This Weekend: The Hoes Down Harvest Festival


One of the best days our family has spent together in recent memory was at the Hoes Down Harvest Festival, held each year at Full Belly Farm in beautiful Yolo County. A lively (and well-attended) celebration of rural living, the Hoes Down offers activities for every member of the family. Kids get to hug goats, clamber on a hay tower, paint flower pots and get dunked in the dunk tank; parents can visit the “herb yurt” for educational seminars (learn to heal your teeth and gums holistically!), peruse the on-site farmers’ market and listen to the rollicking tunes of Big B and his Snakeoil Saviors. There’s even fresh ice cream and draft horse wagon rides to enjoy.

Hoes Down festivities continue for a second day with a series of workshops offered throughout the Capay Valley region, designed to “deepen [participants’] understanding and connection to both the food system and this agriculturally productive area.” Farm and food aficionados will revel in the subjects – Riverdog Farm in Guinda, for example, will offer a workshop called “Meet Your Meat” (attendees learn about the “different cuts and parts of a hog”); Full Belly Farm will present a workshop on small scale olive oil production.

The Hoes Down Harvest Festival
Saturday and Sunday, October 3rd and 4th, 2009
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