Date: August 25
Come get your hands dirty and celebrate this horticultural extravaganza.
A celebration of harvest through the eras! Check out our bench shows, learn about various historical harvest activities, take part in traditional games and listen to live entertainment.
Help us harvest the produce from the gardens and see a host of traditional harvest activities from Edmonton’s early days such as:
- Grain threshing
- Wool dyeing
- Wheat weaving
- Pickling and preserving
- Making corn husk dolls
- and much more!
11am – 1pm: Grain Threshing (Courtyard): Harvesting wheat from the Fort garden required a lot of work in 1846. Use a grain flail to separate the wheat from the chaff!
1pm – 3pm: Furs for Flour (Trade Store): Bannock was a Scottish bread that the Aboriginal peoples quickly made their own. In order to make it, they needed to trade for flour. Help out the Cree camp by trading furs for flour, and sample some freshly made bannock as your reward!
11am – 4pm: Garden Harvest (Fort Garden): Help out the ladies of the Fort as they tend to the garden, and if you are lucky, they just might let you try some fresh vegetables!
2pm: The Legend of Treize Potatoes (Courtyard): Once there was a fur trader known as Treize Potatoes who claimed he could eat 13 potatoes and 2 white fish in one sitting. Do you think you can beat him? Come and watch as Treize Potatoes challenges others to a potato eating competition!
11am – 1pm: Cash Paid for Furs (Secord Yard): Sell your season’s furs for cash! But watch out, Mr. Secord drives a hard bargain every time.
1pm – 3pm: Edmonton Agricultural Society’s Harvest Meeting (Lauders Yard): See the amazing products harvested and crafted this summer of 1885!
2pm: The Literary Society’s Horse vs Ox Debate (Kelly’s Saloon): Listen to the men of the settlement of Edmonton debate the merits of owning an ox versus the much more expensive horse and vote for the winning argument.
2pm – 5 pm: Wool Dyeing (Ottewell Homestead): A homestead has many important duties. Help Mr. and Mrs. Ottewell prepare their wool for the winter.
11am and 2pm: Heirloom Plants (Henderson Farm Garden): Heirloom varieties of plants were commonly grown up until the first half of the 20th century. Meet Heritage Gardener Janelle and learn about the many benefits of heirloom varieties of flowers, fruits and vegetables and how you can incorporate them into your own garden.
11am – 4pm: Edmonton Weavers Guild (Fire Hall): Learn about spinning and hand weaving on a loom. See the giant ‘walking wheel’ in operation and see how fabric is woven from fibers.
11am-1pm: Preserving (in) the Past (Tent City): How do farmers get ready for the long winter ahead? By preserving food to eat over the winter! Stop by the Henderson Farm and see how the family would preserve their food to get ready for winter.
11am – 4pm: Winter Preparations at Tent City (Tent City): How would tent-dwellers in 1905 Edmonton prepare for the long winter to come? Stop and chat with our tenters to find out some different tactics!
12pm – 3pm: Flower Bench Show (St. Anthony’s Church Yard): Stop and enjoy arrangements of the last blooms of the season, and vote for your favourite one!
2pm – 4pm: Butter Making (Henderson Farm): The Hendersons were well-known dairy farmers in the Edmonton area. Stop by and help them make some butter, and give some a try in return for your hard work (while supplies last).
12pm – 5pm: Traditional Harvest Games (Quad): Interactive family and children’s games, races and challenges!
12pm and 3pm: Sustainable Gardening in the 1920’s (Mellon Farm Garden): Gardening practices that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs have been used by Edmonton gardeners for decades. Join our Heritage Gardener Bill for an informal discussion on sustainable gardening practices past and present!
1pm – 5 pm: Corn husk doll-making (Blatchford Field): Try your hand at this traditional harvest activity and make your own doll!
1pm – 5pm: Wheat Weaving (Blatchford Field): Learn how to weave with wheat and hear about the origins of this activity.
11am – 5 pm: Balers, Binders and Loaders (Mellon Farm): Come see and learn about our collection of early 20th century farm equipment including horse-driven and powered machines.
11am – 1pm: Garden Harvest (Mellon Farm): Help us harvest our garden and we’ll get a hearty soup going on the wood stove!
1pm – 3pm: Pickling Time (Mellon Farm): It’s pickling time at the Mellon Farm. See how we preserve some of the harvest for the upcoming winter.
3pm – 5 pm: Seed Roasting (Mellon Farm): The sunflowers may soon be coming to an end but they have left us the gift of their seeds. Our recipe for roasting is a traditional favourite!