First and foremost, the Harvest Festival celebrates our local farmers, who brought their very best harvests for display and sale.
The signs have been beckoning passersby for weeks.
We arrived at the store Saturday morning early, and found a great crowd already. Always a good sign.
The Ollie’s butter girls were a big hit. Who doesn’t love all-natural artisanal butter?
Sharon springs is more goofy than scary. Our Jack-o-Lanterns reflect that.
A bucket of sunshine.
The American Hotel Harvest Feast spanned three nights this year. All courses feature locally grown and raised products.
A peek at the American Hotel Harvest Feast Menu.
We always bring some baby goats to frolic in front of the store. They like to party too!
There were plenty of vendors willing to help you fill your pantry for winter.
A Beekman-inspired lunch option.
Visitors always compliment the village business’ harvest decorations.
Hard not to get in the Harvest spirit with these locally grown beauties.
Out at the farm we had hundreds of visitors touring the property.
A small harvest in the Beekman 1802 Farm Heirloom Garden.
Low puffy clouds, and a slight chill made for perfect Harvest Festival conditions.
Farmer John spiffs up the farm for weeks beforehand.
Farm tour ticket holders were also treated to free Beekman 1802 Ice Cream. (Which will debut to the public next summer.)
We couldn’t be more open for business!
The American Hotel always lives up to its name.
Crowd estimates were even higher than last year.
While the streets are crowded, no one is ever pushy. Everyone has a smile on their face all weekend, it seems.
There were over 125 vendors this year, scattered throughout the village. If you couldn’t find something you liked, you weren’t looking hard enough!
Some colorful pumpkins from the Pumpkin Painting Contest.
There were activities for children all weekend long, including pumpkin painting, animal petting, and a seed spitting contest.
Cooperstown’s own Ommegang Beer is always an important partner to Sharon Springs’ festivals. We’re very proud to have them as neighbors.
A delicious lunch including “Blaak & Mac” from the Black Cat Cafe.
Beautiful harvest decorations inside the American Hotel lobby.
The rolling hills of the Mohawk Valley are so beautiful, especially to those who haven’t visited Central NY before.
Will we see you at next year’s festival?
(Photos courtesy of Ian Siegel)
When the town of Sharon Springs held its first Harvest Festival four years ago, we had no idea that it would become an event that drew thousands of folks from around the world. This year’s festival included visitors from as far away as Australia and Norway. We think what makes the festival so memorable is the attitude of those that host and attend. It’s a slice of real America, and a simple celebration of farmers and artisans.
We had a record-breaking turnout for this year’s festival. The weather was as bright and sunny as the smiles on people’s faces. We thought we’d share a few photos of the day for those who couldn’t make it.
See you all next year!