(This photo via TheBittenWord.com)
We almost didn't have a fall festival this year due to some schedule conflicts. But we just couldn't resist. See, the truth is, you guys are a fantastic bunch of people and we want a chance to hang out with you.
It's not uncommon for me to have a conversation with friends who work in the service industry (waiters, park rangers, doctors, salespeople, etc) and the friend will mention some terrible interaction they've had recently with a rushed, angry patron/client/customer. And I always think to myself, "Wow, my customers are always so nice to me. Always! I'm so lucky!" I think it has something to do with the fact that we interact with you regularly, so if there's a problem, we can resolve it amicably. But still, I'm not sure how I am so fortunate to have such terrific, encouraging, friendly members to work for.
OK, back to business. Here's the plan:
Saturday, November 3rd, we'll move the CSA pick-up to the Education Barn. The picnic will be there, also, from 1:00 - 4:00pm or later. We're expecting it to be cold, so we'll light a bonfire outside, and rent a few heaters for the inside of the barn. Alexis Starkey is one of our volunteers at the farm pick-up on Tuesdays. She also happens to be a caterer, and we've asked her to cook some Harvest Stew of mixed vegetables, as well as some biscuits, hot cocoa, and sweet potatoes roasted in foil at the bonfire. All will be available for purchase at a modest price. Bring food and drink for yourself and/or buy Alexis's as you please.
Our band this year will be whomever happens to show up with instruments. This can be you!
As in past years, we'd love for you to bring some baked goods, other homemade foods, arts, crafts, or anything else you would like to sell so we can raise money for the farm. Instead of a silent auction, we'll treat it more like a regular sales table, so you can buy what you like whenever you want during the afternoon. All the money we raise will help us offer half-price CSA shares for low-income families in 2014. You are welcome to bring the items to the farm on the day of the picnic, or any day ahead of time.
And of course, we'll be offering free hayrides to visit the cows and chickens.
We've invited Melwood to sell pots of mums--they have a vocational horticultural center nearby for adults with disabilities. If it's anything like years prior, they will be beautiful and very reasonably-priced.
To summarize, things you might wish to bring to the fall event. All are optional:
- Cash (checks are OK too) for warm food and drink, and the irresistable pies and other things people have donated.
- Food and drink for you and your family/friends, should you wish to bring your own
- An instrument to play
- Donations for our sales table (cupcakes, knitted mittens, pottery, etc)
- Chairs or blankets, if you prefer them over hay bales
- Plates, cups and utensils (we'll have extras)
- Dress warmly! Bundle up, so you can relax and have a great time.
All are welcome. Invite your friends and neighbors.
Clagett Farm, 11904 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
See you then!
-Carrie, and the rest of the farm staff