Take a wagon ride through gorgeous fall foliage. Hike to a heritage apple orchard. Sample delicious, hot soup. Learn about seed processing and hard-cider making. And, yes, carve a pumpkin.
Enjoy all these activities (and more) at Seed Savers Exchange’s Heritage Farm Saturday, Oct. 5, from 12 to 4 p.m. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
The event features a soup cook-off that will showcase the cooking talents of eight area chefs: Blake Bornholdt of Doc’s Blue Moose Restaurant; Justin Scardina of Driftless Food and Catering; Liz Lesser of the Oneota Community Food Co-op; and Caleb Timp, Nate Leistikow, Ryan Pederson and Tom Skold of the Luther College Norse Culinary Team, as well as Kathryn Gilbery, SSE’s Exchange and Outreach Coordinator. This year, a bush bean takes center stage, as all participants must use the ‘Jacob’s Cattle’ bean in their recipe.

Event schedule
• 12 p.m. – Orchard hike: Hike through a century-old pine forest to get to SSE’s historic orchard.

• 1 p.m. – Seed-processing demo: View large-scale seed-processing machines in action, then learn step-by-step how to process seeds at home.

• 2 p.m. – Squash presentation: Explore the history of squash and learn about varieties of Native American origin grown at Heritage Farm this past year.

• 3 p.m. – Hard cider-making (and tasting) workshop (for beginners)

• 4 p.m. – Soup cook-off winner announced.

Other activities going on throughout the afternoon include hay rides, apple pressing, garlic tasting, pumpkin carving, face painting, corn-husk doll making, seed-jewelry making a