Below is the nitty-gritty on this year’s event, but first: answers to the most frequently asked questions! (Please don’t call the office Saturday with questions – no one will be there; we’ll all be outside for the event!) 😉
✔ YES, both members and non-members (friends of the farm!) are welcome!
✔ NO, there is no cost to attend, however, new this year, we do request a nominal parking fee regardless of membership status – only $5 per carload (so DO carpool!). All parking fees collected go to support the LEF Discovery Program.
✔ NO, you don’t need to RSVP… just come! 😉
✔ PLEASE do not bring your dogs with you to the farm. Leave them at home.
When: this Saturday June 16th, 2pm until dark
Parking & Directions: Please follow the signs. Main parking will be via our Litchfield Entrance, however overflow parking will be at our Green Valley Entrance (near our “new barn” at the “lower farm”). You are welcome to park at either location, however be aware that the Celebration — with the exception of tractor rides — will all be at our “upper farm” off Litchfield, and there’s a bit of an uphill hike to get from “lower” to “upper”.
Schedule of Activities: Most activities commence by 3pm and are ongoing, however a few have specific start times.
Tractor Ride/Farm Tour with Farmer Tom – 3pm and 4:30pm. Rides will start at the “new barn” down on the “lower farm”.
Goat Milking – 3pm, at the goat barn.
Ice Cream Making – 4pm, meet by the fire circle.
Cheese-making – 4:30, in the breezeway of the “upper barn”
Pizza-making – 3:30 – 4:30, at the cob oven
- Hay bale fort for climbing and playing
- Face painting
- U-pick strawberries
- Chocolate-dipped strawberries, with chocolate ganache from The Buttery!
- Storytelling and music
- Self-guided walking tours (help yourself to a map from the big “Wild Farm Connections” signage near the goat barn and hike the property!)
- Farm Stand
- Raffle Tickets!
- Beer! – we may have beer courtesy of Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing and Boulder Creek Brewery… if we do, IDs will be checked if you look under 30.
- More!! (there’s always more)
Kuzanga Marimba! – 5pm, by the fire circle
Welcome Circle and Pot-Luck – 6pm, by the fire circle (see below for more info on pot-luck). This will also be when Farmer Tom picks raffle winners, so don’t be late!
Bonfire – after the pot-luck, close to dusk; music with Kuzanga continues…!
Fire Dance – at dark, by the fire circle. Linnea, a former farm apprentice, will be coming back for a reprise of her fire-dancing talents — not to be missed!
Pot Luck Details:
✔ Everyone please bring something to share – an entree, a salad, a dessert – whatever you like! We never organize it more than that and always seem to have a nice variety.
✔ How much to bring? As much as you can; we always seem to eat it all up! People are never seen going home with left-overs!
✔ Please bring your own picnic plates, cups, bowls, silverware etc. in order to minimize unrecyclable garbage. We will have a washing station, where you can rinse them when you are through eating.
✔ Please bring a serving utensil to go with your dish!
✔ Put your name on your dish and serving utensil with some masking tape or something, in case they get separated, and so we know who they belong to if they get inadvertently left behind.
✔ Please provide an ingredient list for your dish on a piece of paper or 3×5 card so folks with food allergies or special diets will know what they can and cannot eat. (We’ll have cards and pens if you forget to do this ahead of time.)
✔ Where to put your pot-luck items when you arrive? We will have several tables for placing your pot-luck items on out near the fire circle. If you have something that needs to be refrigerated, you can pop it into our walk-in cooler to the right of the breezeway in our “upper barn”. If it just needs to stay cool (not in the heat of your car), you can also put it on a table inside the breezeway/classroom area until pot-luck time. If you arrive closer to pot-luck time, simply bring it to the table area. We have extremely limited facilities for re-heating anything, so please don’t plan on that if you can help it.
✔ There will be water and lemonade, but feel free to bring additional beverages for your own consumption or to share.
✔ And bring a blanket to picnic on, or your own chairs if you prefer.