Boston Local Food Festival

Presented by Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts

New England Food Vision at The Festival

SBN is excited to be partnering for a fifth year with the Food Solutions New England (FSNE) regional network to present “The New England Village” at this year’s festival. The Village follows on the Massachusetts launch and announcement of FSNE’s “50 by 60” vision at the 2014 Boston Local Food Festival. A New England Food Vision calls for our region to build the capacity to produce and harvest at least 50% of sustainable, fair, just, and accessible food and fish for all people in New England by 2060.

The New England Village will highlight a select few of our New England vendors as a sampling of how easy it is to support and celebrate our region’s interconnection, making a vision of 50 by 60 come to life! The New England Village is a feature of the Boston Local Food Festival demonstrating how states in New England are working together to realize A New England Food Vision: 50 by 60.



1:00 – 2:00 PM:

Meet the Authors of a New England Food Vision in the “50 by 60” Gallery, where you can take a closer look at the Vision and where it takes us!

2:00 – 3:00 PM and 3:00-4:00 PM:

Meet Lauren Almquist, herbalist & gardener and founder of Heartspace Herbals & Garden Design. Join Lauren to explore the healing and nourishing properties of easy-to-grow herbs and medicinal plants. You will sample and befriend herbs that nourish and support the body, mind and soul. Ideas for simple preparations and recipes will be offered, with time for reflection about what’s possible in the garden, porch, or yard.

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM:

Meet Vendors from around New England and learn more about our regional food system. Featured vendors and exhibitors in year’s New England Village include:

  • Ackermann Maple Farm, Cabot, VT with maple cream, maple candy, maple sugar and maple syrup crafted in their sugar shack from their family-owned 6,400 taps and 76-acre hillside of Vermont’s sugar maples. Everything maple. how sweet it is!
  • African Alliance of Rhode Island, Providence, RI with its own relish made from Garden egg, a type of eggplant grown as a main African crop in their community garden. Also a tangy carrot/apple jam, ingredients sourced from a local farm through Farm Fresh Rhode Island and its Harvest Kitchen. Take home fresh African vegetables and recipes to make your own dish!

  • Beth Bakes, Middleton, RI with delicious artisanal crackers in three flavors: Currant Fennel, Pumpkin Seed Cumin and Crispy Classic (plain).  A member of Hope & Main,  these crackers are made whole grain flours, these crackers are gluten free, vegan, and nut free. For something sweet, try her Chocolate Sea Salt cookies that are gluten and dairy free and super chocolate-y…yum!
  • Little Acre Gourmet, Dover NH, with unique ketchup and sauces that balance five basic tastes: umami, sour, sweet, salt, and bitter. In 2018, their More Spicy Ketchup received first place in the ketchup category at The International Flavor Awards.
  • Real Pickles Cooperative, Greenfield, MA with jars of organic produce turned into dill pickles, along with a variety of “Kraut” including garlic and shallot/herb. and sauces of hot tomatillo and hot red pepper.  Recipient of 2017 SBN MA Sustainable Business of the Year: Small Business award, other vegetables such as organic red cabbage, beets, ginger carrots will also be on hand to add more texture for every pallet! Sourced directly from MA farms that include Atlas Farm (S. Deerfield), Red Fire Farm (Granby) and Old Friends Farm (Amherst). 

  • Red Apple Farm, Phillipston, MA with a taste of their farm. You will enjoy their locally sourced and grown specialties foods that include freshly popped kettle corn using Pioneer Valley Popcorn corn kernels grown locally in Colrain, MA; caramel apples featuring their own MA grown apples dipped in fresh caramel; freshly pressed unpasteurized apple cider. Don’t miss their signature apple cider donuts made right at the Boston Public Market using their own unpasteurized apple cider, rolled in cinnamon sugar!
  • Tamim Teas, Arlington MA with a tea of unique pairings of mushrooms and tasty organic herbs. Its health benefits along with long-time therapeutic uses in eastern medicine makes these mushroom teas not only delicious yet also stay true to tradition.
  • Thistle’s All Natural, Loudon, NH with vegetables grown in their own back yard, zucchini salsa, mild, medium and hot! Inspired by grandmother and father, this family tradition is for the tasting!