Merck Forest holds fall harvest festival

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RUPERT — The Merck Forest & Farmland Center's Annual Harvest Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

The event features harvest season oriented hands-on activities, live demonstrations and on-property explorations as the 62-acre farmstead will come alive.

A local producer's market will take place in the Frank Hatch Sap House, where area vendors will offer seasonal produce, value-added products from area farms and businesses and locally produced crafts.

Watch a crosscut saw demonstration, see a ferrier at work, learn how wool is processed, witness how to safely use a chainsaw and watch structural peg assembly in action. Enjoy exploring our farm and forest through a variety of scavenger hunts, tap your curiosity at our multi-sensory touch table, learn about life cycles at our seed exploratorium and help make cider with Merck Forest's own apples.

Tractor drawn wagon rides will deliver passengers to the Page Pond to investigate aquatic life. Fill out your visit to Harvest Festival by touching a tractor, working in our children's garden and getting your face painted with pumpkins, cats and bats.

Seasonal produce and value-added food products will be available.

Breakfast and mid-morning snacks will be available at Merck's Maple Cinnamon Bun and Toast Bar where maple glazed cinnamon buns and Rupert Rising breads will be available, toasted, with local jams, jellies, honeys, cheeses and herbed butters as enhancements.

Merck Forest & Farmland Center, located at 3270 Route 315 in Rupert, is on a mission to inspire curiosity, love and responsibility for working and natural lands. Merck Forest's 3,200 acres is open to the public, with a 30-mile trail network and 2,600 acres of managed woods with rustic backcountry cabins available for rent.

For more information, visit www.merckforest.org or call 802-394-7836.

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