Congregation Agudat Achim

Carrot Festival

This Fall…

The 46th Annual Carrot Festival

September 15th, 2024

10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

 

More information coming soon.

Carrot Festival Sponsors:

 

Carrot Festival Food Offerings:

Signature Carrot Cake

 

 

Entertainment:

 

Kids’ Zone:

 

 

Stuff the Bus:

 

 

 

Vendor Application 2023

2023 Vendors:

Arbonne International
Barbara Ripps
Website

Eqyptian Influence
Alber Barsoum
Alberbarsoum79@gmail.com

Lisa Ne Jame
Lisa Ne Jame
donlise@roadrunner.com

Paparazzi Jewelry and Accessories
Linda & Isadore Johnson
Website
Facebook

Sleepy Dog Knits
Janette Leonidas
Instagram
Facebook

The Spicy Purritto
Tonya Hall
Facebook

Tina V Sells Beauty- SeneGence
Tina VanDerwerker
Facebook
Website

Top of the Hill Treasures
Kathryn and Sarah Thomas
Topofthehilltreasures@earthlink.net

Tupperware
Cindy Justice
Website

Shells by Michele
Michele Rooney
Hootyhoo331@hotmail.com

Lisa’s Treasures
Lisa L Guadagno
Lguadagno1717@gmail.com

Wholistic Health Coaching by Lauren
Lauren Darling
lauren.healthcoach23@gmail.com

Two Spruce Pottery
Nancy Niefield
Website

Renewal by Anderson
Mike Lucey
Website

Face & Body Painting
Barbara Arpante
Bria.Arpante@yahoo.com

Bohemian Pizazz
Marlene Brown
Facebook

Tumbled Stones, Fossils, Celtic Jewelry, Sterling and more
John Fondano
jfondano1944@yahoo.com

RoseLynn Designs
Rebecca Conrad
Facebook

Where’s the Ramp
Lisa Andrea McCarthy
Website

Staceysmile Creations
Stacey Kennedy
Staceysmile@gmail.com

Karen B. Hausler CHFC CLU MSFS
Karen Hausler
Website

Bath Fitter
Alena Chamberlain
Website

Jenzer’s Gems
Catherine Janzer
Jenzersgems@gmail.com

Women with Voices LLC Shop
Antoinette Lawson
Website

Collar City Quilts
Gayle W. Cole
Instagram

My Thirty-one Gifts and Real-Time Pain Relief
Cinde Apuzzo
cinde05@yahoo.com

Pampered Chef
Lisa Jubert
Website

Yankee Home
Mark Deming
Website

Finding Curiosity
Samantha Costello
Instagram

Community Service Vendors:

Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York

Niskayuna Rotary Club

The Zonta Club of Schenectady

American Cancer Society

Alzheimer’s Association

Healthy Capital District Initiative

New Choices Recovery Center

RISSE

Schenectady County Ministries

Schenectady Jewish Community Center

American Red Cross

Mohawk Opportunities

Schenectady Chapter 74 Therapy Dogs International

Sustainable Community Enrichment

Cornell Cooperative Extention

Israel Bonds

Heritage Home for Women

The Octavo Singers of Schenectady New York, Inc.

15-LOVE

Niskayuna Community Foundation

Care Design NY

Dominican Retreat and Conference Center

Children at the Well

Carrot A-Peel:

Carrot Festival History:

In 1978, the CAA parking lot needed paving. Members Paul and Rose Westheimer, owners of The Carrot Barn at Schoharie Valley Farms, produced and packaged 1400 tons of carrots that year and suggested during a brainstorming session that a carrot-themed fundraiser might be a successful endeavor to complete the task at hand.

After more than 40 years of successful Carrot Festivals, the Westheimers were glad to see their idea become a community institution. They remembered Paul’s father, Julius, making and selling fresh carrot juice at the first festival! There were pony rides on the front lawn, along with cotton candy and taffy for kids. “It was minuscule compared to now,” Paul Westheimer said. The money raised in that first festival, mostly from selling fruit and vegetables, paid for the paving job and was the beginning of what has become one of the Capital Region’s favorite end-of-summer outings. Long after the Carrot Barn was sold, the Westheimers were active members of the Carrot Festival committee, until they relocated to Massachusetts. Sadly, we lost precious Rose z”l in early 2021. Her legacy lives on. The Carrot Festival now showcases foods and desserts, including several kinds of carrot cake. Other features include fresh produce from the Carrot Barn in Schoharie, live music and entertainment throughout the day, vendors and crafters, a community service tent, a pet adoption clinic, and plenty of activities to keep children entertained. The “star of the show” is the Signature Carrot Festival Carrot Cake: a buttery praline filling between the two cake layers, topped with a rich cream cheese frosting. In 2006, the Congregation copyrighted and published the cookbook Divine Kosher Cuisine. An entire cookbook section was devoted to Carrot Festival recipes. The cookbook contains many delicious kosher recipes and can be purchased at our Leora Judaica Gift Shop

Entertainment traditionally includes a Klezmer band, Israeli dancers, performers from Schenectady Light Opera Company’s (SLOC’s) fall shows, and much more. In addition, special afternoon concerts have featured the local bands Flame, Joe’s Boys, the McKrells, The Accents, and The Refrigerators, to name a few. In 2019, we were also honored with a performance by American Idol Third Place winner Madison VanDenburg, who lives in Cohoes.

Vendors and crafters sell jewelry, kitchen gadgets, pottery, cosmetics, floral designs, clothing, and more. The community service tent features local non-profit organizations showcasing what they do to help the community, as well as many volunteer opportunities with our new partner, The United Way of the Greater Capital Region!  The children’s area is always filled with activities to keep kids of all ages busy for hours.

The Carrot Festival has become a community family tradition, and we are proud that COVID-19 did not stop us from holding a festival in 2020, even if it looked a bit different. But happily, the Westheimers’ vision carries on with volunteers hard at work planning our 2021 Carrot Festival. We welcome you to join us!

 

Congregation Agudat Achim office: 518-393-9211
Other Questions?
Contact Hillary at hbean5891@aol.com or 518-331-4208

 

 

 

 

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