Last year, the boys and I went to the harvest festival at Ardenwood Farm, which is a sustainable working farm smack dab in the middle of Fremont. Those of you familiar with the San Francisco Bay Area know how astonishing it is that there could be a working 19th-century farm in the middle of Fremont, but there is!
We had an incredible time. The boys lost themselves harvesting corn in the corn field and, later, brought hand-picked popcorn to school for Show & Tell. It was such a memorable experience for Tizzy that he’s been talking about picking corn since the first signs of fall. There was no arm twisting this morning when we asked them if they wanted to go back to "the farm."
Once again, they had a wonderful time. They ate fresh-baked cookies and popcorn, helped hand-crank ice-cream, and ate that, too. They rode on the farm train, which was pulled by an engine for the festival, but is usually pulled by a horse! They danced to fiddlers, admired quilters, ran a hay maze, picked maize, and filled their buckets with enough popcorn to again share with their classmates.
For those of you who live close enough to make the trip, the festival is still on. You can visit the farm all year round, but if you go tomorrow, you can go home with as much popcorn as your arms can carry!