The annual Open Farm and Plant Sale Days at PFP return Saturday, May 6th and 13th from 9am – 2pm! Everyone is welcome, bring friends and family! Hopefully many of you are reading this because you’ve had so much fun in the past that you want to see what we’re doing this year! We’ll have a lot of the popular activities from the last year or so:
- Kids activities: a Veggie-shaped piñata, arts and crafts, and make your own smoothie station.
- Little Brays of Sunshine: Miniature donkeys from Little Brays of Sunshine who serve as therapy donkeys and donkey ambassadors will be visiting PFP for Open Farm. These sweet calm donkeys are looking forward to meeting you.
- Grind polenta: with Patrick and Nicholas on PFP’s bicycle powered grist mill.
- Make your own silkscreen created by local artists: BYO clothing or cloth accessory, or we’ll provide t-shirts and aprons for a small extra cost.
- Guest CSAs: North River Roasters and Back Paddock Farm.
- Celebrity Farm Tours: including the Meditation and Discovery Gardens (one every hour beginning at 10am with one of PFP’s staff).
- Live Music: with our very own farm crew member, Lauren McDonald, and guests.
- CSA sign up: for new members, and working CSA shareholder can sign up for workshare hours (get the good spots!).
And of course, our plant sale will have a bounty (over 200 varieties!) of beautiful PFP-grown flower, vegetable, and herb plants to plant at home or give to important people in your life.
New this year:
- New PFP Member Booth: Get “insider tips” for a more thorough orientation explaining the myriad benefits of what you’ve actually just signed up for!
- Tours of the Vassar Community Gardens: Not a lot people realize there are over 70 Poughkeepsie community members who have their own garden plots immediately adjacent to PFP. Each of the plots has their own unique design and purpose for the steward who has chosen to utilize this invaluable space. Some are novice gardeners, some are actual certified Master Gardeners, and several gardeners hail from a long history of family agriculture. Some of the plots are strictly used for maximum and most efficient produce consumption, some are artistically designed with long-time family heirloom flowers and vegetables, and some are experimental “works in progress” as that member explores and learns the ins and outs of gardening. This is truly a community of neighbors convening and expressing themselves using nature in some form or another.
- Multi-purpose art: for your garden, yard, deck, windowsill or other interior places: Nine local artists will be selling handmade bird feeders, bird baths, wind chimes, vases, pots, berry bowls, baskets & other containers. You’ll recognize these artists as PFP members and some of the most dedicated volunteers who make the amazingly beautiful and collectible bowls for Soup A Bowl (our annual fall fundraiser).