Heirloom Apples in a bowl

Saturday, October 6; Sunday, October 7; Monday, October 8; Saturday, October 13; Sunday, October 14

Times: The Village is open from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm October 6-8 and 13. The Village will be open special hours (11:00 am - 6:00 pm) on October 14 for a Celebration of Cider and Music Festival.

Cost: Included with daytime admission, a season pass, or Village membership

Celebrate the harvest and the beautiful New England autumn at the peak of fall color. Learn how food makes its way from the farm to the dining room table. Meet our oxen and see multiple guest teams (October 6 – 8 only) demonstrate plowing and field preparation. Learn more about heritage breed animals and talk with breeders.

Join our costumed interpreters as they harvest apples, potatoes, carrots, and beets, conduct garden, and root cellar tours and discuss food preparation, thresh and winnow grain, and shell corn and beans.

One of the most popular items of the fall harvest is apples. In New England, cider making is to autumn what maple sugaring is to spring. However, 19th-century farmers would not recognize the sweet cider we enjoy from farm stands today. Cider in the 1800s was not merely the apple juice, but was fermented “squeezings” from apples, which meant the cider would keep through the spring planting, summer heat and into the harvesting of the next apple season. Throughout the day, our interpreters will be cooking and preserving this special fall fruit and operating the ox-powered Cider Mill.

 

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This event is proudly sponsored by:

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