Moraine Farm welcomes the public to its 4th Annual and much expanded Fall Festival at 719 Cabot Street, Beverly, on Saturday, September 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The family-friendly festival has grown this year offering horse-drawn hayrides through the historic property, puppet shows, cooperative games and crafts, backyard chickens, miniature horses and dwarf Nigerian goats, walking tours, a farmstand and bake sale, touch-the-tractors area and much more sponsored by the six non-profit organizations that own and manage the 170-acre farm. Listen to the bluegrass music of EC & the Moonshiners while strolling the Meadow Marketplace, where specialty food, produce and craft vendors offer their wares, or reserve a spot on Project Adventure’s Static Course tour. The event is also part of the extensive Trails & Sails event line-up, presented by Essex Heritage.
Moraine Farm is permanently protected conservation land along the shores of Wenham Lake that includes meadows, woodlands and formal gardens as well as farmland. Frederick Law Olmsted designed the landscape in the 1880s and its woodlands are studded with mature rhododendron stands and azaleas.
Moraine Farm is home to Project Adventure, the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, and The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR). Essex County Greenbelt, the Friends of the Olmsted Landscape and the Batchelder Trust. These organizations act in partnership as stewards of the protected land. Each partner is offering free activities for the whole family.
Schedule of Events
Red Barn continuous slide shows
The Trustee’s Community Farm, 2011-2014
Historic Moraine Farm
Meadow Marketplace Opens – all day
Moraine CSA Farmstand and Bake Sale, Touch-the-Tractors (farm equipment display), Mr. Piper’s Face Painting, Tomten Beesworks, Moon’s River Farm local organic garlic and pottery, Agway, Ashley’s Chickens and miniature horses, Matthew’s dwarf Nigerian goats, Clothing by Mr. Nutter, Wallpusher handmade guitars, Valley View Farm.
Cooperative games begin in the Meadow – all day
Static Course Tour – Project Adventure, Advance registration required
Event repeats 11:15, 12:15, 1:15, 2:15
Edible Weed Walk in the fields of TTOR’s CSA Farm with Dr. Nicole Andrade
Horse Drawn Hayride with Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust
Event repeats 12:00, 1:00
Nature Walk and Journaling – Waldorf School
Event repeats 1:00
Bluegrass music begins in the Meadow Marketplace
Walking Tour of Moraine Farm with the Friends of the Olmsted Landscape (45 mins)
Lunch for sale at Waldorf School
Purchase farm fresh soup, bread and dessert until 1:30
A Fairy Went a Marketing Puppet Show – Waldorf School
Event repeats 1:45
Corn Husk Doll making with TTOR– until 3:00pm