If the Battenkill Valley is the ideal harvest time location, Gardenworks is the ideal destination. No if’s, and’s or but’s about it! Gardenworks almost defies description. It’s a berry farm, a gourmet food emporium, a pumpkin patch, an art gallery, a bakery, a craft shop, a work shop…and if you haven’t been to Gardenworks yet, go now, because you’ll not only get in on a host of cool things from the harvest but you’ll also know the ropes come Christmas time (I guarantee you’ll want to return!).
Gardenworks will host its annual
Harvest celebration on Columbus Day Weekend, October 8-10.
Fresh from Gardenwork’s kitchen sample delicious
recipes highlighting fall produce, from squash soup to cheesecake. Learn about
the different fall squashes and how to prepare them. Take home free recipes
for great winter meals. All samples are free and available from 10:00-4:00
Visit the Barn Gallery for “What Came First, the Chicken or the
Egg,” an exhibit featuring artists Roy Egg and Leah McCloskey and their
whimsical images of chickens. Children are invited to paint pumpkins while all
are welcome to peruse the glorious fall produce on sale at Gardenworks. In October that means mounds of
pumpkins, squashes, apples, cider, organic vegetables and gourds. The
Gardenworks barn is also stocked with colorful fall decorations for your home
like chrysanthemums, dried flowers, Chinese lanterns and Indian corn.
Gardenworks’ raspberry fields will be open for picking. Take
advantage of the October Raspberry Rewards program. Beginning October 1, leave
half of your u-pick raspberries at Gardenworks and take home the other half for
free. The berry fields will be open for the pick and share program until the
temperature drops to 27 degrees Fahrenheit. Call Gardenworks for picking
conditions. You can also pick and keep all your raspberries for $2.50/pound.
Directions to Gardenworks: From the traffic light on Route 22 in Salem, follow the foliage heading west on Route
30 (also West Broadway). Gardenworks is five miles from the traffic light.