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Smart Growth in Action: Harvest Celebrations

Vermont is one of the most spectacular places in the world come autumn, and people across the state gather to celebrate Vermont’s beauty and agricultural heritage on farms and orchards and at farmers markets.
This season, take the opportunity to participate in one or more of the numerous harvest celebrations taking place throughout Vermont. For instance, Brandon’s Harvestfest is coming up Saturday, October 4, and will feature hayrides, pumpkins, a bazaar and an apple pie festival.
The Dummerston Apple Pie Festival is also a popular destination during the fall. For over 40 years, upwards of 1,500 apple pies are made for this event, so you’re sure to find the perfect one.
Vermont’s largest apple pie event can be found in South Hero, which draws hundreds of people for cider pressing contests, a flea market, craft sale, and music. Oh, and plenty of apples!
Foliage and Art and Craft festivals can also be found throughout the state during this season, including the Stowe Fall Foliage Arts Festival, the Weston Craft Show, and the Northeast Kingdom Fall Festival.
What’s more, the crunch of a juicy apple and the heft of a lantern-bound pumpkin are even more satisfying when you know you are supporting Vermont’s working rural landscape. When you go to a harvest festival, you’re not just having a good time — you’re demonstrating your support for the local agricultural economy as well.
One other thing to keep in mind: harvest festivals are easier on the planet when we are thoughtful about how we get to them. Consider limiting your carbon footprint by carpooling with friends, taking a bus, or biking. That apple will taste better still.