Celebrate Food Day 2018

Food Day, on October 24, celebrates the strength and diversity of the food system. Attend a public event to celebrate food and learn more about how these organizations are improving local food.  

Public Events

Mill City Grows’ 7th Annual Harvest Festival
At the North Common Park and Community Garden, Lowell
On Saturday, October 13 at 11am
Hosted by Mill City Grows
Celebrate the most bountiful season at Mill City Grows’ 7th Annual Harvest Festival! This FREE family-friendly event showcases our community’s growers and farmers and highlights cultural harvest and food traditions! Enjoy food demonstrations, hands-on craft activities, tours of Mill City Grows’ beautiful North Common Community Garden, local food trucks and food vendors, a farmers’ market, PLUS, our first Healthy Food Resource Fair! This year we’re welcoming back the joyful sounds of The Jamaica Plain Honk Band as our official LIVE Harvest Fest band!
Learn more here

Food Day Celebration          
At the Mattapan Farmers Market, Boston    
On Saturday, October 13 at 10am                                                                                                
Hosted by Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition and Mattapan ABCD HeadStart    
This event will celebrate the wonderful farmers market season. There will be food-related activities for kids.
For more information contact Vickey Siggers.     

Springfield Food Policy Council Annual Food Day      
At the Bishop Marshall Center, Springfield        
On Wednesday, October 17 at 5pm  
Hosted by the Springfield Food Policy Council  
Springfield Celebrates advances in the food system!
Learn more here or by contacting Liz O'Gilvie

Babson Food Day       
At Babson College, Wellesley        
On Wednesday, October 17 at 3pm  
Hosted by Food Sol at Babson College   
Eaters today truly touch every aspect of the food industry. Babson Food Day seeks to fuel the energy, creativity, and generosity of eaters and entrepreneurs working together to build a better food future.
Register here. Contact Rachel Greenberger for more information. 

Annual Food Day and Garlic Festival
At Fowler Clark Epstein Farm, 487 Norfolk Street, Mattapan
On Saturday, October 20 at 11am
Hosted by Urban Farming Institute of Boston
Come introduce your children to farming and growing food in the city. Activities include: food demonstrations, face painting, planting garlic, pumpkin decorating, and much more.
Learn more here

Groundwork Lawrence Farmers Market - Food Day
At Campagnone Common, Lawrence
On Wednesday, October 24 at 10am
Hosted by Groundwork Lawrence
Groundwork Lawrence is hosting a Food Day celebration at the Groundwork Farmers Market on Wednesday, October 24th from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Activities will include painting pumpkins and a delicious lunch of soup and salad prepared at the Lawrence Senior Center.
Learn more here

Ribbon Cutting of Project SOUP
At Project SOUP, 165 Broadway, Somerville
On Wednesday, October 24 at 11:30am
Hosted by the Somerville Homeless Coalition and the City of Somerville
Somerville Homeless Coalition in partnership with the City of Somerville is pleased to invite you to the official dedication and ribbon cutting of Project SOUP. We welcome all of you to join us for inspiring words from Mayor Curtatone, the vision for Project SOUP by SHC’s Executive Director, Erin G. Bradley and impacts on the community served by Project SOUP Manager, Rachel Weil. Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to Peg Drisko.

Lynn Grows - 1 year goals
Online at
On Wednesday, October 24 at 12pm
Organized by Lynn Grows
The Lynn Grows initiative will be releasing its 1 year goals to build a better food system in Lynn. Please check out our website to find out what work we'll be doing this upcoming year and ways that you can work with us to make this happen.  

Mobile Market and Open Garden at Tisbury School
At Tisbury School, Vineyard Haven
On Wednesday, October 24 at 2:30pm
Hosted by Island Grown Initiative
Our mobile market, featuring fresh local produce at wholesale cost will park at the Tisbury School. The school garden will be open to visitors. We will also be offering information about winter sources of local produce.
For more information contact the office

Gardening the Community MA Food Day
At 200 Walnut Street, Springfield
On Wednesday, October 24 at 4pm
Hosted by Gardening the Community 
A social gathering where people can come and learn more about fall vegetables and discuss with each other. The event will include apple tastings, workshops, raspberry pickings and a tour of our Walnut Street site as well as the farm stand.
Learn more here or by contacting Dondre Scott.

Fall Family Food Day  
At the Clasky Common Park, New Bedford
On Saturday, October 27 at 10am  
Hosted by Coastal Foodshed           
Join us Saturday October 27th to Celebrate National Food Day and to wrap up the end of our outdoor market season. National Food Day is about creating a vision that food that can be healthy, affordable and produced with care for the environment, farm animals and the people who grow, harvest and serve it. We will be having games, activities for youth and families, face painting, live music, Food themed Halloween costume contests, fire trucks, & much more!    
Learn more here or by contacting Stephanie Perks.       


School-based events that are not open to the public 

From The Ground Up Tomato Sauce Initiative         
At the Plymouth Public School Cafeterias    
On Wednesday, October 24
Hosted by UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program 
Healthy Plymouth, Terra-Cura, Plymouth Public School's Dept. of Food and Nutrition, the Plymouth Sheriff's department, and UMass Extension Nutrition Education program collaborated on this initiative. UMass Extension provided nutrition education at Hedge Elementary School, led the afterschool garden club, and helped at the school garden planting day. On that day, students planted the ingredients for the tomato sauce every school garden throughout Plymouth. All summer volunteers collected the ingredients and Terra-Cura delivered them to food services. Food services will prepare the tomato sauce on October 24 to be served for school lunch that day. A UMass Extension educator will join the Hedge elementary school cafeteria to serve samples of the sauce to all the students. Last year the students reported almost 100% satisfaction with the taste of their own locally grown tomato sauce and reported they would like to have more locally grown foods on their lunch menu.
Learn more here or by contacting Carole Guerin.

FoodCorps Celebrates Food Day in schools across the Commonwealth       
At Schools in Lawrence, Lowell, Springfield, Boston, Chelsea, Chicopee, Lynn, and Gloucester    
On Wednesday, October 24
Hosted by FoodCorps   
FoodCorps members serving in schools across the state will be celebrating Food Day with students by encouraging them to eat their fruits and veggies provided in their school lunch with a coordinated cafeteria-wide veggie dip or fruit crunch.  
For more information, contact Beth Zschau.    

Kindergarten Glean
At Morning Glory Farm, Edgartown
On Wednesday, October 24
Hosted by Island Grown Gleaning
Kindergarten students enjoy a morning on Morning Glory Farm harvesting excess or unsaleable produce. The produce will be delivered for free to local organizations serving elders, school kids, and low-income community members.
For more information, contact Jamie Tara O’Gorman.

Fresh Food is Fun (and Healthy) for Kids
At E3 Academy, Drury High School, North Adams
On Wednesday, October 24
Hosted by E3 Academy
The students of the E3 Academy, a program of Drury High School, will run a program of activities for the third grade at Greylock Elementary School. They will teach the younger children how to make delicious, fun (and healthy) snacks, then shoot a lip dub video with them. The students will return to the elementary school at a later date to share the video they make on Wednesday.
For more information, contact Abby Reifsnyder.

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