Terrain at Styers, the ever-inspiring home and garden store located in Glen Mills, PA, is one of my favorite destinations in the Philadelphia area. Perfect for lazy weekend visits, the store offers an abundance of eye candy with each new season. A few weeks back I visited the store for their annual Autumn Bounty Festival, a day that embraced the season with a number of events including a chili cook off, samplings from Art in the Age (who served SNAP n’ Cider), White Mule Farms, live music, delicious vegan ice cream treats from a local creamery in Philadelphia, pumpkin carving, workshops and crafts.
I was absolutely awed by the harvest bounty on display and found a few handmade artisans to add to my list of favorites. Doe Run Farm (shown below), a grass-based dairy in Coatesville, PA, offered up a selection of their local artisanal cheeses and produce. Three of the Dairy’s cheeses were on the cheeseboard for sampling: Hummingbird, Seven Sisters, and Barn Owl. All were delicious but only one could come home with me- the Seven Sisters gouda.
Pumpkin carving was on display as well as an interactive pumpkin puzzle for all to try. The gentleman featured above, a professional sand sculptor, showcased his talents throughout the day. (I unfortunately did not get his name so if you recognize him, please tell me in the comments.)
Until my visit I was unaware of just how many varieties of pumpkins there are out there- such a fascinating array! A Blue Hubbard or “dinosaur egg”, one fairytale pumpkin, and a “Red Warty Thing” came home with me that day and now adorn my porch.
If you get the chance be sure to pay Terrain a visit – particularly when they are hosting one of their seasonal festivals like the Autumn Bounty Festival or the Heirloom Tomato Festival in late summer. Also be sure to consider their calendar of events for workshops offered at the store.
Holiday themed events throughout Novemeber are:
Living Gift Series: Bulb Wreath Workshop on November 7th.
A Winter Window Box Demonstration on November 11, and
Kids’ Crafts: Homemade Garland on November 15th.
Winter Blooms Demonstration on November 18th.
Cookie Decorating Workshop on November 24th.
Living Gifts Series: Succulents for the Holidays on November 28th.Amy Pulliam, a self-taught jewelry artisan and the designer behind Helen Ethel Studio, was raised in the fresh country air and woodlands of central Pennsylvania but later moved to Philadelphia to pursue her studies in Art History. In addition to her work as a jewelry artisan, she is also the research librarian/historian for an historic architectural stained glass window studio in Philadelphia. Discover her Facebook page, etsy shop and blog .