Brunch & Baskets - September 30


Brunch & Baskets - September 30


You’re invited to Brunch & Baskets at Ardelia Farm! 

  • Delicious Brunch Buffet

  • Self-Guided Farm Tour

  • Hands-On Ash Basket Weaving Workshop (create a basket to take home)

  • A Flower Arrangement to Take Home (along with your basket!)

Sunday, September 30


Ardelia Farm & Co.
3118 West Glover Rd.
Irasburg VT 05845

Limited to 30 Attendees

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Welcome, craftspeople, to Ardelia Farm!

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Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a big beautiful brunch buffet in our recently renovated event barn, with an assortment of sweet and savory pastries, frittata, biscuits, cakes, fresh fruit, local organic yogurt, bread and cheese, good coffee, juices, and so much more.

After a leisurely meal, we'll gather 'round as Andy Paonessa of Heartwood Farm guides us through the process of creating your own hand-woven basket. Andy is a craftsman, naturalist, and farmer who lives in South Albany, Vermont. He has been making baskets and teaching workshops for over 10 years and runs Heartwood Farm, a 5 acre diversified veggie farm and 1,200 tap sugarbush. Andy strives to make his living from the land by having a direct connection with the earth through his work. And he's one of the sweetest, kindest, most beautiful people that we know.

A note from Andy:

This workshop is specifically focused on one of our regions most important and unique basket plants, the black ash. 
The black ash (Fraxinus nigra) has a range that stretches from the Canadian Maritimes and North Eastern U.S. down into Central Appalachian across to the Great Lakes of the Midwest and Southern Canada. It is an uncommon tree with a specific habitat. It prefers somewhat saturated soil choosing to grow in wetland forests, along streams and rivers and mountain seeps.
The processing of ash splint begins by choosing a healthy tree with a relatively straight trunk. After felling, I begin by peeling the bark, scoring strips lengthwise down the log with a knife, and then begin pounding with a large hammer. As the log is pounded the individual growth rings separate creating the most amazing material for weaving baskets. Beautiful, flexible, light and incredibly strong. 

Participants will create an 8" cylindrical basket to take home, the absolute perfect size for gathering berries. It can also serve as an exquisite koozie for a quart-sized mason jar, which you will fill with flowers to take home in your new basket! 

Attendees should plan to arrive anytime between 10-11, with the workshop taking place from 12-3.

*Do note that our farm is a real working farm, and not a showplace. Our barns are rickety, there is chicken poop aplenty, our home is not gorgeous, and you may even spot a rubbish pile here or there. But we love it. We appreciate its beauty each and every day, and we look forward to sharing it with you.

Upon purchasing your tickets, you will receive an automated confirmation email. And then a day or two before the event, we will email again with a few more details about the day (step-by-step directions, where to park, etc.).  

This event is rain or shine.



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