By Louise Oleson
Journal Managing Editor
Holly and Barry Mawby of gardendwellers Farm in Churchs Ferry have been busy putting the finishing touches on the Produce Party planned for Labor Day Weekend.
The flowers are in full bloom, the garden rows are lush with produce and everywhere you look there is something interesting to see - a garden bench made from an antique iron bed frame, a sculpture of a woman’s torso, a home-made quilt top displayed on the side of the shed and pots of many different colors and sizes displaying the treasures of the farm.
The Produce Party takes place Saturday, Sept. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Highlights of the day include both free demonstrations and classes that require a fee.
At 10 a.m. there is a free demonstration of how to make a beaded wool rug. At 11 a.m. you can learn to make your own bath salts.
Sue Balcom, Mandan, will be the featured presenter with The Art of Tablet Weaving Workshop at 1 p.m. Tablet weaving, or card weaving, as it is also called, is a method of producing narrow textiles such as straps, belts and trim. Workshop participants will begin and maybe complete a band that could be used for a bracelet, eyeglass holder, necklace or guitar strap. Her workshop costs $25 for supplies provided and participants are asked to bring a scissors and two c-clamps.
During the day there will also be a place where you can “Make Your Own Scarecrow” for $10 and the largest tomato contest and ugliest vegetable contests begin at 9:30 a.m. with judging at 2:30 p.m.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided by the Churchs Ferry Alumni Association for a free will offering.
“There’s lots of space for the kids to explore and play while parents are looking around,” Holly said.
“There are 20 vendors signed up to be at the party, so there should be something to interest just about everyone.”
To find gardendwellers Farm take the Churchs Ferry exit from Highway 2 and the first right turn after the railroad tracks, then the first left. It is located between Orvis and Summit Avenues and Sixth and Seventh Streets.
In case it rains, all events will go on as scheduled and be held in the Churchs Ferry public buildings.