In 2021, the festival’s 23rd year, we are all finding safe ways to get back to the things we know and love. We remain committed to supporting our exhibitors, promoting skills for resilience, providing donations to local organizations, and uniting the community in a variety of ways as this time has been especially important to uphold the values and actions that keep our communities strong.
We are now excited to sponsor a SMALL Pop-Up Marketplace we believe will bring together our festival community in ways that are safe and joyful. The pop-up marketplace on September 18th will feature about fifteen local artists familiar to festival goers.
Admission and parking are free. There will be a food vendor with light lunch fare, Nalini’s Kitchen from Quabbin Harvest, and Samara Sparkling Beverages (formerly Maple Mama) will sell their refreshing drinks. Attendees are also welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the beauty of the rolling farm, and should bring their own chair and water. An open mic on the family stage will add casual song and story to the lovely setting.
The event will also feature fairy houses to enjoy as you take a stroll, made by children at local libraries during Garlic and Arts sponsored summer workshops with artist Nina Wellen.
Just down the road on this same day, Seeds of Solidarity Farm will hold its second of five consecutive Garlic Saturdays where folks can purchase planting and culinary garlic and enjoy some growing tips and a farm tour. A map of other local attractions will be available at the Pop-up Marketplace, Seeds of Solidarity, and on-line, enticing residents and visitors to enjoy some snacks from a nearby farm stand or country market; take a family hike; or relax with a glass of sweet or hard cider and the stunning view at New Salem Orchards.
If you would like to get to know the North Quabbin area, check out the useful guides created by Mount Grace Land Trust for finding local sources of food and produce as well as lands open for outdoor activities: