Purchasing from small farms supports socioeconomic equality by preventing oligopolies from forming in the agriculture market. When food is sourced from local farms, meals can be fresher, healthier, and cause less greenhouse gas emissions due to the reduced need for transportation. Purchasing from the local community also helps to support those of our neighbors who wish to produce healthy and sustainable food!
There are several ways to buy local produce!
First off, you can visit a local farm. That way you both get to know how the food is produced and get to meet the farmers.
You can also support your local farmers at farmers’ markets or through a CSA program.
Lastly, you can read the labels of products at your supermarket to choose locally-grown produce instead of products from far away!
Mill City Grows
New Entry Food Hub
The Farm Market at Mill No. 5
Fresh, local food in a friendly and vibrant environment at the center of Lowell. Every Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., discover the hallways of Mill No. 5 filled with local vendors featuring farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan bread and pastries, locally sourced meat and eggs, and handmade craft goods. Live music is featured on the Hi-Hat stage. The Luna Theater features family friendly matinees every Sunday at 11:05 a.m. for $5 / ticket.
Lowell Farmers’ Market
Since 1979, Community Teamwork has sponsored the Lowell Farmers’ Market, offering fresh, locally grown produce from area farmers, as well as meats, fish, honey, baked goods, prepared meals, hand-crafts and more, in a beautiful, urban setting. While you shop, enjoy live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and activities for the whole family! Open Fridays, from July through October, the Lowell Farmers’ Market is a rare gem in the heart of Downtown Lowell.
UMass Lowell’s CSA program
Several of the farms listed above have CSA programs as well!