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Woodstock’s Billings Farm & Museum Dives into Foliage Offering These Harvest Themed Activities

Sep 30, 2020 12:05PM ● By Virginia Dean
With the recent explosion of this year’s brilliant foliage season, a week early according to some experts, Woodstock’s Billings Farm & Museum is ready for you to visit.

Each weekend throughout October, visitors can enjoy harvest-themed activities, demonstrations, and crafts in addition to learning about drying herbs, preserving pumpkins, apples, and squashes. Traditional methods of cider pressing, hand threshing of grain, corn husking, and bean shelling can be garnered as well.

Families can Find the Hidden Pumpkins in the Farm Life Exhibits and take a “Sheep Trick or Treat” Story Walk. Family-friendly activities and crafts will include pumpkin bowling (use pumpkins as a bowling ball to knock down orange pins in the Farm’s hay bale alleyway), leaf rubbings (make individual fall artwork using leaves from the Farm and crayons), finger knitting (needle-free knitting! learn to knit using only  fingers), and wax paper pressed leaves.

Harvest demonstrations, activities, and crafts will vary each weekend, said Public Relations and Community Relations Coordinator Marge Wakefield. Daily schedules can be found at www.billingsfarm.org detailing which programs will be offered. Visitors, for example, can see historic methods for processing corn for storage after the harvest and even take home Billings Farm recipes for pumpkin bread, pumpkin hummus, and roasted pumpkin seeds. They can also learn how people preserved different kinds of foods to eat throughout the winter before refrigeration and watch interpreters shelling beans and harvesting potatoes from the garden.

Autumn is also the time for a special treat – cider and doughnuts! These will be available daily at the Dairy Bar along with Vermont-based Wilcox ice cream and Billings Farm cheese.

Due to the current Pandemic, the Billings Farm & Museum site is limited to a maximum capacity of 225 people at one time, per state of Vermont guidance, and masks must be work by all guests over the age of two everywhere on the site, including the outdoors.

For more information about visiting Billings Farm safely, updates on its site capacity, and to learn which spaces are open, visit www.billingsfarm.org/safety.

The Farm & Museum is open Thursdays-Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or online anytime at www.billingsfarm.org/billings-farm-at-home.

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