Two Saturday’s ago hundreds of Vermont Valley Community Farm members came out to the farm to pick basil and make pesto. It was a lovely community event. The Pesto Fest brings people together in the field, around tables as basil leaves are plucked and pesto is made. As people stand around tables picking off leaves they enjoy the quiet of the country surroundings, immersed in their own peaceful world or chatting with the person across the table, no rushing to get to the next activity; working with their hands in a satisfying way. We are so happy to offer a place for people to have fun, engage in good conversation, connect with good food and relax. We hope everyone can make it out to one of our festivals this season.

Harvesting basil. We grow several types of basil.

Harvesting basil. We grow several types of basil.

Standing around a table picking off leaves and enjoying conversation.

Standing around a table picking off leaves and enjoying conversation.

Making pesto. These girls have been coming to the pesto fest for many years. This year they had their own food processor.

Making pesto. These girls have been coming to the pesto fest for many years. This year they had their own food processor.

And look at all of the basil these girls and their families made.

And look at all of the basil these girls and their families made.