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Harvest Days Celebration


1st Annual Harvest Days Celebration
Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th
Hours: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: City Garden
Cost: $3 suggested donation per person, GPCA Members and children under 3 are FREE!

Garfield Park Conservatory’s Harvest Days Celebration shines a warm autumn light on the simple sustainable living is that happening all around our busy city. City folk are keeping bees, caring for goats, and playing bingo for broccoli; they are collecting eggs from their home-grown chickens, making compost, and serving up soup to share with strangers. Come join us for this two-day celebration of the “good life” going on right now. Attendees will enjoy the big backyard of the Conservatory, where fun will be harvested all weekend. As a family-focused event, the day is filled with the following down-home activities:


Horse-drawn hay rides ($1 per ride around the gardens)

Corn husk crowns and crafts

Worm Picking and Compost Harvesting Station

Live Goats & Chickens

Honey Harvesting and Tasting from the Conservatory’s own Hives

Beekeeping Demonstrations

Opening of new outdoor Urban Demonstration Garden

Veggie Bingo Swap and Share - Bring a basket of fresh vegetables from your garden to swap with other bingo participants! (Visitors to event receive one free bingo card, but can receive more cards by either bringing in home grown produce, or paying a small card fee.)

Recipe Swap Tent (bring your favorite recipe to share!), which features a special Harvest Days Soup Recipe Card highlighting fresh ingredients from the Urban Demonstration Garden (Harvest Days Recipe and Soup Tasting courtesy of Martha Bayne, author of the Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time)

StoryBus, a children’s museum on wheels, presents the Little Red Hen

Live Music on the Lawn, featuring Barehand Dixieland Dance Lessons, Tarima Son, 3rd Sunday String Band, and more.

Saturday, September 8th

11 am to noon – TBD

Noon to 2 pm – 3rd Sunday String Band-3rd Sunday is an old-timey string band that performs fiddle tunes as well as contemporary songs.

2 pm to 4 pm – Tarima Son- Tarima Son plays Son Jarocho, a traditional music style of Veracruz, Mexico, as well as Caribbean influenced tunes.

Sunday, September 9th

11 am to noon – TBD

Noon to 1 pm – TBD

1 pm to 4 pm – Barehand Dixieland Music and Dance Lessons (Lessons at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm) - Members of the Barehand Jugband team up for a new project: Barehand Dixieland. The group brings you the swinging sounds of the 20's and 30's sure to make you want to dance. Make sure to participate in a dance lesson or two. The band features a powerful combination of Brass, Banjo, Lap Steel, Drums and Bass.

Potato Sack Races and Lawn Games

Food Trucks

Cooking Demonstrations, Presentations, and Tastings - by ”food project” chefs

Saturday, September 8th

1 pm to 4 pm

Creating Food Opportunities, presented by David Rosenthall , Inspiration Kitchens Chef

Sunday, September 9th

1 pm to 4 pm

Canning and Jam Tasting presented by Tara Lane, Jane Addams Hull-House Kitchen & Food Preservationist

Canning and preserving fruits and vegetables is the surest way to be able to eat local and sustainable food throughout the year, and also “preserve” a long tradition of home economics. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum has created a canning and preserving manual for individuals to learn how to can and preserve their very own delicious pickles, peaches, tomatoes or whatever else they've successfully grown.

The Museum now grows our own food and can, preserve and pickle what we can’t use right away. This process lead us to our project called Preserving Equality: Preserving Fruits and Vegetables, where we playfully invoke the importance of ‘preservation’ in both historic house museums and in the local food movement. Preserving fruits and vegetables is a critical part of sustainability. This project also presents the opportunity to honor the trailblazing women of ‘the grand domestic revolution’, many of whom earned home economics degrees because Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees were denied to women. On each label of canned tomatoes or peaches, is the brief biography of an important revolutionary. This project has not only allowed us to bring two important movements together but to expand the stories that are told at the Museum.

Veggie Bingo Swap and Share! (part of the 1st Annual Harvest Days)

Calling all backyard growers and community gardeners! Are your next door neighbors tired of receiving your gifts of extra zucchini and tomatoes at their doorstep? We have an answer for you! Come share your surplus veggies at our first annual Veggie Bingo Swap and Share! (part of the 1st Annual Harvest Days)

Bring a basket of fresh vegetables from your garden to swap and share and possibly win back with other bingo participants! This fun project is part of the first annual Harvest Days at the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, and inspired and partially supported by a similar event occurring at Chicago’s Hideout (1345 W. Wabansia) on Wednesday nights. (Thanks for lending us the bingo cards, Hideout!) Visitors to the Harvest Days event (3 $ suggested donation, 3 and under free, from 11 am to 4 pm) receive one free bingo card, but can receive more cards by either bringing in home grown produce, or paying a small card fee.

Harvest Days run from September 8th and 9th, from 11 am to 4 pm. The Veggie Bingo Swap and Share tent will be open both days - veggie donations can be dropped off all day beginning at 11 am, and bingo starts at 1 pm and runs to 4pm. We will have baskets, just bring your veggies! A special shout out for our bingo callers Janet Ecklebarger (Saturday) and Lawrence Peters (Sunday)!