Bow Thayer and band perform at Feast and Field Market, 2016, photo by Seth Butler/

Introducing FableFest

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Chloe Powell

The Integration of Art and Agri(Culture)

Fable Farm introduces FableFest, July 8th, a mini- music festival held in conjunction with the 3rd annual Art on the Farm Sculpture Show in Barnard, Vermont. Fable Farm was named for the power of story, and since the founding of their farm in 2008, brothers Christopher and Jon Piana have viewed the integration of art and agriculture as central to their work.

Spencer Lewis , (right) performs at an early gathering of Fable Farm in 2010/ photo by Seth Butler. This house was the site of a fire this winter. Read about it here.

In the early days,  when Fable Farm was a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) vegetable farm, pick-ups were held in the village at the Fable Farmhouse, musicians played for a pass of the hat and community gathered for potlucks and wood-fired pizzas. They even hosted a dinner theater, which opened to rave reviews. The line-up at Fable Fest, July 8th features artists who performed in this early incarnation of the evolving project; Bow Thayer, Spencer Lewis, Haywire, and Tumbling Bones founding members Jake Hoffman and Peter Winne perform along with Ahmad Hassan Muhammad on rhythm bones. I addition, Say Darling with Celia Woodsmith (grammy nominated Della Mae) and Chris Hirsch (Girls Guns & Glory) will make their Barnard debut at FableFest bringing their Americana bluesy sound to the green hills. In addition to the music, the afternoon will feature workshops, arts activities, and presentations as well as a guided, and self guided art walks. 

Tumbling Bones lead a square dance at Feast and Field Market. Tumbling Bone's Peter Winne and Jake Hoffman will call a square dance at FableFest, and lead a sing-along. Photo by Seth Butler:

Working together:
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The story of Fable Farm is an evolving one; from vegetable farm into a winery, catering and venue business. Together, they work with the Feast and Field Farms, sharing a lease from the Vermont Land Trust on the former Clark Farm with Heartwood Farm, Eastman Farm and Kiss the Cow Farm.  Each Thursday, on the farm, together they host the lively weekly Feast and Field Market, Feast and Field Farmers' Market with an eclectic music series presented by BarnArts.(For more info, read my article titled: What is Happening at Feast and Field.)

Art on the Farm Sculpture Show: The shared farm is the site of the now 3rd annual Art on the Farm Sculpture Show curated by Edythe Wright, which opens the evening of Friday July 7th at 5:30. 

2015 First Annual Art on the Farm Art Walk. An opening reception for the art show, featuring 8 artists work spread around the landscape will be held Friday, July 7 at 5:30 with a guided art walk. A second art walk will take place Saturday at FableFest at 2:30. Photo by Seth Butler.

Supporting The Arts and Agricultural Economy:

Beyond the costs of producing the event and paying artists, proceeds from ticket sales will support some of the costs behind the Feast and Field Market, and support the strengthening of our valley's farm and arts economy.

Introducing Membership: This season, Feast and Field Farmers have introduced a "Friends of Feast and Field Membership Program", and at just $25/year for annual membership, membership perks include discounted food at market, and discounted tickets to Fable Fest.

Get Tickets  here. 

RSVP here on the Facebook invite to get updates via Facebook. 

For more info about membership, sign up at Feast and Field Market any Thursday from 4:30-7:30  (1544 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard, VT) or email

Photo by Seth Butler

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