September – November 2013
Mountain Harvest Festival is a non-profit “public charity” (gifts to us are tax deductible) whose major annual fund raiser and (“fun raiser”) is a four-day festival held in Paonia, CO on the last full weekend in September. It is a community-oriented event, which seeks to benefit the local economy by providing entertainment by local musicians, writers of poetry and prose, dancers, comedians, and various other dramatists; organizing a sales outlet for local growers, artists and crafts-persons; conducting agriculture-based workshops; and supporting charitable causes.
While the festival has many aspects, music does play a large part, both as a featured event (the Friday night Pub Crawl and the Saturday Night concerts) and as an adjunct to other events. The musicians, many of whom are seasoned professionals who regularly command large fees, come together on this weekend in the spirit of giving back to the community. Everyone participates in an egalitarian spirit where there are no “headliners” or “stars” and all artists are encouraged to shine. At Paonia’s community-oriented event, all agree to participate at a similar pay rate in order to keep the ticket prices affordable so that everyone can enjoy the party.
Paonia’s festival is a celebration of local harvests – agricultural producers, artists, writers, and crafts-persons. While music is a constant accompaniment, festival goers are encouraged to visit farms and wineries, shop at the big Farmers Market, purchase local wine and beer at the beverage tent, enjoy the Rotary Club’s brunch made from local produce, visit local arts venues, listen to recitations of our local poetry and prose, and make purchases at the arts and crafts booths. There are also numerous agriculture and music related workshops to engage the interest of visitors.
Finally, and very importantly, the festival provides a fine venue or platform for other local non-profit organizations to raise funds for their charitable works. More of them take advantage of the opportunity each year.
Thus, the festival is different from other festivals in Colorado. It is much more than a music festival. Instead, we showcase local (“western slope”) performers in all areas of performance art who are enthusiastic about giving something to our community. We ensure that food, arts and crafts are almost strictly local. Our uniqueness draws many local and out of town visitors, all of whom thoroughly enjoy themselves. Those things taken together make up our local harvest – the spirit of the festival.
Montrose Farmer’s Market and Valley Food Partnership will present a farm to table breakfast near the Farmer’s Market Plaza at South 1st and Uncompahgre. The Fresh Harvest breakfast will be prepared by Chef Janice Wheeler of Pine Cone Catering from all locally grown organic foods.
“There will be a pastry station, an omelet bar, organic juice, and cider pressing,” says Abbie Brewer of the Montrose Farmer’s Market. “This is a chance for the community to come together around the breakfast table and support local producers, while enjoying a unique and delicious meal!”
This event is one part of Montrose Fresh Fest: the PAX Celebration of Art and Culture, the Farmer’s Market Farm Fresh Breakfast, the Black Canyon Sprint Triathlon, and the Montrose Oktoberfest.
Discounted tickets, weekend packages and lodging information are available online at www.montrosefreshfest.com
The full press release for this event can be read here.
The Lavender Association of Western Colorado, through a specialty crop grant from the Colorado Department of Agriculture and generous support by CSU Extension, is hosting an educational seminar.
Essentials of Distilling: Oils, Hydrosols and Value Added Products
Saturday and Sunday 8-5 October 26 and 27, 2013
Mesa County Fairgrounds, Community Building Grand Junction, Colorado
Featured speakers include:
Ann Harmon – Distiller, Certified Organic farmer, Hydrosol Researcher/Educator Morning Myst Botanicals, Northport, Washington
Cindy Jones, PhD – Sagescript Institute, llc and Longmont, Colorado Bob Lane – Lavender farmer and distiller Dayspring Farm, Olathe Colorado
Janet Scavarda, DC – Certified Aromatherapist Grand Junction, Colorado
Curtis Swift, PhD – Lavender farmer and researcher Swift Horticultural Enterprises LLC, Grand Junction Colorado
This conference will feature:
- workshops on creating products with essential oils and hydrosols
- live distillations using several types and sizes of distillers
- learn how to distill for commercial as well as medicinal products
- learn how to distill for hydrosols as the product, not the by-product of essential oil distillation
- hear the latest updates on our specialty crop grant progress
Online Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum. Taking place Saturday, January 11th, 2014 from 8:30am-4pm at the Montrose Pavilion, register before Dec. 13th and pay only $45. Includes lunch made from locally sourced ingredients. For more information, please visit:
Savor the American Provence by spending a weekend experiencing the hidden treasures of the North Fork Valley at the Blue Sage’s “Grand Vin Wine Tasting and Auction.” 8 different wineries and 1 distillery will congregate in the Blue Sage’s historic Curtis Hall to present you with 22 different finely crafted wines and hard ciders to taste. After the tasting, participate in a live auction where you can purchase the wines you tasted, and a few bottles from the wineries’ libraries. What a perfect opportunity to stock up on wine for the holidays! After the event, make a reservation at a local restaurant to round out the afternoon with local cuisine.