Fall is such a beautiful and fun time of the year.

In our region, Mid-October in particular is the last big hurrah before the fall rains arrive and winter begins to accumulate one flake at a time. Traditionally, farmers and their communities would celebrate through feasting, merriment, contests, music and a freedom from the necessity to work. It’s a time for making leaf forts with your friends and decorating your house with corn stalks and warty gourds. It’s the season for baked winter squash with brown sugar, the last of the summer tomatoes and some warm potato leek soup with biscuits.

It really is the season of harvest and for me that is the best reason to celebrate. So I thought I would pass along an opportunity that will really get your whole family into the spirit of the season.

lcfm-pumpkin-carving-contestOn Thursday, October 13 from 4-6 p.m., the Leavenworth Community Farmers Market will be hosting their first-ever harvest celebration. Families are invited to come on down to the market at Lions Club Park in Leavenworth and make a night of it with a multitude of opportunities to participate in fun family-oriented activities.

The Leisure Games will be donating the use of their yard games, which will be set up throughout the park. Games will include ladder ball, bean bag toss and several other activities. Face painting will be provided by Sam Broddus, the LCFM board president. Kids will have the opportunity to participate in a pumpkin carving contest that will be happening on site. A limited number of pumpkins (available on a first-come basis) will be provided free of charge thanks to the generous donation of many local farms and businesses. Pumpkin carving kits will be available for use by contest participants. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Finally, everyone will have the opportunity to bob for apples thanks to Feil Pioneer Orchard.

Adults can relax and socialize while listening to the bluegrass jam and food will be available for purchase courtesy of El Chavo in Cashmere. And of course, all of the LCFM vendors will be present with a large variety of fall fruits and vegetables available for fresh eating on-site or bulk purchase for your pantry.

So please join us in celebrating this very special time of the year. Whether you stay for an hour or stay for the evening, it is a great way to introduce your kids to the traditions of the harvest season.