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October 8, 2008 > Harvest time at the farm

Harvest time at the farm

By Janet Grant

Falling leaves and cooler, shorter days signal the changing of the seasons from summer to fall. Most cultures from the beginning of time have observed the all important autumnal celebration of the harvest close to this time of year. From the Jewish Sukkot to the Chinese Moon Festival, to the Cherokee Itse Selu, it is the same - a time to give thanks for the abundance of the harvest.

Come share in the fun and the bounty of the season with the annual Harvest Festival at Ardenwood Historic Farm. Ardenwood is the East Bay Regional Park District's 205-acre agricultural preserve located in the heart of Fremont. From cider pressing to wheat threshing, visitors here can experience rural farm life as it was during the turn of the last century. And at Ardenwood's Harvest Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, you can lend a hand by wandering through a 5-acre cornfield and picking as many stalks as you can carry of Indian corn. You can even take home at least half of your harvest while the remainder will be stored in corncribs to be used throughout the year.

Enjoy magic shows, ice-cream making, old-time music and crafts such as making corn-husk dolls. Join the kid's special sing-along, visit the blacksmith, ride the horse-drawn train, and tour the beautiful Patterson House. All of this and more awaits you at the farm. Come and join the harvest celebrations the old fashioned way, where eating, music, and merriment are the order of the day.

Harvest Festival at Ardenwood
October 11 and 12
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Ardenwood Historic Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont
(510) 796-0199
www.ebparks.org

Adults: $8; Seniors: $6; Children (4-17): $5; Children under 3: free

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