Harvest Festival

Mill City Grows’ 5th Annual Harvest Festival
Saturday, September 17, 2016

North Common, Lowell

> Check out our Harvest Festival Photo Album on Facebook!

Harvest Fest Pumpkin Painting

We are SO grateful to the amazing community of gardeners, growers, cooks, local businesses, and non-profits who celebrated the harvest and our local food system at our 5th Annual Harvest Festival! Our free annual event had something for everyone, from food tastings, cooking demonstrations, live music and dance, arts and crafts, children’s activities, garden tours, and much more! We thank all our incredibly dedicated volunteers as well as the hundreds of attendees for coming out and showing support of FIVE years of Mill City Grows!

A Special Check Presentation from Whole Foods Market
On September 8, Whole Foods Market donated 5% of net sales to Mill City Grows from five regional Whole Foods locations as part of their quarterly 5% Community Giving Day! Representatives from Whole Foods Market made a special visit to Harvest Festival to present their donation check to us in person, which gave us the perfect opportunity to express our gratitude!

Whole Foods Donation

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Our Heartfelt Thanks Goes Out To The Following!

Official Harvest Festival DJ:  DJ Manny

“Restaurants vs. Gardeners” Dip Throwdown Competitors:  Crystal Kasey, Chef Nick Speros, Rachel Young, Bill Reedy, Linda Carney, Jane Adams & Russell Pandres, Felicia Pinto, Amir’s Natural Foods, Bishop’s Legacy Restaurant, Cobblestones of Lowell, Element Hummus Company, El Potro Mexican Grill, Moonstones, Sophia’s Greek Pantry North

Congratulations to Our Dip Throwdown Winners!
Hummus Category: Cobblestones of Lowell
Wildcard Category: Chef Nick Speros
Salsa Category: Lowell Gardener Crystal Kasey

Live Dance & Music Performers:  Johnny Fireseed & the Junkyard Dogs, Salsa-in-Lowell, Strive for Change Lifestyle Dance Crew

Local Food Vendors: Auntie’s Sweet Shop, Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus, Let’s Roll Eggrolls, Purple Carrot Bread Company, Sweet Lydia’s, The Zen Fuddhist, and the Mill City Grows Mobile Market

Local Artists:  Anne Cook, Julia D’Angelo, Claire Gagnon, Refuge Lowell, Jeffrey Lipsky, Derek Soohoo, and our event Face Painter, CREATEaARTS

Zero Waste Support Team:  UMass Lowell Office of Sustainability and the City of Lowell’s Solid Waste & Recycling Department. This year’s Zero Waste initiative was a great success; our entire event generated only three bags of trash!

Activity Partners:  Senior Whole Health, Tufts Health Plan, Align Credit Union, Coalition for a Better Acre, Lowell Recreation Department, YWCA of Lowell, Murkland School, Lowell National Historical Park, The Green Dragons, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Sutra Studio, Trinity Ambulance, Center for Hope & Healing, Community Teamwork Inc., Lowell Fire Department, Lowell Votes, Little Sprouts, Lowell General Hospital, Kevin Jarvis Woodworking, Lowell Humane Society, Flatbread Company, Whole Foods Market, The Mission Continues, The Miracle Providers NE, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Event Photographer:  Jennifer Myers

Thank you to our 2016 Harvest Festival Sponsors!

Annual Event Sponsors


Whole Foods

Nancy & Richard Donahue

Digital Federal Credit Union

Eastern Bank

Lowell General Hospital

Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union

Trinity EMS

Enterprise Bank

Plenus Group

Princeton Properties


Harvest Sponsors

Susan Mitchell Jim Waldo

Target Stores


Community Sponsors


Align Credit Union

UMass Lowell


Senior Whole Health

Flatbread Company


Tufts Health Plan