Boston Farm & Fiber Festival Celebrates New England Farmers and Crafting Community
Free festival will feature farm yarn vendors, spinning demos, knitting lounge, kids’ activities, and live animals
BOSTON — Knitters, farmers, and sheep enthusiasts alike will gather for the first ever Boston Farm & Fiber Festival at the Boston Public Market on Sunday, February 11 from 10am-5pm. This free festival is jointly organized by BPM vendor New England Farm to Fiber, an all-natural, breed-specific farm yarn company, and the Boston Public Market, an indoor, year-round marketplace for locally sourced food and agricultural products from New England.
The Boston Farm & Fiber Festival will feature fifteen pop-up farm yarn and natural dyeing vendors spread alongside the Market’s 35 permanent farmers, fishers, and food entrepreneurs. Vendors from throughout New England including Wing & A Prayer Farm (VT), Mindful Folk Farm (ME), Upton Yarns (MA), and Ashford Heights Farm (MA) will be selling wool, spun yarns, patterns, knitted wear, and other handmade crafts. In addition to exploring the diverse pop-up offerings, folks will have the opportunity to share tips and techniques at a knitting lounge, observe fiber spinning demos, participate in a natural dyeing workshop (pre-register here), jump in on kids’ activities, and even meet a few livestock friends!
“Farm Fiber is a gorgeous, natural, sustainable, practical resource that has been part of the New England economy for hundreds of years,” said Genevieve Day, owner of New England Farm to Fiber. “We are so excited to bring the wonderful and diverse world of Farm Fiber & Crafts to downtown Boston with our Boston Farm & Fiber Festival.”
New England Farm to Fiber joined the Boston Public Market in November 2016. Founded by Genevieve Day, owner of popular yarn and fabric shop JP Knit & Stitch in Jamaica Plain, the New England Farm to Fiber stall sources farm yarns from local heritage sheep breeds, Alpacas, and Mohair Goats.
“We’re proud to partner with New England Farm to Fiber in showcasing this beautiful, important aspect of the New England agricultural landscape,” said Cheryl Cronin, CEO of the Boston Public Market. “The Boston Farm & Fiber Festival celebrates our hardworking farmers who raise animals and produce wool year-round. Farm yarn is the perfect subject to bring together our community during this cozy New England winter.”
The Boston Farm & Fiber Festival is sponsored by the Boston Public Market, The Trustees, and Taproot Magazine. Visit newenglandfarmtofiber.com/events for updates on participating vendors and festival activities.