It was back to normal for last year’s From the Land event. Saturday was a gorgeous, balmy fall day while Sunday became a challenge with an all-day drizzle. Even with the dreary weather, artists that didn’t do well on Saturday had good sales on Sunday. It confirmed what my friend Ray Jenner, who sold high-end antique gold pocket watches, told me years ago—on rainy days, true connoisseurs still go out and sales are brisk. This statement has proven to be true more than once.
This year’s show is October 20 and 21, held on the Toll-Londowski family farm, one mile west of the Highway 49 and Country J intersection. Please dress for the weather.
The speaker is Cindy Schneider of Larry’s Bee Natural Honey on beekeeping 101, colony collapse disorder (CCD), at 11:00 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Again, both days fairgoers will enjoy folksinger Jim Anger as he strolls the grounds; voyageur canoe and tepee display; Native American healing lodge, with times to be announced at the show; and an antique tractor show.
Popular purchases remain the root people and barn quilts, so come early for the best selection. Articles for sale include pottery, yarn, photography, needle felting, weaving, jewelry, clothing, metal sculpture, Amish rockers, barn-board furniture, dried mixes, pickles, jams, and jellies. Local farmers will have pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb, and chicken along with fresh vegetables, garlic, and eggs.
In the pole shed, pulled pork and lamb sandwiches, old-fashioned hot dogs, and Ray’s fried sauerkraut will be available, as well as coffee and hot cider. The pie shop will sell slices of apple, pumpkin, pecan, or farm berry pie. Renaud’s European Bakery will have artisan bread and pastries to take home. Don’t forget your bag of Chippy’s kettle corn, available in three flavors to munch on while strolling the fair.
Come and enjoy the 17th Annual From the Land, a gathering of traditional crafts and skills with demonstrations on Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For more information about From the Land, please call Jan at (920) 216-1729 or go to fromthelandfestival.com .