Announcing Thursday Music Series at Feast and Field
Now a Program of BarnArts
Each Thursday in Barnard, Vermont, from June through mid-October, hundreds gather under tents and in the fields of the working farm where a collective of four family farms share a lease through the Vermont Land Trust. Fable Farm, Kiss the Cow Farm, Eastman Farm, and Heartwood Farm have been working together since 2012 to access the former Clark Farm, and host the weekly Feast and Field Market where they sell their farm products, and bring people together to connect with the land that sustains them.
photo by Seth Butler
Each year, businesses evolve and the farms expand their food offerings. Fable Farm, which began as a vegetable CSA, has now become Fable Farm Fermentory and focuses on catering (they’re selling Mexican-themed dinners) and their wild-fermented wines. Heartwood Farm took over as the vegetable farm, and people come to pick up their vegetable CSAs each Thursday, or buy veggies a la carte. Kiss the Cow’s Jersey milk ice cream is a hit with all ages, and you can also get their regular farm products including milk, eggs, and frozen chicken and duck. Frozen cuts of Eastman Farm’s beef and pork are also available, or you can enjoy their meats featured in the dinners from Fable Farm’s Merrybones Taco Stand.
"Farmers’ Market" evokes imagery of farmers gathering up their wares to truck them to the city or town center, but this is not your typical farmers' market. Feast and Field Market is located on the farm where the food is actually grown, but it's not just the inspiring location that is unique. Each week, world-class musicians, residing in nearby hills or far-away countries take the stage under the maple canopy, (or under the tent in case of rain), for inspiring concerts. Concerts are free, however, donations are encouraged to sustain the programming and pay artists.
Lakou Mizik of Haiti, performs in 2016. Photo by Seth Butler
The music programming grew out of Fable Farm’s early days at their CSA pick-ups when artists would play for the pass of a hat under the maple trees. Today, a full music series curated by Chloe Powell, (that’s me), is presented by BarnArtsCenter for the Arts. BarnArts has served as a fiscal sponsor in the past, and now we are pleased to be working together to present another exciting season.
I’m thrilled to announce this year’s calendar.
*Cue drum roll….
Spencer Lewis is a member of the Bobs, this season's opening act
June 1: The Bobs, folk
June 8: Eugene Uman's Convergence Quartet, jazz
June 15: ReBelle, reggae
June 22: Larry Allen Brown and The Acoustic Earth Orchestra, folk
June 29: Lula Wiles, folk/roots
July 6: Pete’s Posse, multi-generational roots music
July 13: David Rosane and the Zookeepers, folky punk
July 20: Sensible Shoes, rock
July 27: Betsayada Machado, Afro-Venezuelan
Aug 3: Woodsmith and Hersch, Americana
Aug10: Billy Wylder, rock/folk/world
Aug 17: Haywire, Americana
Aug 24: Quincy Mumford and the Reason Why, soul/funk
Aug 31: Connla, Celtic Traditional
Sep 7: Ida Mae Specker, folk
Sep 14: Goat Broke Loose, zydeco
Sep 21: JeConte and Sean Harkness, soulful blues duo
Sep 28: John LaRouche trio, jazz
October 5: Myra Flynn, soul
Oct 12: Open Mic
Market Hours are 4:30-7:30.
Music runs from 5:30- 8 pm, or whenever the band quits!
Feast and Field is located at 1544 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard, VT.