Downtown Easton was a busy place on Sunday, July 11, which marked Easton Heritage Day, an annual event that commemorates the historic 3rd public reading of the Declaration of Independence in the town’s “Great Square” on July 8, 1776. A seemingly endless supply of food and entertainment, a re-reading of the Declaration and an evening fireworks display were just part of the festivities, as residents braved the sweltering sun to celebrate the momentous occasion.
The event also offered businesses and non-profit organizations from the Lehigh Valley and beyond an opportunity to show off their wares. Flint Hill Farm Educational Center was among those on hand, setting up shop Sunday morning in the “Agricultural Colony,” a block-or-so long area designated for area farms to share information as well as their products.
A group of volunteers from the farm – Farah, Mike, Cory and me (Mark) – made the trip from Center Valley to Easton, loading up two vehicles with brochures and packets of information, samples of Flint Hill’s fresh cheese, eggs, complimentary pens and more, in an effort to spread the word about the farm to hundreds of Easton-area residents.
We left after a long day feeling like we were successful; distributing plenty of information and talking to the many visitors to our table about some of the exciting things Flint Hill Farm is up to.
In the end, though, the impact of our efforts paled in comparison to that of our “other” volunteers. Yes, the four-month old goats we brought along were the real stars of the show. Countless children – and a few grown-ups – were delighted to pet our additional helpers, give them a bite to eat and learn more about these Flint Hill residents. (Special thanks to Cory, who served as our go-to goat expert for the day!)
And another special thank you to Megan McBride and Easton Farmers’ Market for extending an Easton Heritage Day invitation to Flint Hill, and allowing us the chance to share in this incredible community event. We hope to see everyone there next year!