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((Sunday, September 15th from 12-4PM))
Nelson Aronia Farm & Nature of the North Present: The 2019 Aronia Berry Harvest Festival - A Celebration of All Things Aronia!
*All Ages Welcome
Come join us for a fun-filled Sunday afternoon on the farm to celebrate the power of the aronia berry as we eat, drink, laugh and dance among the aronia bushes on the beautiful Nelson Aronia Farm.
This free, family friendly harvest festival will feature a chef battle, live music, beer & wine, local vendors, yoga, face painting, farm animals, and more!
--> Eight local, talented chefs will be battling it out to see who can make the best dish using aronia berries. Each chef will bring one food item from an assigned category (breakfast, appetizer, salad, or dessert) and they'll go head to head with each other to determine who reigns supreme. We need your help to decide who will win - Try all of their creations and VOTE on your favorites!
Chef's from these following well-known restaurants (so far) will be competing:
*The Toasted Frog - Fargo
*The Boiler Room Fargo
*Chef's Table Catering
*Proof Artisan Distillers
--> Local hip hop performances & acoustic sets throughout the entire festival, including:
*12:00-12:30PM --> Cold Sweat - MC/DJ & Dj AP
*12:30-1:00PM --> Jantzonia
*1:00-1:30PM --> Kipp G
*1:30-2:00PM --> set break for Cooking Demo & Chef Interviews with Megan Myrdal of Food of the North!
*2:00-3:00PM --> Warren Christensen
*3:00-4:00PM --> Fancy That
--> Family friendly games and events, including:
*YOGA (Gentle Vinyasa Flow) with Kristine Ringler of Balanced Journeys (with the chickens if they cooperate) from 2:00-2:45PM!
*FACE PAINTING (mainly for the kids...but we're not here to judge)
*BOUNCE & SLIDE CASTLE for the kiddos from Games Galore Party Rental!
*YARD GAMES (hammerschlagen, cornhole, croquet, bocce ball, etc.)
*HARVESTER VIEWING - The Aronia Harvester is making its way to the farm so make sure to check it out and ask any questions you have about the harvester and the harvesting process!
*WORKSHOPS by Nature of the North
*COOKING DEMO & CHEF INTERVIEWS with Megan Myrdal of Food of the North
*PET ALPACAS from Ten Seven Acres!! They also have a variety of woven & knit goods/dryer balls to sell that they harvest from the fibers of the alpacas.
*PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT
Schedule of events coming soon!
--> If those chef tastings aren't enough for you, don't worry... we also have other food available to grab some grub and drinks to help keep you happy and/or hydrated!
*Little LuLu’s Food Wagon - As local as it gets...right out of Amenia, ND, this food truck will be serving up a variety of awesome food including sandwiches, burgers, tacos, and salads!
*Trail Head & Co. - with aim to fuel your body and get your outside, this tiny home turned food truck business makes some seriously adventurous superfood bowls, lattes, smoothies, and eats in Fargo, ND and surrounding areas.
*Wild Terra Cider - Located in Fargo, ND, this company brings cider back to the forefront of the craft movement where it belongs. Drink up some of their freshly made Aronia Berry Cider while you roam the farm!
*Duchessa Gelato - using locally sourced, farm-fresh milk from their dairy farm in Carrington, ND, this gelato is made straight from the heart.
*Groovy Tea Kombucha - making up a batch of homemade Aronia Kombucha!
*Flannel Fizz - Located in Fargo, ND, producing craft tonic and soda using real ingredients & no B.S. Taste the difference and try their Lemon-Lime Aronia Berry Soda Water!
*4e Winery - Out of Cassleton, ND, 4e produces quality products, born of the northern prairie, kissed by the sun, nourished by the flowing rivers and brought to life by prairie breezes.
--> Visitors can shop for a variety of handmade goods from local artisans, including:
*Cass Clay Disc Golf Club - get info on how to join a disc golf league, purchase some discs, or get some advice on the sport!
*Valan Products - offering a variety of custom cut/engraved household wood goods.
*Jars and Junque - stop by this booth for some delicious homemade jam, featuring unique flavors you can't find anywhere else!
*Actively Chic by Zyia - head over to get your hands on some premium, signature, boutique styled activewear at an attainable price point.
*Cottonwood Cider House - ND's first cidery, located near Ayr, ND, will be pouring their hard cider by the glass or for sale in bottles. 100% local, showcasing the terroir unique to ND.
*It's Personal ~ Custom Stamped Jewelry - choose from a variety of hand stamped and laser engraved jewelry. Ask about custom stamping at the event!
*Healthy Oilseeds - An oilseed processing plant that takes pride in showcasing North Dakota's flax, hemp, and borage around the world.
*Margaret's Pantry - Living just East of Nelson Aronia Farm, they'll be selling super fresh vegetables & canned goods straight from their garden!
*Fierce Life Nutrition - Interested in trying out a healthy meal replacement option? They'll be selling/making Aronia Berry Herbalife Shakes!!
*ax-water - Come sample the Aronia Berry water sold nationwide, sourced directly from the Nelson Aronia Farm!! This water is infused with antioxidants to refresh, recover and revive you.
*Nature of the North - Building the FM outdoor community one workshop, event, and adventure at a time! Their goal is to breakdown the barriers to get into nature and create more meaningful interactions within it. Check in to see their upcoming schedule and how you can get involved!
*Our list keeps growing...MORE COMING SOON!
We're beyond excited to have all of you out at our home to experience life on the farm with us, have a ton of fun, and tell you about our journey!
Interested in volunteering? Contact Sarah at:
--> WHAT IS AN ARONIA BERRY?
The Aronia Berry (also known as a chokeberry) has proven to be one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants (higher than any other berry). Though small, it is mighty! Its components have been found to:
-Improve function of the circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems
-Prevent gastric damage
-Protect heart cells from cell membrane damage and DNA fragmentation
-Protect the liver from chemical damage
-Enhance overall wellness
and MORE! Come check out the Aronia booth to find out more information on this amazing plant.
--> NELSON FAMILY FARM:
This incredible farm has been in the family since the 1970's and jam PACKED with history, culture, beauty, love, and yep, you guessed it...Aronia Berries!
Come hang out with the family and learn more about who they are, what they're doing to raise awareness of the aronia berry, and how they love & live life out on the farm.
FUN FACT: This farm supplies aronia berries for ax-water...a line of performance water that distributes nationwide!
Photography: Aleshia Beverly Photography - make sure you SMILE BIG when you see her :)
A HUGE thank you to our SPONSORS:
**The Longspur Prairie Fund
**Finley Motors, Inc.-Finley, ND