HFM Events, Community Tent and Music for the 2017 Season
August 5th: Longboarding Weekend, Cultivate Counseling Center, Fiddlin’ Bill & Say Cheese Food Truck!!
For three days in August, quiet and quaint Harvard Mass becomes an adrenaline-infused micro-city for alternative sports fans. This is the 8th year of The Longboard Festival, held in Harvard from Aug. 4-6. The festival attracts nearly 500 professional and amateur international athletes, and it’s rewriting New England tradition in a most unlikely place.“ There’s definitely a counterculture aspect to it,” says Harvard native Mike Girard, the festival’s 27-year-old founder and skating “Dad.” Come watch the fun and be sure to stop by the first Harvard Farmers Market on August 5th from 10am-1pm!
We’re excited to bring Say Cheese Food Truck into our fold this Saturday. Teri of Say Cheese makes the absolute best, most decadent grilled cheeses imaginable. The truck is family owned and operated, and serves their gourmet grilled cheeses with the freshest possible ingredients. We can’t wait!
Bolton’s Cultivate Counseling Center will be joining us as our first local non-profit in the HFM Community Tent this Saturday, so be sure to stop by to learn about their awesome, healing mission and say hello!
We’ll have Fiddlin’ Bill playing Irish songs to set the mood – welcome to our 2017 Market Season!!
August 12th: Chicken Day, Harvard Conservation Trust, and Aiden O’Brien
Have you ever wanted to raise chickens but wondered how to protect them, winter them over, house them, or which breeds lay best? Well, shake a tail feather and come on over to the HFM 8/12 and talk to chicken experts and aficionados and get answers to those pressing chicken questions.
We welcome Aiden O’Brien who will take the stage to provide an array of music to keep the market hoppin! Harvard Conservation Trust will be there to promote its work preserving the character, resources and nature of historic Harvard Mass – don’t miss it!
August 19th: The Healing Garden, and Lenny Solomon
Enjoy the musical stylings of Lenny Solomon and learn about the amazing Virginia Thurston Healing Garden. Located in a beautiful haven in Harvard, the Healing Garden is a wonderful non-profit supporting cancer patients, cancer survivors and their advocates. Come learn and support their cause!
August 26th: Old Frog Pond, NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, and Mark Femino
Old Frog Pond will join the HFM in our Community Tent, so come learn all about this local gem, organic apple orchard, studio and space for community art and poetry!
NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services, also known as Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans), will be joining us today. Based in Princeton, Massachusetts. NEADS service dogs become an extension of their handlers and bring freedom, physical autonomy and relief from social isolation to their human partners who are deaf or have a disability.
A Market supporter for many years, Mark Femino will be joining us again with his soulful sounds and modern ukulele rock, don’t miss it!
September 2nd: Health Coach Kim Manning and Junko Ogawa
We’re lucky to have Junko Ogawa, a classically trained musician with a wide range of musical styles. Pulling from her Japanese heritage and her American musical education, her skills touch on blues, folk, pop, rock, ballads and fusions.
We’ll also have our very own Kim Manning, a Certified Health and Wellness Coach specializing in coaching teens, and the adults in their lives, who want to make positive behavioral changes and/or reach personal goals by helping them feel heard, supported and respected so they can overcome obstacles, build resiliency, increase confidence, and find success. Kim also uses her health education background to provide various wellness related workshops for people of all ages. Come say “hi” and find out more about coaching and how Kim can help you feel more energized about leading a healthier life.
September 9th: Garden Day, JUMP & Millis Berfield Band
Come spend the morning at the HFM on Garden Day! Learn about the HFM’s Seed Library and stay for the interactive ‘garden on the go.’ It’s a great chance to connect with other growers about what’s going on with your garden!
Our nonprofit will be JUMP (Just Understand My Potential) is an educational nonprofit that teaches ‘cooperative sports’ to kids, and an understanding of hiking and backpacking.
We’ll enjoy music from the Millis Berfield Band (Ken Porter)
September 16th: Bike Not Bombs, HAA & Suppertime
Today you’re encouraged to donate your used bikes to Bikes not Bombs – a Boston organization that collects bicycles all over New England. Your generously donated bikes will be refurbished and either shipped internationally to ongoing economic development projects, or used in Bikes Not Bombs Youth Programs where teens learn bicycle safety and mechanics, as well as earn bikes for themselves.
The Harvard Athletic Association promotes athletic programs and activities for youth and adults in Harvard, and will be at the community tent – stop by to learn about great HAA programs, volunteering, and more.
The talented Suppertime band will play folk, rock and country music to keep us entertained. Stop by and say hi!
September 23rd: Celebrate Our Youths, Art Within, and Wendy Darling and the Lost Boy
We celebrate chickens, dogs, seniors, and gardens – let’s give a shout out to the kids in our community! This is a day to celebrate children young and old. We’ll have art, yoga for kids, and an open mic for those brave, artistic souls who are ready to share their passions with a supportive community.
And who better to celebrate this day with than our very own Board member extraordinaire, Roxana?! Roxana’s new nonprofit Art Within provides a unique, meaningful and emotionally charged art program for students of all ages.
Wendy Darling and the Lost Boy will return to the HFM with their folk and rock songs.
September 30th: Celebrate Seniors Day & Side Effects
In conjunction with the Harvard Council on Aging (COA), Senior day celebrates the most mature of our HFM visitors, providing them with local apple cider donuts, apple cider and music provided by the Director of the COA herself, Debbie Thompson of Side Effects. Transportation is provided by the COA if needed. This is a time to shop locally, see old friends and be celebrated by your community!
October 14th: Great Dog Rescue New England, Assabet Village Co-op Market and Sunken Rails
Since the inception of our market we’ve hosted Great Dog Rescue New England … and it’s become our most anticipated event of the year! GDRNE will be at the market today with dogs and puppies looking for their forever homes. Please come by to meet some wonderful dogs, and to learn more about adoption.GDRNE is an all-breed, volunteer-based rescue located here in MA. For more info, see www.GDRNE.com or email Lisa Frackiewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunken Rails will provide bluegrass, folk, rock and country music while the dogs get rescued! And we welcome Assabet Village Co-op Market expand their mission of creating a community-owned grocery store in the Metrowest, which supports our farmers, our regional economy and the health of our bodies!