It finally happened! Fifteen years after the inception of the annual show that had been plagued by iffy weather at least one of the two days, we had two absolutely gorgeous fall days. The weather was great and the crowd the largest ever. Parking lots were brimming, artists were busy, and sales were brisk. The popular, unique root heads sold out on Saturday, so if this is something you wish to purchase, come early. The marble-blowing demonstration was a popular pausing point for visitors. Wildlife birds of prey was presented by AVES and enjoyed by young and adult fairgoers. Kyle Denton led the plant walk, identifying many familiar and unfamiliar plants.
This year’s speaker is Pat Ehrenberg, quilt and teaching artist, presenting Remembering Grandmother—30s era at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22.
There is always some new artist that joins the show late, offering a surprise. Last year it was Jesse Messa with her hand-painted barn-board quilts. She will be returning this year. The show offers pottery, rugs, and weaving; Amish rockers; log and barn-board furniture; jewelry; wearable art; folk-art painting; metal sculpture; yarn; wool felting; stained glass; candles; soaps; and baskets. So many choices for that unique gift for your special someone.
Local farmers offer pasture-raised beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and buffalo. Apples, honey, leeks, hickory nuts, garden vegetables, and gourds are popular commodities.
In the Pole Shed, we offer pulled pork, ham, and old-fashioned hot dog sandwiches with Ray’s famous fried sauerkraut as an optional condiment. The Pie Shoppe sells pumpkin, apple, pecan, and farm-berry pies by the slice. Renard’s European Bakeshop sells artisan breads and pastries to take home. Don’t forget to get your bag of Chippy’s Kettle Corn, available in three flavors. Artisan cheeses available for a gourmet taste.
Fairgoers enjoy the folk music of Jim Anger and an antique tractor show both days. The Voyageur Canoe & Tepee is a must-see. Native American Healing Lodge times will be announced at the show.
This year, From the Land is Saturday, October 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Toll/Londowski Family Farm, located one mile west on County Road J off State Highway 49 North.
Dress for the weather and come and enjoy the 16th annual From the Land gathering of traditional arts and crafts with demonstrations held on the family farm that raises a flock of Suffolk sheep. Enjoy the beautiful fall scenery on your drive to the show!
For more information about From the Land, please call Jan at (920) 216-1729 or go to fromthelandfestival.com .