Leeds Farm Fest to showcase farmers, woodsmen, producers


LEEDS — The Leeds Historical Society will host the Leeds Farm Fest on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The Farm Fest will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Leeds Community Church, 123 Church Hill Road. Admission is free.

The town has a long history of agriculture, dating back to the 18th century. Though some of the products produced have changed, the agricultural tradition persists.

The Farm Fest will feature local farmers, woodsmen and women, who will have their products on display and be on hand to answer questions about their farms.

The event is designed for producers to share information regarding what they have to sell and to allow people to sign up to buy produce later in the season, but it won’t be an opportunity to buy and sell things that day.

Exhibitors will range from a small sheep farm, which produces breeding stock, meat and fiber and knitted objects, to a grass-fed beef operation. There will be an opportunity to sign up for a load of firewood or to buy a share in a vegetable community supported agriculture program. Learn about cheese produced in Leeds or find out where to buy farm-fresh eggs and poultry and goat’s milk soap.

Music will be provided by the Sandy River 3, a Maine bluegrass band that includes Julie Davenport of Leeds singing and setting the beat on the upright bass.

Lunch will be available for purchase from Pinky D’s Poutine Food Truck.

In days past, a Leeds farmer walks through town with a load of hay drawn by a pair of oxen.