Small Farm & Food Fest

Small Farm & Food Fest returns Saturday, August 3, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Five Rivers MetroParks will host Small Farm & Food Fest at Carriage Hill MetroPark, 7800 E. Shull Rd. This free, all-ages event promotes healthy eating and sustainable living with dozens of hands-on activities, a pop-up farmers market, demonstrations, speakers and more.

Small Farm & Food Fest will offer a mix of modern-day and historical farming, gardening, homesteading and food preparation information.

“Visitors can look forward to an entire day of fun activities and leave with a new understanding of local foods and the importance of local farmers,” said Rick Musselman, MetroParks Historical Farm supervisor. “People will also learn skills from the past that can help them today.”

Bites from a variety of food trucks and farm market vendors will be available during the event. Festivalgoers also will enjoy live music from noon to 4 PM at the Visitor’s Center.

“As a conservation agency, Five Rivers MetroParks implements sustainable practices into every facet of its day-to-day operations in the parks, facilities and programs,” said Musselman. “We want to empower people to adopt healthier lifestyles and help make the connection that sustainable practices are accessible, fun and important to our local environment.”

Activities

Historical demonstrations and workshops

Learn about sustainable home practices, such as heirloom gardening, canning, milling, and wool spinning.

Historic Daniel Arnold Barn Ongoing Demonstration Stations:

  • Planning for Fall Crops: seed giveaway
  • Identifying, Caring and Using Garden Tools
  • How to make a Container Garden
  • Healthy Summer Drinks: Switzel, Shrub and Others

Carriage Hill Farm Country Fair Living History Stations:

  • Floral and Heirloom Gardening Display
  • Exotic Fruit Stand
  • Canned Good Display
  • Textiles Display
  • Historic Breeds of Livestock
  • Draft Horse Demonstrations
  • Children’s Games
  • Rope Making Demonstration
  • Steam Engine Demonstration with complimentary steamed corn

Pop-up farmers market

Featuring local growers, artisans and more, the farmers market will feature more than 15 vendors.

Learn local

Discover the importance of local produce and where to find the fresh picks from local growers at the 2nd Street Market, organized by Five Rivers MetroParks.

Speakers

Seven local professionals will offer talks starting at 10 AM, with the last talk starting at 4 PM. Speakers will explore such topics as cooking and growing heirloom tomatoes, the benefits of farm fresh eggs, coffee 101, growing flowers for spring, making your own kombucha, and many more.

2024 Schedule TBD

2023 Carriage Hill Visitor Center Classroom Talks Schedule

  • 10:00 to 10:30 AM: Small Space Gardening, Leeoria Willis Burritt, Extension Educator, Ohio State University
  • 11:00 to 11:30 AM: Our Food: Where did it come from? Betty Hoevel, Five Rivers MetroParks
  • 12:00 to 12:30 PM: Brewing 101: The Basics of Home Brewing, Jon Naghski, Head Brewer, Fifth St. Brewpub
  • 1:00 to 1:30 PM: Benefits of Native Plants in the Garden, Charlie Greene, Tadmor Greenes
  • 2:00 to 2:30 PM: Basics of Beekeeping, Mike Osborne, Five Rivers MetroParks
  • 3:00 to 3:30 PM: Heirloom Grains: Baking with Red Fife Wheat, Deb Spencer, Five Rivers MetroParks
  • 4:00 to 4:30 PM: Cooking with and Caring for Cast Iron, Hannah Wiest, Five Rivers MetroParks

Live animals

View draft horse demonstrations, then visit the farm animals at the Historical Farm.

Family fun

Families can enjoy tractor-pulled wagon rides. Children also will be able to experience kid-focused activities such as heirloom gardening, butter making, sewing, weaving and spinning.

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