Monadnock Food Co-op invites you to this year’s Monadnock Region Earth Festival. This free public event takes place on April 22, 2017, Noon – 4 p.m. outdoors — next to the Co-op — and along the bike path, leading to Railroad Square Park (rain date scheduled for April 23, noon – 4 p.m.).
This year’s Earth Day Festival will have something for everyone!
The amazing Caterpillar Lab will be on hand, blending art, science, environmental education and their love of caterpillars. While you’re in the co-op on Earth Day, you’ll have the opportunity to round your change up to the next dollar or $5 to support their work. You’ll find the Caterpillar Lab right outside of the co-op main entrance.
Deep Roots Massage will be on hand to provide free chair massages for those committing to “pay it forward” and do something to help preserve and protect our environment. Make your pledge and get your free massage!
Hear live music from The Solar Sisters who will be singing their eco-folk tunes, Jed Crook, a folk singer, and Burr, a band playing soft and alternative rock with strong trombone solos. All in the amphitheater behind the co-op!
The Keene Farmers’ Market will join us; you’ll be able to check out Ruffled Feather’s Farm awesome blue bus, buy bread from Orchard Hill, check out Beadin’ in Eden’s beautiful jewelry, buy products from Deer Ridge Farm, Manning Hill Farm, and more.
You can get your fill of the arts from a variety of community organizations – from Arts Alive! to the Friends of Public Art, the Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center, The Plastic Bag Project and more.
Kids can stop by Allyce’s Barefoot Books’ table to make their very own “Magic Wand” from sticks, glitter, yarn and more! Visit Antioch University’s Community Garden Connections table to make your very own “seed bomb” to take home and plant. We’ll have a face painter on hand, games, and you can even meet Ribby, the Swampbats Mascot, from noon to 2pm.
Learn about solar energy from Green Energy Options and Community Supported Solar from the Monadnock Sustainability Network. Find out how you can benefit from the Monadock Time Exchange, how you can support Monadnock Buy Local & The Local Crowd and shop handmade jewelry, terrariums, herbs, plants, veggie starts and more!
Inside the co-op you’ll find the store full of vendors sampling their products – from beer brewed by 603 Brewery & wine from Poocham Hill Winery & Walpole Mountain View Winery, to Maple Nut Kitchen’s Granola, Evy Tea, Echo Farm Pudding, W.S. Badger products and more! You’ll also find free samples of product and raffle baskets throughout the store, as well as a reusable bag giveaway for the first 500 customers through the register. Our Board of Directors will be signing kids up for our brand-new Co-op Explorers program, a free fruit program for kids and we’ll have our usual delicious hot bar, salad bar, sandwiches and smoothies inside.
Outside the co-op, on the cafe patio, you’ll find our first local foods BBQ of the year! We’ve got tasty local options: a grass-fed Walpole Valley Farms burger, housemade Archway Farm pork sausages and housemade veggie burgers. We’ll have local buns from Orchard Hill, side dishes and drinks galore. Stop by our BBQ and get ready for summer!
Find all this and more at the 2017 Monadnock Region Earth Day Festival!