Fall Field Day on Saturday, September 23d, 2023
For Shareholders, Their Close Friends, and Other Friends of the Farm
Link to Google Maps: 1547 Rockton Rd, Caledonia, IL 61011
Click here for a hand-drawn map from back when.
Bring the Kids
Kids love the farm! (But unfortunately you can’t bring your pets.)
Rain Date? Same: Saturday, September 23rd
If it rains, we can seat and entertain everyone inside our barn, or in another dry building on the farm. The Pattersons (see below) only visit the farm from their farm in Utah for a short time every few years, so this is your only chance to mingle with them and to learn from them. (This time, for the first time ever, the Pattersons will also bring their farm manager TK Kern to visit Angelic Organics.)
11 am: Arrive at the Farm
Park along the drive. (It’s usually extra busy here before 11 am, so we don’t recommend showing up early.)
Check in at the big barn.
11:15 am: Hayride to the Pumpkin Patch (Maybe a 2nd hayride will leave at 11:30)
Hop on a wagon to the pumpkin patch. See the crops that are growing on your way to the pumpkins.
If you miss the morning hayride(s), there will be another hayride at 3 pm.
Don’t want pumpkins? Visit the U-Pick Garden just west of the barns for your pick of fall flowers.
12:30 pm: Potluck—Please Bring a Large Dish to Pass
- The dishes at our Field Days are always phenomenal, whether carnivore, vegetarian or vegan (or rich desserts), but sometimes we run short on food–this is not to be on a farm that is all about food! Please bring a dish that will serve at least 10-15 people.
- Bring the recipe that goes with your dish; recipes accompanying dishes are a hit. Put your name & your delivery site on the recipe, so admirers can track you down & lavish you with praise. (10 copies on 3×5 cards would be great.)
- We furnish some tables and chairs. Consider bringing a blanket on which to picnic, so we don’t have to provide so many chairs.
1:30 pm: Group Singing in the Barn Loft with Shareholder Megan Eberhardt
Let’s all sing with Megan!
Community Singing is a growing movement for all people, all voices. The simple songs we sing will be easily learned on-the-spot, no singing experience necessary. We reclaim and remember joy, our shared humanity, and our connection to all of life when we circle up and sing in this way. Songleader Megan Eberhardt brings playfulness, a spirit of welcome, and a reverence for beauty to all her circles. She is currently leading monthly community singing workshops at Old Town School of Folk Music. Come sing with us! And remember the simple joy of singing together. And take some new sing-able songs for your whole family home with you.
1:45 pm: Presentation by Farmer John and Farmer Sara Patterson from Red Acre Farm
Farmer John’s friend Sara Patterson from Red Acre Farm in Utah and Farmer John will take to the barn stage to discuss the merits of 2-acre Red Acre farm vs 20x larger Angelic Organics Farm, and whatever else comes up, because Sara is very funny and Farmer John might also be funny that day. Besides, Symbria, Sara’s mother, will moderate, and she is most entertaining.
Child Care will be available during Sara and John’s Stage Event at 1:45. Their presentation will not be especially entertaining for kids under 12.
For the preposterously cute, charming, robust farm of the Pattersons’ in Southern Utah, make sure to click on the link to Red Acre Farm.
Sara Patterson’s Bio
Sara, a farmer, and activist who, with her parents’ help in 2009, started a CSA at age 14. Today Sara owns, runs, and lives at Red Acre Farm CSA in southern Utah. Red Acre is a diversified biodynamic 2-acre vegetable farm with a flock of laying hens, a milk cow, and a herd of dairy goats. Partnering with local ranchers, they offer a full diet year-round CSA. Red Acre sells their produce at a farmer’s market, to chefs, and from their on-site Farm Stand.
Sara co-founded with her mom Red Acre Center, a grassroots organization that advocates for small farmers and artisanal producers. Red Acre Farm and Center is open to the public, hosting events and educational opportunities for the community they love. Sara hopes to inspire others by sharing her story.
2:50 pm: More Group Singing in the Barn Loft with Megan Eberhardt
Kids can re-unite with us at 2:50 for group singing.
3 pm: One More Hayride to the Pumpkin Patch
Did You Get Your Flowers?
Visit the U-Pick Garden just west of the barns for your pick of fall flowers.
4:30 pm: The End
Thank you for Coming.