When we started the Sharon Springs Harvest Festival two years ago, we dreamed it to be an occasion to celebrate the harvest from our local farmers and a day to bring the community together.   The first we were thrilled when 500 people showed up to the one day event.  Last year, imagine our surprise when over 5000 people over two days came to visit our little village.  Why?  No other reason than it’s a weekend to acknowledge what is good about small town America.  We want you to come by and say ‘hi’ to everyone.

You can check back to this page as we add details about this year’s event.  If you are interested in becoming a vendor at this year’s festival, visit enjoysharonsprings.com to submit a vendor application.  For questions call Joe Todd Campbell:  518.284.2884

 

Friday, Sept 23

10:00-4:00pm–Check out the Homage to the Harvest exhibit of local artists at the Village Hall Gallery on Main Street

4:30pm-6:00pm— Brent & Josh  will be signing copies of the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Recipe Cookbook at The American Hotel where you can wait and mingle with a refreshing beverage in your hand.   *Since the official release date of the book is not until Oct 4, Barnes & Noble will only be on-site selling books during scheduled signing events

6:00pm-10:00pm–Harvest Feast featuring all locally sourced ingredients (SOLD OUT)

 

Saturday, Sept 24

9:00-9:30Join us in Chalybeate Park as pastors from six area churches come together for an  interdenominational “Blessing of the Bounty of the Harvest.” All are welcome!!

10:00-4:00pm–Harvest Festival in the Village of Sharon Springs. With over a hundred craftsmen, farmers, artisanal food and displays

10:00-4:00pm–Tour of Beekman Farm (SOLD OUT).  To eliminate issues with parking, there is a shuttle to and from the farm that picks up and drops off at the steps of The Mercantile.

10:00-4:00pm–Walking architectural tours of Historic Sharon Springs led by our town historian and design journalist, Mitch Owens.  Click here for ticket information.  Space is limited.

10:00-4:00pm–Check out the Homage to the Harvest exhibit of local artists at the Village Hall Gallery on Main Street

1:00-3:00pm— Artist and author Michael Whaling will sign copies of his book, The Wall at Beekman Farm, in front of the Village Hall Gallery

2:30-4:00pm–if Sharon Spring’s history of a center of wellness inspires you during your visit, check out the Body Sensation class at Studio North.  Click here for information

4:30pm-6:00pm— Brent & Josh  will be signing copies of the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Recipe Cookbook at The American Hotel where you can wait and mingle with a refreshing beverage in your hand.   *Since the official release date of the book is not until Oct 4, Barnes & Noble will only be on-site selling books during scheduled signing events

5:30pm-10:00pm–An Authentic Pig Roast!–if you missed out on tickets to the Harvest Feast, you can still taste the best of the local harvest when the Sharon Tavern hosts and pig picking using locally raised and cultivated ingredients.  Please book ahead by calling (518) 284-2354

6:00pm-10:00pm–Harvest Feast featuring all locally sourced ingredients (SOLD OUT)

7:00-11:00pm–The Harvest Hop at historic Clausen Ridge Farm featuring dancing and local musicians.  Click here for tickets

 

Sunday, Sept 25

 

10:00am:  Please join us at the Chalybeate Temple for a traditional Native American thanksgiving address.  The Mohawk tribe once populated this valley.  The blessing of the harvest, Ohen:ten Kariwehtehkwen,  means “the words that come before all else.” Simply put, this is recognition of the importance of all things on Earth.

10:00-4:00pm–Harvest Festival in the Village of Sharon Springs. With over a hundred craftsmen, farmers, artisanal food and displays

10:00-4:00pm–Check out the Homage to the Harvest exhibit of local artists at the Village Hall Gallery on Main Street

11:00-12:00pm–Artist and author Michael Whaling will sign copies of his book, The Wall at Beekman Farm, in front of the Village Hall Gallery

10:00-4:00pm–Tour of Beekman Farm (SOLD OUT).  To eliminate issues with parking, there is a shuttle to and from the farm that picks up and drops off at the steps of The Mercantile.

10:00-4:00pm–Walking architectural tours of Historic Sharon Springs led by our town historian and design journalist, Mitch Owens.  Click here for ticket information.  Space is limited.

4:30pm-6:00pm— Brent & Josh  will be signing copies of the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Recipe Cookbook at The American Hotel where you can wait and mingle with a refreshing beverage in your hand.   *Since the official release date of the book is not until Oct 4, Barnes & Noble will only be on-site selling books during scheduled signing events

6:00pm-10:00pm–Harvest Feast featuring all locally sourced ingredients (SOLD OUT)

 

A rotating shuttle bus will operate continuously on both days between parking lots and festival destinations on Main Street.

 

Other things to do in Sharon Springs during  your visit
We will have designated areas at the Harvest Festival to collect donations of canned goods, diapers, and toiletries for those people in our community who suffered the brunt of Hurricane Irene

The brand new Spring House Spa on Main Street has developed a special spa services menu in honor of Harvest Festival.  Book your service before Aug 28 and receive a 10% discount on any service .  Click here for details

Visit Howe Caverns, one of the most magnificent cavern systems in the world just 12 miles from Sharon Springs.  Mention “Beekman Boys” and get 10% off of your admission

Take a tour of historic Clausen Ridge and see one of the most amazing views in all of Sharon Springs.  Click here to reserve a spot.

Take a tour of Brewery Ommegang and see how some of the best Belgium-style beer in the world is made right here in upstate NY. Click here for more info.  And while there check out the nearby The Farmer’s Museum, The Fenimore Art Museum, and The Baseball Hall of Fame

Visit the world-class Arkell Art Museum in Canajoharie and stop by to see the waterfalls in Wintergreen Park

 

 

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by Josh and Brent

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ANGELINE SHEPHARD

HELLO,I HAVE HEARD WONDERFUL THINGS ABOUT YOUR HARVEST FEST, OUR FREINDS HAVE MADE COMMENTS REGARDING YOUR NEED FOR FOOD VENDORS. WELL I'M YOUR GAL. I OWN AND OPPORATE MaMa SHEPS MOBILE CAFE & CATERING, I SERVE A HAND PULLED PORK TENDERLOIN SMOOTHERED IN MY HOMEMADE SAUCE INSIDE A PITA POCKET TOPPED WITH MY HOMEMADE COLESLAW, I ALSO SERVE MY HOMEMADE (CHUNKY) CHILI ONTOP OF MY ALL BEEF FRANKS, I'VE BEEN DOING THE FAIRS AND FESTIVALS FOR 8 YEARS NOW, I LOVE THE ATMOSPHERE THAT EVENTS LIKE THESE HAVE, COMMUNITY IS A RESOURCE WE NEED TO TAP INTO AND GET THIS CRAZY WORLD BACK ON TRACK, I SINCERELY HOPE WE GET A CHANCE TO MEET AND I WOULD LOVE TO PARTICIPATE AT YOUR EVENT.MY PH # IS 315 855-4631 I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.THANK YOU, ANGEL SHEPHARD

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Diane

I have two extra tickets for the Beekman farm tour on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. I would be happy to sell them and donate the proceeds to flood relief in Sharon Springs.

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Bonnie Martin

Ashley,

I will have to Fed X them to you if are still interested.

Sorry I didn't reply to you sooner.

Thanks

Bonnie Martin

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Ashley Mac

Bonnie Martin,

Any chance you still have your farm tour tickets available?

Thanks, I'd love to have a chance to attend the tour.

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Bonnie Martin

I have two tickets for Sale for the Farm Tour, Sunday 25 noon-1:00. Regretfully my husband and I cannot attend.

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Kristina

Just visited the Mercantile and met Timothy last month, wish we could return for the Harvest Fest! Any upcoming cookbook signings in Chicago or Milwaukee or even Madison??? Love you guys!

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traci sabia

hi brent and josh….

hubby, baby and i will be up at the harvest fest on saturday. we were unable to get tickets for the farm tour but maria has put us on a waiting list so i HOPE AND PRAY i get an email from her. either way we will be there to hopefully grab a cookbook, meet you both and the mercantile group, doug and garth, farmer john and enjoy, eat, and buy some yummy homegrown foods. love and adore u both

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Naomi

Hey Brent –

Under the Saturday, September 24th date, the very last thing you mention is:

7:00-11:00pm–The Harvest Hop at historic Clausen Ridge Farm featuring dancing and local musicians. Click here for tickets

Just letting you know that the "Clausen Ridge" link is futzed up – it looks like you might have pasted the day's schedule as the link instead of the correct URL.

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Debbie

Hi, Can't wait for next weekend! Sunday to be exact. It's been a long time since I've been back Upstate.

If I brought the other books I have of Josh's, would he sign them too or only the cookbook?

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Victoria

looking forward to the farm tour, we have tickets for sunday…

but was also wondering about the plant swap? is that still taking place? if so, when/where? i have plenty to share!

thanks.

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Beth Williams

Looks like the Beekman Farm tours are sold out. When will you be doing tours again? It's on my bucket list! Thank you! You guys are super….love the books and the show.

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David Singleton

Hi, Brent. I met you and Josh a couple of times in New Orleans. Two friends and I decided this weekend to come to Harvest Fest. We are excited to finally see Sharon Springs! I'm sorry to hear about the flooding in the area, as I know it affected many of your friends and neighbors. Look forward to seeing you both.

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Ann Reyher

Please can I have 2 more tickets for sunday 9/25 10:30/11:30.

I recently found out my son has Bladder Cancer and my heart is cracked in half.

I have a friend who lives in Sandy Creek NY so I will have a free place to stay but I really want to have my two girl friends come with me. They have been keeping me sane during this horrible time in my life.

Peace,

Annie

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Sally Margagnoni

Thank you for resending my receipt – I have no idea how I misplace that email – sorry for my typo in my last post – I am so excited to attend this year's fest!

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Sally Margagnoni

Thank you, I don't recall re diving an email but my credit card has the charge from the day I received the newsletter with the festival ticket info. May I contact someone to discuss this?

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Sally Margagnoni

I purchased tickets for the Saturday morning farm tour during the Harvest Festival but haven't received the tickets yet. Will these be mailed or emailed?

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John

Hi,

Is the Harvest Festival pet friendly? We have two small dogs and enjoy taking them to street festivals in their stroller so they don't get stepped on.

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pat

Hi, What is harvest Fest ? and how much was the cost? Another question is beer included in the price for the hop on Saturday eve? Will you be adding any more tickets for the farm tour I keep missing out. I live local and have a large farm also. Thanks, Pat

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Dr. Brent

Hi, Pat

The Harvest Festival is a free two-day event throughout the village. There will not be any additional tickets available for the farm tour this year. The next tour will be during Garden Party Festival in the Spring. Beer is available at the Hop from Ommegang Brewery but is not included as part of the ticket

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Theodore

I am so excited my partner Matt and I are flying from our home here in LA to NY for work and we realized it was the same weekend as The Harvest Festival! So we are coming up and can't wait to see, taste & buy! We both love the show and can't wait to get there!

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Becky and Rich

Although we won't make it for Harvest Festival we loved our visit to Sharon Springs and the Mercantile in June as part of our honeymoon! We met Maria and she was so nice and helpful and took our picture at the Mercantile! My friend Tam and I are going to the Country Living Fair in Ohio and hope to meet you both there!

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David and Mitch

We'll be there Friday for the Harvest Feast and book signing and the Farm tour on Saturday. We had such an amazing time at the Garden Party back in May we couldn't wait to come back to this beautiful village and great people. We certainly made lots of friends and many knew us by name before we left! See you next month. 🙂

D and M

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Ed and Heidi McNamar

I just saw an opening on Saturday's farm tour and took it, can't believe it!!! We have driven by the Beekman many times only wishing to get a chance to meet and greet everyone and now it's for real!!! It pays to check back on availabilty.

Thanx a bunch,

Ed and Heidi ;D

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Bonnie Kaido

H, I am a Sharon Springs native who taught at SSCS for 5 and 1/2 years (Welcome Back, Kotter!) and had Farmer John and his sisters in class! (Hi, John.)I've lived in Cooperstown since 1981 and rececently retired from Bassett Medical Center after 31 years.

My dad had a Packard dealership across from Dairyland for many years and was Village Mayor when he died at the age of 55 in 1974 and would have been thrilled with the focus you have brought to Sharon. He worked hard to get the print media interested in Sharon and the morning he died, I answered a call for him from the Times.

We were hoping to get on the tour of the farm (I remember it as the Beekman Mansion) and the feast but will try to do it next year.

I visit Sharon to see my cousins, Bernadetta and Herbie Vrooman and Mary Ann Larkin and recently had the opportunity to visit the store. We now have Polka Spot tees and some other neat and tasty items.

You've got quite a following in Cooperstown as does the American. I remember going to the Rockville Cafe before they renovated the American. My junior term paper at SSCS was on the American. I'm still looking for it to give to Garth and Doug. Much of my information came from elders in the village who were able to give me the historical perspective.

We're hoping there will be a new season of Beekman Boys and hope to meet you both. Enjoyed Josh's book on my Kindle. It had special meaning to me as a native.

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sharon brant

I grew up in Sharon Springs, hence the first name and the middle name is Lee for Leesville. I have only wonderful memories of my summers there and my family roots at Engleville pond. I am so thrilled that you have been able to help the village survive and flourish. I remember meeting you back in the "90s" when you had the cafe by the stop light in the old Lehman building. I plan to come back for a visit and some long walks, when it isn't so crowded. I wish you great happiness and success.

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Dennis in Austin, TX

Was just sitting down to start putting together my itinerary for Harvest Fest weekend (and the week after) and discovered the feasts and tours of the farm are already sold out. Bummer! Guess I'll have to wait till next year to visit the Northeast. Can hardly wait for my cheese to get ready. Really looking forward to getting the message to place my order.

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Zone 5 Expert Garden

I'm looking forward to seeing you guys in the fall! We have tickets for the farm tour and the walking architectural tour. Bummed that we missed out on the Harvest Feast – sold out. Now, I'm hoping that I can get tickets to the Harvest Hop. Sounds fun! 🙂

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Anne Cistoldi

I am so happy to have found you on Planet Green "On Demand" with

Comcast. I feel like I have new found friends at the Beekman.

What a wonderful show. I hope there will be more episodes

available soon. I would like to share Parelli Natural Horsemanship with you. I think the women that have created

the assisted living care facility might be very interested in

Pat Parelli's philosophy,,,as well as everyone that cares for

animals at your farm. Check out http://www.Parelli.com You could even

use it with Polka Spot!!!!

Lots of love,

Anne

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Dragana

I will miss out on the festival again this year as we maxed out on our vacay fund already but just the other day I got a piece of the farm mailed to me. Don't know where else to leave this message but I wanted to tell you that the cheese is fantastic. Honestly, with all the hype I didn't know what to expect. I was SO, so impressed with it. It is tangy just enough to bring out flavor of just about anything you pair it with and mild enough, I gave it to my 1 year old. And he loved it. Probably shouldn't push this as he just started with milk 🙂

Got the onion jam and spicy Cajeta, too. Have not tried the jam yet but Cajeta is fenomenal. Can't wait to try it with ice cream. Vanilla seems the obvious choice but I'll look for other ideas on your site. That is if I resist the temptation to go at it with a spoon, right out of the jar.

Great job guys, really great. Just figure out a way to make more of that cheese 🙂

Dragana

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JoAnn Davenport

Thank you Dr. Brent – since we are coming in to enjoy Sharon Springs = Black Cat Cafe it is!!!

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JoAnn Davenport

Coming in on Sunday and staying overnight – haven't booked rooms yet! I am looking for a nice place in Sharon Springs to have a birthday breakfast or lunch for one of our Harvest Fest Goers (and biggest fan) who will be celebrating his 40th. I called the American Hotel and they will be closed – do you have a suggestion? Thank you!!

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Dr. Brent

You can have a nice breakfast at the Black Cat Cafe. The Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown also has a wonderful brunch on their patio overlooking the lake

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susan tolbert

Village Vintage Linens will be there with Tim B. and Sue T. We also will be touring the farm on Sunday. Lots of work preparing but very excited to be a part of Harvest Festival 2011.Sue t.

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Merri

I agree about the Harvest Festival poster! It is beautiful and would look great framed! Well done to the artist that made it!

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Sanne

@ Leah – that is a great idea! I'd love that picture framed in my kitchen!!!

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Sanne

can't wait! will we be able to reserve a copy, or two of your sure to be fabulous cookbook? I'd hate to miss the opportunity to have signed cookbook.

also, another great place to visit is the Ommegang Brewery outside of of Cooperstown – free tours with tasting… have promised my hubby something from there, so will definitely be making a side drive to there as well. then hitting the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in Saugerties on the way home Sunday.

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Jules Tufts

I got my tickets to the Farm Tour and my hotel room is booked. Can't wait for Harvest Fest.

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Leah

You HAVE TO print and sell the harvest fest posters (the image with the watermelon, parsnip, radish, and veggies)!!! Please make them BIG…36 inches wide! Sell them for $20

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