Monadnock Food Co-op invites you to this year’s Monadnock Region Earth Festival. This free public event takes place on Saturday, April 27 from 12pm-4pm.
This year’s event will offer the community an opportunity to connect directly with local organizations, farmers, and artisans during the festival. There’s something for everyone, young or old, novice or avid environmentalist.
The Keene Music Festival will be sponsoring live music in the amphitheater throughout the event, and activities and games will be hosted by many organizations. The Co-op will host a Local Food BBQ and Street and Savory will also be on hand!
The Monadnock Energy Hub will be hosting an Electric Vehicle Drive where you can learn about plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles from owners and dealers. Take test rides and listen to presentations about ownership and what is the future of EVs and their infrastructure.
Inside and around the Co-op we will have vendor samples, raffles and an Easter Egg hunt (dont worry the eggs are 100% compostable). Customers will also have the opportunity to round up their change to support the Monadnock Sustainability Network.
The one-and-only Caterpillar Lab will be in Rail Road Sq, blending art, science, environmental education and their love of caterpillars! Learn about the work other organizations are doing: Elm City Compost Initiative, Monadnock Ecological Research & Education, The Sustainability Project, and The Sunrise Movement.
Take a look at previous Monadnock Region Earth Festival’s:
The amazing Caterpillar Lab was on hand, blending art, science, environmental education and their love of caterpillars.
Deep Roots Massage was there to provide free chair massages for those who committed to “pay it forward” and did something to help preserve and protect our environment.
There was live music from The Solar Sisters who sang their eco-folk tunes, Jed Crook, a folk singer, and Burr, a band played soft and alternative rock with strong trombone solos. All in the amphitheater behind the co-op!
The Keene Farmers’ Market joined us; folks were 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 were also able to 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 got to stop by Allyce’s Barefoot Books’ table to make their very own “Magic Wand” from sticks, glitter, yarn and more! Antioch University’s Community Garden Connections table helped you make your very own “seed bomb” to take home and plant. We had a face painter on hand, games, and you even had the chance to meet Ribby, the Swampbats Mascot.
You were able to 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, the store was 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! We had free samples of products 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 was signing kids up for our brand-new Co-op Explorers program, a free fruit program for kids and we had our usual delicious hot bar, salad bar, sandwiches and smoothies inside.
Outside the co-op, on the cafe patio, we had our first local foods BBQ of the year! We had tasty local options: a grass-fed Walpole Valley Farms burger, housemade Archway Farm pork sausages and housemade veggie burgers. We had local buns from Orchard Hill, side dishes and drinks galore!
Find all this and more at the 2019 Monadnock Region Earth Day Festival!