Howell Living History Farm invites the public to celebrate the coming harvest season on Saturday, Aug. 20, by unearthing a special crop of potatoes that will be donated to local soup kitchens and food pantries. The potatoes were planted on April 23 by Howell Farm visitors, volunteers and interns.
Visitors of all ages can join the harvest crew anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., for as long or short a time as they like. Experience is not necessary. The crew will be led by farm staff, which will use horses or oxen to pull a special plow called a potato lifter. Visitors can help by gathering potatoes unearthed by the lifter, and by turning the crank of the farm’s potato grader to sort the potatoes. Lemonade and cookies will be served to the harvest crew throughout the day.
Howell Living History Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and maintained by the Mercer County Park Commission. It is located on Valley Road, just off Route 29, in Hopewell Township. The GPS address is 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township, NJ 08530. Parking and admission are free.