The focus is on local local local which is one of the things that makes it so great. There were many vendors all up and down Main Street selling every kind of ware.
There were also many agencies there with displays including SUNY Cobelskill and their agriculture program:
(that adorable cow is only 5 days old!)
And a local animal rescue agency:
There were also lots of other events throughout the day including a Harvest Feast, a Pig Roast, and a dance!
The Fabulous Beekman Boys are a big part of organizing this event. They own the 1802 Mercantile which has loads of wonderful Victorian inspired goods (and goodies!). If you don't know, Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell are the Fabulous Beekman Boys and I just love them and everything they are doing. I could go on and on about them and their show, but I'll try to keep it brief.
They had a reality show on Planet Green - and I hear that they are in negotiations to have the third season on another network! Great fun, watching two Manhattanites make their way in the country. They have a whole lotta goats and make wonderful products with the goats' milk. In additon they have a large heirloom vegetable garden. In fact they had a book signing for their new cookbook: The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook: Heirloom fruits and vegetables, and more than 100 heritage recipes to inspire every generation We couldn't stay until the book signing but I came home and pre-ordered one immediately! (click back there if you would like to see/order one -- it comes out tomorrow) Don't worry, I'll be taking a picture of the postman delivering my copy and posting it here. That's how excited I am to get it.
Our very first stop was the 1802 Mercantile because we knew it would get crowded. We talked to Brent on the way out:
I told him I was the one who knit the sweaters their baby goats were wearing in their last episode and he thanked me for doing so, asking if I was excited to see them. Before I could even answer, Paul said,"YES." (He was very patient as I showed him over and over the adorable baby goats in their adorable sweaters on that episode!) Here they are:
So cute, right????? Then Brent asked me to make him a sweater and I said I'd look into it.....
Our purchases from the festival?....
Blaak Cheese (60% goats' milk, 40% cows' milk; 100% delicious!), the Blaak onion jam (with balsamic vinegar - yum) and Sea Salt Fudge Cookies with goats' milk (OMG, sweet, salty, crunchy, chocolately goodness) ..... all from the Beekman 1802 Mercantile. Also, that beautiful cutting board made in Canojaharie. And Mu Mu Mueseli from one of the vendors. So yummy with yogurt.
From there we drove to Cooperstown
to Sal's who makes our favorite pizza!....
It was a wonderful day and a beautiful drive... AND I was able to work on and finish my Baby Surprise Jacket in the car...
So, remember I told you it was knit all in one piece?
Stay tuned for my Sunday adventure with Jana to the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival....