Once or twice a year our little nature study group gathers at a coffee shop in the evening without the children to talk and plan through nature study locations, field trips and events we'd like to incorporate into our schedule.
For sometimes when we wonder, we can make things begin to happen. ~Teacher in The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
I believe the idea began when we were discussing Almanzo's milk fed pumpkin and how fun it would be to do something like that and have some sort of a fair where we could show it or win a prize for it.
From there we began to plan and discuss; we set a date, then reset the date. We thought about prizes, etc., but in the end it we kept it as simple as - make or grow something by hand to sell and bring your own mat to lay out your wares.
It's late so I'm just going to let the pictures do the rest here, but I will say that everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event and it was so fun going from mat to mat to see everyone's unique creations! We all agreed this needs to be an annual event and have already started thinking about a Holiday Handcraft Fair sometime around Thanksgiving!