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Celebrate the fall harvest with food, music and more.

October 8, 2012

You don't need to leave town to visit a farm this weekend!  Come to the Botanic Garden's Heritage Farm on October 13 & 14 for the eighth annual Harvest Festival. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, explore the sights and sounds of fall with live music and fun activities, as smells of fresh apple cider and baked goods fill the air.

Watch how cider is made and sample cider as it comes off the press. The fresh cider is for sale during the event, so you can enjoy the sweet flavor of autumn at home. Whole apples and apple cider vinegar are also available for purchase.

Volunteers will be stationed throughout the Heritage Farm providing discovery stations, games and crafts. Activities include tractor-drawn wagon rides, make-your-own paper chile ristras or corn husk dolls, and demonstrations of colcha embroiderers, quilters, farriers, bakers and chicken keepers. A special food stand will feature barbeque brisket and chicken, apple cobbler and other seasonal favorites.

"Demonstrations and activities bring the Heritage Farm to life at one of our most beautiful times of the year," said Tallie Segel, Botanic Garden Education Coordinator. "And the best treats of all are the delicious apples and cider to be shared and savored by visitors of all ages."

The Heritage Farm saw a banner fruit crop this year. Farmers harvested 3,000 pounds of grapes and expect to pick more than 20,000 pounds of apples. Much of the fruit has been or will be turned into grape juice and apple cider using the on-site press in the Cider Barn. In addition to on-farm sales during Harvest Festival, grape juice and apple pie are available at the Shark Reef Cafe as part of the BioPark's "Farm to Plate" program. The animals at the Zoo also enjoy several bushels of apples each week.

Drop by the Harvest Festival this weekend and experience all the wonderful things fall in New Mexico has to offer! The Harvest Festival is included with regular admission. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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