By Susan Cahill, CHS President
It has been a long, hot summer here in New Mexico, but fall is on the way. Fall means harvest time in our farming village of Corrales – time to celebrate the new vegetables and fruits from our fields, trees and vines, and the completion of another successful growing season.
As part of the village–wide Corrales Harvest Festival September 30 and October 1, Corrales Historical Society (CHS) will sponsor a “Harvest Fiesta” on the grounds of the Old San Ysidro Church.
With the harvest as our focus, CHS will offer tasting tables loaded with fruits and vegetables from our valley for all to sample – especially the kids! Local farmers and gardeners will be at the Old Church to share their experiences of farming today. Come relax in our tent area, have a taste of something fresh from the fields, and think about how much we all owe our farmers and growers here in New Mexico and beyond. Keeping with the theme, CHS Archives will display exhibits on Corrales agriculture, including acequias, farming activities throughout the year, and a history of Corrales farming over the centuries, and panels about Corrales families.
We know you can’t farm without tractors and trucks! Several will be onsite, so climb on and snap a photo for a great memory. Bring along a straw hat or sun bonnet, a kerchief and your overalls (or use some of ours) and become a farmer for a day. Other agricultural scenes will also be available for additional photo ops. (Think “American Gothic.”)
Fiestas mean fun for children! Multiple craft tables inside the Old Church will be ready for kids to make red chili ornaments, zucchini faces, paper flowers (ramilletes) or color images of the Old Church. Each project goes home with your child to be put in a place of honor. Children can also participate in a special contest – creating depictions of San Ysidro in a drawing or other medium – with a prize for the most popular rendition.
A new addition to this year’s fiesta will be the Pie Walk, located in a tent in the front of the Old Church. When the music stops, stand/land on the “right” number and take home a delicious treat made from fruits of the harvest. Food trucks and farm stands will also be available for a quick snack or beverage.
CHS Docents will be selling books on the history of Corrales as well as unique plaques, ornaments and retablos. All money raised by the Docents goes directly to the care and maintenance of the Old Church property.
Tractors to be crawled on, pies to be won, art treasures to be made and fruits of the harvest to be tasted are all at the Old San Ysidro Church Harvest Fiesta. Ride the hay wagons to the end of the line and join the fun and festivities. It’s worth the trip! See you there.
CHS Docent Virginia Breeding offers treats from the Taste of the Harvest Table, and A young visitor shows off the treasures she made at the CHS “Harvest Fiesta” Crafts Table