Monticello’s 7th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival

It’s difficult to believe that July has departed and August has arrived. Though it’s technically still summer, the recent cooler temperatures hint of fall and all the beautiful celebration that the season brings. One upcoming festival, the 7th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival, is Monticello’s last big summer hurrah before welcoming autumn, and it promises to be an enjoyable time, particularly for those interested in “vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation and sustainable agriculture” (Heritage Harvest Festival). Pre-Festival events begin on September 6, 2013 and include workshops and lectures, a new Mountaintop Tasting event, and a Grand Preview Dinner.  The actual festival takes place on September 7, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Here’s a little “taste” of what you can expect to enjoy with your General Admission ticket: Free Workshops: These workshops explore a wide variety of topics like “How to Gross $1.00 Per Square Foot on Your Small Farm” and “New Dimensions in Garden Art.” Speakers and instructors include scientists, farmers, authors, and expert consultants, so you can rest assured that these people know what they’re talking about! Tasting Tent: Everyone loves free food! Sample a huge variety of heirloom vegetables and fruits in the shade of the Tasting Tent. Master Gardeners’ Roots & Shoots Tent: This tent offers ongoing activities throughout the day with everything from cider tastings to bee hives to historic music. Seed Swap: “Meet legendary and everyday seed savers…Bring any seeds you have to share, whether you’ve saved them yourself or varieties left over from this year’s garden.” Again, this is only a small sample of what the Heritage Harvest Festival will include. Purchase your tickets now, book your room at the Iris Inn, and get ready for a fun, informative getaway.