Mountain Mayhem: A Happy Harvest Party

May Selby
Mountain Mayhem

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) hosted its annual Harvest Party at Rock Bottom Ranch over the weekend, welcoming friends and families for a festive fall celebration. The 113-acre wildlife preserve and educational ranch on Hooks Spur Road in Basalt serves as ACES’ midvalley hub for environmental education, wildlands preservation, and sustainable agriculture.

Always a sell-out event, this year’s Harvest Party saw 1,000 guests over the course of four hours.

Rock Bottom Ranch director Jason Smith also noted the ranch harvested over 600 pounds of food for Harvest Party alone — all sustainably grown on site — which Aspen Skiing Co. Catering used to prepare a healthy lunch for all. Among the harvest was lettuce, masquerade potatoes, cherry tomatoes and radishes. Also on offer for the day was live music from A Band Called Alexis, pumpkin carving, farm tours, ranch games, apple cider pressing, hay rides, face painting, a pie-baking contest, a vegetable harvest and art-making with The Art Base.