Harvest time is here

Tisbury School principal John Custer, right, took a tractor ride with Tisbury families during the school's 2011 fest. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

Vineyard Gardens

From 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, Oct. 12, Vineyard Gardens in West Tisbury holds its annual Harvest Festival. Admission is free, and there are plenty of family oriented activities. Kids keep their hands busy with Nature Craft Projects, while adults enjoy garden tours and peruse the plant displays complete with fall gourds, pumpkins, mums, and asters.

Seasonal refreshments including chili, hot dogs, caramel apples, corn bread, apple cider, and more will also be provided. There will be a raffle, and families can take home complimentary coleus and begonia plants. For more information, call 508-693-8511 or visit vineyardgardens.net.

Native Earth Teaching Farm

It’s harvest time for corn, so what better way to celebrate than with popcorn? On Saturday, Oct. 12, Native Earth Teaching Farm in Chilmark hosts its annual Popcorn Festival from 10 am to 3 pm.

Guests can feed popcorn to the farm’s poultry and goats, or enjoy a few handfuls themselves. There will also be games and fiber demonstrations. Kids can bring a new or used tee-shirt to color at the festival. Admission is free. For more information, call 508-645-3304 or visit nativeearthteachingfarm.org.

Greenhouse of Martha’s Vineyard

The Greenhouse of Martha’s Vineyard, formerly known as The Community Solar Greenhouse (COMSOG), hosts a Fall Harvest Festival from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday, Oct. 13. The pick-your-own produce greenhouse, off of New York Avenue in Oak Bluffs, will hold a sale and swap of perennials, plus tastings, demonstrations, and sales of plants and veggies, bees and honey, preserves and flavored vinegars, growing in cold frames, keeping chickens, and fiber dying. There will also be alpacas for petting, soup and hot dogs, and music by The Dunkles. For more information, call 508-693-2019 or visit comsog.org.

Tisbury School

The PTO of the Tisbury School turns the school’s playground into a Harvest Festival fairground for its 10th Annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 3 to 5 pm.

The main event of this festival is a potluck supper — guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share. Kids will be drawn to the playground itself, but there will also be hayrides, pumpkin decorating, face painting, games, and more. Admission and all games and activities are free of charge. For more information, call 508-696-6500.