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Local Food Sourcing

Why Buy Local?

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!

Tips on Choosing Local Produce

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!

Local Farms

Mill City Grows

  • Mill City Grows fosters food justice in Lowell, Mass. They create urban food production sites and support Lowell residents with the knowledge and resources to grow their own food or purchase locally grown food.

Farmer Dave’s

  • A diversified farm in Dracut, Mass. that responsibly grows a myriad of vegetables and fruits. While offering a CSA membership with pickups in many surrounding communities, Farmer Dave’s operates farm stands and participates in local farmers markets, school tours and pick-your-own apples.

Shaw Farm

  • Since 1908, family run Shaw Farm has been providing high quality local dairy products to the Merrimack Valley.

Parlee Farms

  • Located on 93 acres along the Merrimack River in Tyngsboro, Mass., Parlee Farms is in its 31st year of growing fruits, flowers, and vegetables in an environmentally friendly way.

New Entry Food Hub

  • The New Entry Food Hub aims to build long term economic self-reliance and food security among farmers in eastern Massachusetts and their communities, and to expand access of healthy and culturally appropriate foods in underserved areas through production of locally grown foods.

Other Farms or Cooperatives that We Purchase From

  • Cabot
  • Hood
  • Red’s Best
  • Maine Family Farms
  • Bender Farms
  • Burch Farms
  • IJ Urban Farm
  • Wise Farms
  • Little G Farm
  • Deal Orchards

Farmers’ Markets

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.

Community Supported Agriculture Programs (CSAs)

UMass Lowell’s CSA program

Several of the farms listed above have CSA programs as well!