Fall is in the air – leaves are changing, temperatures are starting to drop, and Starbucks is serving up pumpkin spice lattes. But, if you’re like me, you enjoy the change of seasons for the change in seasonal produce! Pumpkins, fall squash, carrots, beets, and greens are all starting to make their way onto the scene at the Clarksburg Farmers Market.

In case you haven’t heard, the market is hosting its first annual Harvest Festival this Saturday, October 3 from 9AM to 1PM in the Tractor Supply Parking Lot. The planning for the event began several weeks ago and there is literally something for everyone. “Not only did we want to celebrate the changing of seasons, but also a time for family. With the heat of summer behind us, fall brings with it many opportunities for families to be outdoors and enjoy the cooler weather and all the activities that come with it.  Our hope is that everyone will experience the diversity of fall and all of its bounty at our market” said Lynette McColl, the vendor coordinator for the market.

The festival will truly be a family event. There are several activities planned for kids, such as pumpkin painting and a visit from Mr. Mike on stilts. There will be a photo booth, so be sure to come ready for family photos! Live music will be provided by Brandon Paul Wood. And to warm up both body and soul, pick up some apple cider or mulled cider from DNC Farm. If you are a baker, consider entering the apple pie bake-off. And best of all, several of our farmers and artisans are donating goods for a mega fall themed raffle basket. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. So, be sure to make some room on Saturday morning to get out to the market!

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The outdoor market is slated to continue through the end of the month, weather permitting. Be sure to “like” the market page on Facebook for weekly updates on the market. And be sure to mark your calendar for the first winter market at the Hilton Garden Inn on November 14 from 9AM – 1PM. Happy fall, y’all!