Spring Festival Update
Everyone at the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company is busy getting ready to welcome the estimated 7500 guests who will attend the 13th annual Spring Planting Festival this upcoming Sunday and Monday. Three big tents were put up yesterday to hold speaker presentations and vendors. The Ozark Hotel and Restaurant is getting a fresh coat of paint; Harriett’s Apothecary is full of new crockery, baskets, and soap, while Baker’s Flour Mill is nearly filled with freshly cooked cinnamon rolls. The Seed Store is getting their shelves filled with all of the 1400 different seed offerings from our catalog, while a good number of fruit and berry varieties (nectarine, apricot, plum, pawpaw, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry) -- as well as flowers -- have been set out in front, are ready for sale.
Although the cool, wet spring we’ve experienced has kept us from completing some of our projects, like our new display gardens in the Bakersville Square: we’ve not been able to get all the slate tiles down, or even get plants set out due to the threat of frost (34o F lows are being predicted both Thursday and Friday nights, with a chance of snow on Friday!), you’ll be able to imagine this addition to Bakersville filled with vegetables and flowers.
One major addition to this year’s event will be three times the number of food vendors, including vegan dinners, crepes, beef skillet dinners, and many types of sweet breads, rolls, and pastries. We hope this will make it less likely that you’ll have to leave the festival grounds to find lunch.
Over 120 vendors will be selling their wares, including not only hundreds of varieties of garden plants and heirloom poultry, but also candles, soap, needle crafts, wood crafts, metal crafts, pottery, brooms, honey and bees wax, herbal products and jewelry. A wide variety of plant starts will also be available, including vegetables, flowers, herbs, succulents, fruits and berries, and other woody plants.
Demonstrations include a working blacksmith, soap making, wool spinning, and broom making.
Nationally and internationally recognized authorities on heirloom gardening and crop biodiversity will also be making presentations throughout the festival. These include food historian and author Dr. William Woys Weaver, biodiversity researcher and heirloom plant archivist Dr. Jeff Nekola, herb gardener and plant explorer Jim Long, Organic Seed Alliance board member Ira Long, Grit Magazine editor-and-chief Oscar Will III, locally-grown food educator and advocate Linda Fey, bee keeper John Brazaitis, and founder and director of the Organic Consumers Association Ronnie Cummins.
A great variety of live music will also be preformed over the event on both the Bakersville Opry main stage and other venues scattered across the grounds. Genres include western, folk, country, gospel, bluegrass, and Irish. In addition, the National Folk Music Contest will occur during the Festival. The contest is an open-microphone event open to live acts (no pre-recorded music will be allowed this year). First-place winners receive a $600 and second place winners will receive a $200 cash prize.
Unsettled and cool weather is predicted through Monday, with a chance of brief showers and highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s on the festival days. So, bring a light jacket.
The Spring Planting Festival will run from 10 AM - 7 PM on both Sunday, May 5 and Monday, May 6. Admission is $5 per adult, with children 16 and under free. Free on-site camping is also available.
More information can be found at www.rareseeds.com or by calling 417-924-3031.