Congregation Agudat Achim

Carrot Festival

Coming this fall…


Carrot Festival Sponsors:

Carrot Festival Food Offerings:

Signature Carrot Cake

2021 Carrot A-Peel:

Do you know that we typically use approximately 800 pounds of baking supplies (flour, sugar, powdered sugar, eggs, pecans, and of course CARROTS) in addition to many other expenses and food supplies to get ready for our Carrot Festival? The “Carrot A-Peel” is a way to achieve the goal of making the 43rd Carrot Annual Festival an
important financial success for our synagogue.

Stuff The Bus:

Information for Vendors
Vendor 2021 Application


New York Life Insurance Company
Karen Hausler/Registered Representative and Insurance Agent

Top of the Hill Treasures
Kathryn and Sarah Thomas

Molly Marie Made
Molly Hughes

The Gilded Door
Kelly Chapman
Facebook/ The Gilded Door

Crusin’ Creations
Diane Babin

Kreatively Kat
Facebook/ Kreatively Kat
Kathy Moller

Perky Penguin Crafts
Facebook/ Perky Penguin Crafts Instagram @craftypenguin
Sue Hostig

Pampered Chef
Lisa Jubert

Pink Zebra Home
Michele Miller

O’Boys Soap Company
Angela Bartels

The Body Shop at Home
Jessie Beauharnois

Audrey’s Art LTD
Audrey Leczinsky

Blackbird Design Studio
Meryl Davis

Drawings By Shoham
Shoham Randall

Lisa NeJame
Handmade  Jewelry

Paparazzi Jewelry and Accessories
Linda Johnson
Facebook/ Johnson’s Jazzy Jewels

Magical Vacation Planner
Jennifer Lashway

USA Medicare Consultants
Erin Prendergast / Licensed Agent

Gotta Have It
Mary Beth Sharkey

Cindy Justice

Operation At Ease

Karen Finnessey

Chunky Funk and the Insatiable Hook
Sandra Nguyen
Untangled Yarns: Fiction and Nonfiction Editing by Sandra Nguyen

Happy Home Houseplants
Maureen Taub

Pietrow Designs
Jennifer Pietrow

Dance Fire Studio & Fitness
Natalia O’Connor

Clowning with Joy
Linda Bellick

Clark Designs
Nichole Clark

Upstate Press
Christine Carle

Liz’s Corner
Elizabeth Paul

Patricia Becker Designs
Patricia Becker

Color Street

Bath Fitter
David Murray

Marty’s Jewelry
Marty Wigler

Natalie Oshins
Paintings by Robert Oshins

Community Service Representatives

2 Harts One Soul
Jewish Family Services
Niskayuna Rotary Club
Northern Rivers Family of Services
Octavo Singers
Schenectady Chapter 74 Therapy Dogs International
Schenectady County Department of Senior And Long Term Care Services
United Way of the Greater Capital Region
YWCA of Northeastern New York

Carrot Festival Committee Meeting with a few of our many volunteers.

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 Massachussetts. 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!

Carrot Festival Facebook page:

Congregation Agudat Achim office: 518-393-9211
Other Questions?
Contact Hillary at or 518-331-4208




Photos from Carrot Festival 2021

Photos from Carrot Festival 2019 and prior