Many hundreds of Greater New Milford residents enjoyed a taste of farm life Oct. 12 at the Sullivan Farm Fall Festival.

Offerings were highlighted by a pumpkin cannon, face painting by artists from the Village Center for the Arts, haywagon rides, scavenger hunts, blacksmith demonstrations, antique tractors, music, beekeeping demonstrations, a talk with farm manager Joe Listro, garlic planting, marshmallow-roasting workshops, games and visits with farm animals.

In addition, the Sharon Audubon Society presented owl and hawk shows, as well as a hands-on reptile classroom.

Food was plentiful, including nitrate-free hot dogs, grass-fed local hamburgers, cupcakes by Sugar Hoot, and food from the Green Granary, Pastabilites and the Good Luck Food Truck, among others.

The event was a showcase for many farms and local artisan food makers.

Free copies of the 2013 "Who's Your Farmer" brochure, which lists farms and artisan food producers in our area, were passed out to patrons, courtesy of the New Milford Farmland Preservation Committee.

All the festivities took place at the 140 Park Lane (Route 202) farm, for more than 100 years the farmland of the Sullivan family and now under the auspices of the town.

For information, call the event hotline at 860-354-4600 or visit www.sullivanfarmnm.org or find the farm on Facebook.

For more photos, visit www.newmilfordspectrum.com.

Photography by Trish Haldin