While we hope for good weather, we’ll party regardless of the weather. This year’s festival will feature a GFF turkey (prepared by Tammy), good food, family-friendly fun and live festive music provided by The Buskers.
Food at this festival features some of the best food around by the best chefs around – all of us. I’ll roast one of our farm’s pasture-raised turkeys for sandwiches and provide veggies to top the sandwiches, as well as provide iced-tea, lemonade and water. We encourage you to bring either a salad, snack or dessert. [note – at past festivals we have also offered a grill, but sadly, our grill is aging and not available for the heavy use associated with a large gathering]. If you wish to bring other beverages, we would prefer that they be non-alcoholic. If the weather is nice (low wind), we’ll also provide s’more makings (if you have a favorite marshmallow-roasting stick to share with others, bring it along!). To help those with food sensitivities or the curious, please bring a recipe card with an ingredient list and your name to tape to your dish.
One of our goals for our events is to have "minimal waste" events. We will have table service (plates, silverware, napkins and serving utensils) and encourage attendees to bring their own beverage cups (we’ll have extras just case). We also encourage you to bring lawn chairs or blankets as we have a limited supply.
1:00-4:00 Tom Sawyer Work Time
For those who have interest, we could use some volunteers in the early afternoon to help with set up and preparation. If you are willing to help, please indicate that this is the case in your RSVP. If we get enough volunteers, we could have a few people doing other work on the farm. For example, a few people might help us collect some over ripe cucumbers to feed the birds later on.
4:00-5:00 Huck Finn Play Time
It is possible that there may be a little bit of prepping still going on, but we'll certainly start making the transition to just enjoying the day at this point. We intend to do our photo scavenger hunt again this year. We will have sidewalk chalk available for the artistic sorts. You need not attend early to participate in these activities. We don't anticipate shutting them down unless the weather or other circumstance forces the issue.
For those that have a lawn game that they might like to play (and share with other interested persons), let us know you will bring it and we'll make sure an area is open for the game you have chosen to share.
4:30 Farm Tour #1
Rob and Tammy will provide guided tours of the farm at two points during the gathering for those who would like them. We'll give you the nickel tour and you can feel free to ask questions as we show you our fields and the critters on the farm.
4:45 Feed the Birds
It won't cost tuppance, but I bet the turkeys might like a few cucumbers or other things to eat. Interested persons can help us get some food to our always interested poultry.
In case some heirloom tomatoes are not enough, so the potluck and turkey feed begins at 5pm.
5:00-6:00+ Live Music
We have arranged for the Buskers to play at our festival this year. Rick Truax and Scott Hammerlinck have an acoustic set that will run for an hour and then break for some food. If we all give them the positive feedback they deserve, they just might play for a bit more after they've had a chance to eat something. If you attended some of the early Waverly Farmers' Markets on Saturdays this season, you will have had a chance to hear them and have an idea of what they play. If you haven't had a chance to hear them, then you should come to the festival and enjoy.
5:00 - 6:00 Heirloom Tomato Tasting
We will put out a spread of different tomatoes for everyone to taste. You all get to vote for your favorite. The winning tomato gets a 'free' blog post and a bump in production for next year!
6:00 Farm Tour #2
If you are not famished and want the nickel tour, here is a second chance for you.
6:00 Farm more Huck Finn Play Time
Hey - if we have all these neat games and art making opportunities and music around - why would we stop? If you can still move after eating - go for it!
7:00 Bonfire and s'Mores?
It is GFF tradition to have a bonfire and some s'Mores after the potluck winds down. The tradition only holds if the weather allows. If it is too windy, we may opt to not start a fire.
8:00 Time to Wind it Down
As it starts to get dark on the farm, the farmers start to turn into pumpkins. Well, not literally. But, they do still need to do some chores after everyone leaves. If you are willing to help with a little clean up, please let us know. We might appreciate three to four pairs of hands to help in that department.
In an effort to reduce waste at GFF events, you will notice that we will have containers with different labels. All food waste will go into the COMPOST bucket. We do realize that some meat might go into these buckets, but the relatively low volume as compared to our compost piles will not make much difference in this case. We will have a BURNABLES container for napkins and paper produces. Another container will take the dishes and silverware we provide (if you bring your own, you'll have to take it with you, of course). A RECYCLING container will be available for standard recyclable items. And, a TRASH container will be for whatever is left (it should not be much).
Arrange to pick up or order poultry while you are there!
Our second batch of broilers will be processed very soon. We still have some broiler chickens and ducks from prior processing events. Save a dollar per bird if you order birds and pick them up prior to leaving the farm at the end of the Festival. We will also have a sign up sheet available to reserve turkeys.