Harvest Festival is this Saturday

Oh, Master Gardeners and Volunteers,
How Does Your Garden Grow?
“With volunteers to toil, in the good, rich, soil
and willing hands to water, weed and hoe.”

The Festival
  Master Gardener Sid File and volunteer Sue Holiday put their hoes and watering cans aside and took time out from their busy-as-a-bee schedule to share some information about Saturday’s big event, Vandalia’s Little Community Garden Harvest Festival.
Come Rain or Shine
It won’t matter because it will be held in the Mother of  Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
 “We have a good reason for that,” File said, talking about why it’s being held at the parish center. “Because last year, we got rained out of our garden.”
“We will be serving lunch again this year and we will have carry-outs.The menu will be the same as last year. For $5, you can have a pulled pork sandwich, chips, and a homemade sweet and sour pickle that one of our friends makes for us.  There will also be hot dogs available for $2, as an alternative to pulled pork for kids or for adults who don’t care for pulled pork.
“There will also be free cider from Frank’s Orchard in St. Elmo for as long as it lasts, homemade cookies and Cheryl Gale is making apple crisps for us for $1 a serving.
“Julie Kershaw will be making her famous jalapeno poppers again.   We went through about 200 of those last year. Those will be available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.”
And, straight from the kitchens of Master Gardeners Jennie Grimsley and Joan Clayton’s, there will be (from Jennie’s) famous hot pepper jelly and (becoming equally famous) peach basil jelly and from Joan’s will come indescribably delicious “sweets and treats.”
The festival includes a large variety of vendors, offering such things as fall and holiday decorations, trees and shrubs for fall plantings, homemade pies and ice cream, and artwork, as well as a children’s activity booth provided by Fayette County 4-H.
All of the vendors from last year are returning, and some new ones are coming.
Not only is it a gala and fun event, but also a colorful and beautiful time of the year to enjoy the last of summer’s bountiful harvest, while enjoying time with friends, enjoying a good lunch and getting advice and information from Master Gardeners.
And it’s an opportunity to tell the Master Gardeners and other garden volunteers what a great thing they are doing for our community and county, both in beauty and nutrition.

Volunteers at Vandalia’s Little Community Garden include, from left, Pam Yates, Joan Clayton, Sid File and Terri Braun.

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