Harvest Celebration at Everson Ranch on October 1
It’s harvest time in the San Luis Valley! The ranchers are reaping in their fall hay and the farmers are pulling in their autumn bounty. So what better way to celebrate the season than with a Harvest Celebration? On Saturday, Oct. 1 the Orient Land Trust (OLT) invites the community to gather with them at the historic Everson Ranch for open house tours and a special Harvest Dinner Concert & Dance.
The Orient Land Trust’s historic Everson Ranch sits at the base of the Sangre de Cristos Mountains in the San Luis Valley. Photo: Saguache Today.
Located in the rich, fertile land beneath the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Everson Ranch is a living testament to its ranching and farming heritage. Under the direction of the OLT this 150-year old historic ranch is “currently being renovated within its historical facades to create an educational and living agricultural facility showcasing sustainable agricultural processes.”
The public is invited to visit on October 1 and see what makes this such a special place. Come and discover all of their efforts, and successes with projects determined to make sure the Everson Ranch thrives for generations to come.
On Saturday, Oct. 1 morning and afternoon ranch tours will be available, according to OLT representative and event organizer Scott McCumber. Friends and neighbors can tour the facilities and see the fruits of many long-term projects on the ranch being completed. Folks are welcome to visit the animals, discover the harvests from the community garden and walk to the Everson Reservoir to see the thriving meanders project, a joint effort with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to protect endangered species of fish. There are many successes to celebrate!
Later that afternoon there will be a Harvest Dinner Concert & Dance. This fall celebration is a ticketed, farm-to-table event featuring a variety of the ranch’s free range grass-fed beef, pig and goat meat, along with farm-raised, organic salad greens, rosemary roasted potatoes, roasted beets, garden veggies and grilled squash medley, and from the valley, quinoa salad. All of that incredible food will be cooked to perfection by RustingRam Catering, sure to satisfy every taste bud! The meal will be accompanied by beer from a new local brewer, Crestone Brewing Company, with wine from nearby Vino Salida will be included.
So what better way to compliment a good meal with good company, than with some good music?! The hills will be alive with a special musical treat featuring a wonderful trio led by Sandra Wong, playing the violin and nyckelharpa. Accompanying her magical strings will be multi-instrumentalist Andy Reiner and tabla hand-drum player Steve Bross, all coming together to provide a variety of bluegrass, old-time tunes sure to get those toes a tappin, and hips a swaying!
The Details: While the tours of the ranch during the day are free of charge, the Harvest Dinner Concert & Dance is a ticketed event. Cost for the dinner and concert are $50 per adult, $25 for minors aged 13-17 and there is no extra charge for kids under 12. All kids and minors must be accompanied by an adult. Dry campsites are available, but limited.
Register now online at www.olt.org . Or for questions or registration information, readers may contact: Scott McCumber or Robin Rosenberg at 719-256-4315 or contact Scott on his cell phone at 719-298-7411. All proceeds go to support Orient Land Trust. Special thanks to sponsors: RustingRam Catering, J&J Rentals and Crestone Brewing Co.
It’s time to celebrate! Everyone’s invited. Come, enjoy a fun, social time together with good food, music and dance.
The Orient Land Trust is a San Luis Valley Colorado non profit protecting over 2200 acres including Everson Ranch, Orient Mine and Valley View Hot Springs.