About 1600 people took the Cheese Tour through Washington County last year, and a number of them stopped off at Salem Art Works for lunch, where the first annual HarvestFest provided them with a potpourri of local food, arts, crafts and music.
It was popular then and it’s going to be even bigger this year. Last year, the Chamber had a silent auction which raised $1,000 to set-up the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce’s Crisis Fund, which helps families in the community experiencing a medical crisis. This year, auction items include a hand-carved stoneware bud vase by Battenkill River Pottery, a gift basket from Javafit, a one month membership to Fitness Connection, and gift certificates from Salem Tavern, Gardenworks and McCartee’s Barn, among other delights.
So if you’re going to take the day and tour through the Battenkill Valley for the cheese tour on September 12, be sure to stop in at SAW (just head west at the traffic light in Salem for about a half mile). HarvestFest celebrates the end of the growing season, which tends to be a big celebration because growing things is what we do here. The day-long HarvestFest Marketplace will feature up to 60 vendors including local food, produce, arts, crafts and yes, a mechanical bull…most recently fallen off of at the Washington County Fair.
It would take a fair bit of imagining to come up with a better way to spend your Saturday than this!