This year our fall festival is focused on the Three Sisters; corn, squash and beans. This is a method of sustainable agriculture made famous by certain native american groups in our region. The corn stalk provides a growing region for the beans while the beans provide the soil with much needed nitrogen. The squash that florishes around the feet of the corn stalk provides growing mulch that keeps the soil cool from the sun while the prickly vine keeps away insects that would eat the produce. All three of these plants when planted together use each others' natural resources to create the best product.
Speaking of using our natural resources, this year will be our first year in using a zero waste method at our festival. This method was made popular by a group out of Athens County called Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative. The dinnerware products we will use for our Three Sisters stew and desserts are made from recycled material and is also 100% compostable that will be composted directly on our farm! We will provide methods for our guests to recycle glass and aluminum cans as well as a volunteer to educate guests on the proper method of disposal. Although we won't be completely zero waste this year we will be moving in the right direction.So now that you can sleep easy knowing that our festival will have a small carbon footprint on our planet we move onto the fun part!
We expect this to be our biggest and most entertaining festival yet. Live local music will be provided by Clinton County Live with various bands such as Teri Singswithraven Rivera, The Steven Gregory Band, Old Man Stuckert Family and Sam Milller & Friends. Our favorite face painters will be in attendance the Mama Yagas and Family Fun Center will also be in attendance for you and your family to play laser tag and bounce in the bounce houses for the duration. To top off the entertainment we will have Brett Sears the Magician at the festival from 12pm-2pm on Saturday. There is going to be delicious food provided by Velvet Smoke Barbecue and Fireside Pizza as well as Branstrator's own Three Sisters Vegetarian Stew. You can enjoy a hayride through beautiful farmland down to our real 20+acres of pumpkin patch and pick your pumpkin right off the vine. Our other vendors include Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm, Sacred Mountain Alpaca Farm, Under the Beautiful Sun, Labeled 1 Design and more!
This year we are trying out something new for our festivals: contests. This year we are hosting a recipe contest and a pumpkin carving contest. What is a fall festival without a little pumpkin carving competition? There will be three winners in both contests and each person will win $50 worth of coupons to be used throughout the growing season and at farmer's markets! That's $300 of free food!! Click on the links above in green to see the rules and regulations.
Bounce houses, laser tag, face painting, contests, hay rides, delicious foods and awesome vendors; to miss this will be to miss the event of the year! Mark your calendars now and visit our Festivals page here for all the information you need! If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a vendor fill out the appropriate form or email us at Branstratorfarm.firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions. Can't wait to see you there!!!