Iron Range Harvest Festival 2017
The Iron Range Harvest Festival is a celebration of local food, community and place! The 4th Annual Iron Range Harvest Festival will take place on September 8 – 9, 2017. The Harvest Festival builds connections between Iron Range residents and local food producers through cooking demonstrations, farm tours, and the Iron Range Harvest Festival Farmers Market.
Learn more about the events taking place throughout the week below! Take a free cooking class on preserving your local harvest at the Natural Harvest Food Co-op on Friday, Sept. 8 from 5:30 - 7 PM. The on Saturday Sept. 9, tour a local farm in Hibbing (9-11 AM) and chat with local urban gardeners/farmers at the community gardens in Virginia (11 AM - 1 PM). Then in the afternoon visit the Iron Range-wide Farmers Market at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mountain Iron from 4-7 PM. The market will feature local farmers and crafters, in addition to a free cooking and noodle-making demonstration, music by local singer and songwriter Josh Palmi! Also, see below for more info on other harvest events and local farmers markets!
Listing of Iron Range Area Farmers Markets - September 4-9, 2017
Tuesday, Sept. 5
Wednesday, Sept. 6
Thursday, Sept. 7
Friday, Sept. 8
Saturday, Sept. 9
2017 Iron Range Harvest Festival Schedule of Events
Friday, September 8
"Preserving your Local Harvest" Free Cooking Class
- 5:30 - 7 PM at the Natural Harvest Food Co-op in Virginia
- Hosted by Chef Jenna Ballinger and Farmer Janna Goerdt (Fat Chicken Farm), a hands-on demonstration about making kimchi and pickles, and canning tomatoes
- Visit www.naturalharvest.coop/events/preserve-your-local-harvest to sign up!
Saturday, September 9
Iron Range Area Farm and Garden Tours
Interested in learning more about the opportunities and challenges producing food in NE Minnesota? Take part in a local farm/garden tour! These participating local farms and gardens will be open for you to explore and ask questions at the times listed below. Learn from your neighbors and get connected to the soil!
- 9-11 AM - Floodwood River Farm (12812 Carlson Rd., Hibbing)
- 11-1 PM - Growing Together - Virginia Community Gardens
Mr. Ed's Farm - 2017 Fall Draft Horse Day
The 5th Annual Mr. Ed's Farm Fall Draft Horse Day is also taking place on Saturday, Sept. 9! Stop by for draft horse demonstrations, as well as kid's activities, farm tours, food & more. $5 Admission (2 and under free). Click here to download an event poster.
What: Mr. Ed's Farm Fall Draft Horse Day
When: Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 AM - 4 PM
Iron Range Farmers Market
This once a year market will feature local farmers and crafters from across the Iron Range! Come enjoy the music of local singer and songwriter Josh Palmi, and take part in a Free Noodle Making and Tasting demonstration hosted by the Common Ground Community Kitchen at Messiah.
- What: Iron Range-Wide Farmers Market
- When: 4-7 PM on Saturday, Sept. 9
- Where: Messiah Lutheran Church in Mountain Iron (8590 Enterprise Dr S.)
The 2017 Iron Range Harvest Festival is sponsored by:
100 Mile Harvest Meal - 2017 date tbA
Congregations Caring for the Earth will be hosting a 100 Mile Harvest Meal event later in the fall this year. The 100 Mile Harvest Meal is an opportunity for people of various spiritual traditions to honor the harvest and our shared environment. Watch for an announcement on the date of the 2017 event here and on the IRPS Facebook page.