Located at 286 Mendon Street, Blackstone, MA, the historic Daniels Farmstead is celebrating the arrival of fall in New England with its second annual Apple Festival on Sunday, October 7, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine). Daniels Farmstead is known to have played a pivotal role in the growing of apples and the production of apple cider and vinegar at the largest surviving cider house in the Blackstone River Valley.
Are you a baker who would want to show off your best apple pie recipe? All are invited to participate in the apple pie contest which will be judged at 1:00 p.m. Forms are available online at www.danielsfarmstead.org or you can register on the day of the event. Judges for the contest will be local “celebrities”. Slices of the pies will be available for purchase.
At 2:00PM to 3:00PM we will be holding a Field Day Olympics consisting of three events. A sack race, three legged race, and an egg drop race. Two age groups are invited, 8 years old and younger, and over 8 years old. Prizes to be awarded. Entry forms available online at www.danielsfarmstead.org or you can sign up on the day of the event.
Browse the Farmer’s Market where there will be fresh produce, apples and cider from local orchards, apple related foodstuffs including apple crisp, locally made craft items and much more! Baked products will also be available for sale at the food concession along with burgers, hot dogs, and sausage sandwiches from our grill.
Music will be provided by the Blackstone Valley Music led by Shanna Keegan from 11:00AM to 1:00PM.
Tours of the historic cider house and the Daniels’ home will take place throughout the day.
The day concludes with the dedication and blessing of the Daniels Farmstead Memory Orchard to be held from 3:30PM to 4:00PM where individuals have an opportunity to plant an apple tree in memory of a loved one.
Hiram T. Daniels was proprietor of the farm beginning in the late 1800’s. He constructed a cider mill for the apple orchard which he had on the property and which would become a mainstay crop for the farm for a period of time in the early 1900s. The cider mill was later improved with a second press for the thriving apple orchard and to accommodate vinegar and cider production for farmers as far away as Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Throughout the mid-twentieth century Hiram’s son, Adin Thayer Daniels, better known as "Charlie", raised peaches and hayed the fertile fields. He also worked the cider mill with two presses powered by a steam engine and a large outside cistern until 1950. Vinegar and cider were processed and sold at the farm until Charlie’s passing in 1993. Some years ago the steam engine, which powered the cider presses, was sold to Hopedale Mill, yet the cider mill retains its works representing an important building type and function.
The Daniels Farmstead Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2003 with an all-volunteer board of directors with the goal to protect and preserve this historically significant farm and buildings and its pristine farmlands; to restore the farm to its former splendor; and to operate a living museum where local historians, schools, and the general public can learn about the New England Farm life from the 18th and 19th centuries. This remarkable endeavor is due to the efforts of Doris Daniels King and her family to preserve the farmstead’s history and legacy. The Foundation's focus is to provide a place for people to gather, celebrate, and learn the values of a working farm and its traditions.