA, October 8, 2015 — Farming in Philadelphia? You bet! And the Harvest on Henry Farm Festival, Saturday, Oct. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Henry Got Crops Farm in Roxborough, is one of the best ways to experience it!
A collaboration of Weavers Way Co-op and W.B. Saul Agricultural High School, Harvest on Henry is a day of fun on the farm at the Saul campus at 7095 Henry Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19128. Admission is free; tickets are sold for some activities.
Kids and grownups alike can visit the farm animals, stroll the fields, take a hayride, check out the vendors’ tables and enjoy live music. There are plenty of veggie-themed activities, like vegetable car racing, and seasonal fun, including pumpkin bowling, pumpkin golf and pumpkin painting.
There will be fine food from the food trucks, which donate 10 percent of their proceeds to the farm. At the Henry Got Crops Farmstand and Café, fest-goers can get their fill of apple cider and apple-cider donuts from Bucks County's Solebury Orchards; coffee from Mt. Airy's High Point Café; Equal Exchange fair-trade tea and hot cocoa; and fresh-popped popcorn.
Then there’s the pie contest. Do you have the crust to enter? This year’s celebrity judges are Scott Piergrossi, an official pie arbiter certified by the American Pie Council; High Point Café proprietor Meg Hagele; and Alex Fries, who as chef at Earth Bread + Brewery in Mt. Airy knows something about dough! Prizes include gift certificates from local foodie and wellness shops, a cookbook from author and Food in Jars blogger Marisa McClellan and a craft-beer gift basket from Roller's Express-o in Chestnut Hill. Retired from competition? You can still contribute a pie to the bake sale. For all the pie info, visit www.weaversway.coop/pie.
Harvest on Henry is a celebration of the 10-year partnership of Saul High School and Weavers Way in 2.5-acre Henry Got Crops farm. Saul students play a key role, running the games, working the petting barnyard and even making the ice cream that goes with the pie!
With the added support of Weavers Way Community Programs, the Henry Got Crops farm provides a hands-on learning environment for Saul students, and also supplies the Henry Got Crops Community Supported Agriculture program. Philadelphia’s Department of Parks and Recreation is the third Henry Got Crops partner. Another exciting part of the project, Henry Got Compost, turns manure from the Saul dairy barn and the Philadelphia Zoo and vegetable waste from Bennett Compost into high-quality compost. (Note: Saturday, Oct. 24, is FREE compost day; bring buckets, bags, even a pickup, to the farm from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Harvest on Henry is the perfect opportunity for a day out, plus a chance to support urban agriculture! Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 18. For more information, visit www.weaversway.coop/harvest-on-henry-2015.
(See below for photos from last year's Harvest on Henry. Hi-res available on request.)
Harvest on Henry 2015 food trucks:
Contra dancing, plus live music by:
- Art Miron
- Nothing Wrong
Other vendors and information tables:
- Saul Home & School Association
- Saul Alumni Association
- Weavers Way Co-op
- Diversified Human Solutions
- Heidi Barr Designs
- Inspire Energy
- Instar Apiaries
- Loris Sekella Gourd Art
- Lyceum Integrative Medicine
- Sara Robbins Basket Weaving
- Swiss Villa Eggs
- Tradestone Confections
Thanks to Harvest on Henry sponsors:
- Awesome Dudes Printing
- Blue Moon Acres
- Equal Exchange
- Esposito's Meats
- High Point Cafe
- Kilian Hardware
- Primex Garden Center
- Slow Rise Bakery
- Solebury Orchards
- Stanley's Hardware
- Three Springs Fruit Farm
About Weavers Way: Founded in 1973 as a neighborhood buying club, “the Co-op” now encompasses two grocery stores, two specialty wellness shops and a pet store in Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill. Weavers Way is member-owned, open to the public and committed to offering quality products that are local, sustainable and nutritious. For more information, visit www.weaversway.coop.