Farmers celebrate Harvest Festival in Harpenden
PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 September 2018
Farmers celebrated an impressive vegetable crop at an annual Harvest Festival gathering in Harpenden.
FoodSmiles St Albans, a community group which encourages people to grow and eat more sustainable local food, invited members, friends and the mayors of Harpenden and St Albans to a harvest celebration at Hammonds End Farm on Saturday, September 8.
Visitors took part in a treasure hunt and a barbecue, and beer was provided by Wheathampstead-based brewery Farr Brew. Folk trio Said the Maiden, who won Folking Awards ‘rising star’ prize in 2017, performed at the festival.
FoodSmiles chair Janet Bruce said: “With the lack of rain it’s been a tough year but, thanks to the members putting in extra hours to maintain a vigorous watering schedule, we’ve lost hardly any crops.
“The weekly vegetable boxes enjoyed by our 30 or so members are really impressive at the moment. Today’s been an opportunity to leave the digging, planting and weeding behind and enjoy ourselves.”
Mayor of Harpenden David Heritage said: “I feel really inspired and would like to join myself.” FoodSmiles is a contributor to the St Albans Food and Drink Festival, and as part of this will be holding an open day between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday, September 29 at the farm. Members of the public can take part in a tour of the farm and there will be free tea and cake.
The group will also be explaining how FoodSmiles works and how to make food growing accessible to all at The Cock pub in St Albans at 4pm on Sunday, September 30.
FoodSmiles will hold a Sunday café at St Matthew’s Care Home in Chequer Lane, Redbourn on Sunday, October 7, between 3pm and 5pm. All ages are welcome to drop in and there will be live piano music and a performance from the Rennie Grove Choir.
Another café event will be held at the same time and place on Sunday, November 11, and Howard Roberts from Hammonds End Farm will give a talk on ‘Back to the future with organic farming’.