Harvest season hits Old Sturbridge Village with Apple and Agriculture Days

Press release submitted by Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is celebrating the harvest season with Apple and Agriculture Days, select Saturdays and Sundays in October. As the trees burst into color, the village transforms into a bustling operation as costumed interpreters harvest the grains, fruits, and vegetables that have been growing at OSV all summer long.

Visit and learn how food makes its way from the farm to the dining room table in 19th century New England life. Explore the village, take a tour of gardens and root cellars, and meet the oxen as additional guest teams arrive at the village to plow and demonstrate field preparation.

Oxen plow a field at Old Sturbridge Village. (Courtesy photo)

Witness the apple harvest - one of the most popular items of fall. Apples at the village are selected and fermented to get "squeezings" from the fruit, a process that produces a different variation than the sweet cider typically recognized at today's farm stands. Cider in the 1800s was kept through the spring planning, summer heat, and into the harvesting of the following season so it could be enjoyed year-round. During Apple and Agriculture Days, costumed interpreters will be cooking and demonstrating the fermentation process using the ox-powered Cider Mill on-site.

For two days only during Apple and Agriculture Days, on Oct. 12 & 13, enjoy a special screening of Forgotten Farms in the Old Sturbridge Village Visitor's Center. This documentary-style film examines class divides in today's farm and food communities. Once at the center of a thriving local food economy, dairy farmers are often "forgotten" in today's new farming landscape, with New England alone losing over 10,000 conventional dairy farms in the past 50 years. Following the screening on Oct. 12, Old Sturbridge Village will host a panel discussion, featuring the film's director, Dave Simonds, producer, Sarah Gardener, local dairy farmers, and OSV's agricultural and horticultural staff.

Apple and Agriculture Days at Old Sturbridge Village take place during normal operating hours from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. on Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, and 19. Activities are included with Standard Daytime Admission, a season pass, or membership to Old Sturbridge Village. Save $2.50 per adult, senior, or youth ticket when you purchase online instead of at the door. Purchase tickets by visiting: https://www.osv.org/visit/purchase-one-day-tickets-online/.

More information on Apple and Agriculture Days 2019 can be found online at: https://www.osv.org/event/apple-and-agriculture-days/.

About Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village, first opened to the public in 1946, is one of the country's oldest and largest living history museums, celebrating life in early New England from 1790-1840. It is the largest living history museum in the Northeast. Each year, more than 250,000 visitors interact with costumed historians, experience up-close demonstrations of early American trades, and meet heritage breed farm animals. Situated on 200 scenic acres, the Village is a collection of more than 40 historic buildings - including homes, meetinghouses, trade shops, working farms and three water-powered mills - restaurants, shops and the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., Old Sturbridge Village is open year-round, but days and hours vary seasonally. Daily admission is: $28 for adults, $26 for seniors, $14 for College Students, $14 for children ages 4-17, and children 3 and under are admitted free. Each admission includes free parking. Village Members and Season Pass holders receive free standard daytime admission. For details, visit www.osv.org.

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