Celebrate the bounty at Duluth's Harvest Festival
The annual event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Bayfront Festival Park.
DULUTH — If you’re in the market for foods, farms and farmers markets, Lake Superior Harvest Festival has got you covered.
The family-friendly event is on, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Bayfront Festival Park.
Expect live music by Woodblind and Jen West, among others; artisanal goodies from Duluth's Best Bread, Two Harbors Baker and Superior's Elevated Spores; maypole dancing, arts and crafts, educational exhibits and much more.
Admission is free, and parking is $10.
Harvest Fest is hosted by the Lake Superior chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association. The organization promotes environmental stewardship and economic resilience through programs and demonstrations such as seed saving, garlic production, building a root cellar and growing hazelnuts — all for farmers, homesteaders and gardeners.
About 100 active households across Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin make up the local chapter. Among them: Agate Acres in Two Harbors, Growing Together in Duluth and Elsewhere Farm in Herbster.
And, the paramount mission is connection and peer-driven education.
“It can sound really romantic, but farming can be a lonely job,” said Julie Allen, the organization's coordinator. Farmer-to-farmer education is successful across the globe because it’s most effective, she added.
The Sustainable Farming Association hosts field days for members to tour other farms and share resources, as well as “farmers take the stage” variety shows and community cooking events.
The chapter also promotes education around decreasing food miles and supporting proper labor practices — values mirrored in the history of Harvest Festival.
In the early 1990s, local farmers Daniel Webster and Ken Peterson brainstormed ways to bring sustainable agriculture to the forefront in the Northland. Harvest Fest grew along with interest in locally grown food and building relationships with producers and growers.
In 2000, Harvest Fest featured an energy tent; in 2018, a renewable energy fair.
This year, it’s a zero-waste event, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., folks are invited to recycle their in-working-order dehumidifiers or air conditioning units on-site.
If you go
- What: 28th annual Lake Superior Harvest Festival
- When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 10
- Where: Bayfront Festival Park, 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth
- Cost: Free admission; $10 parking
- More info: sfa-mn.org/harvest-festival or @lakesuperiorsustainablefarmingassociation on Facebook
- Want to volunteer? Call 844-922-5573, ext. 709, or email email@example.com
- 10 a.m.: Colleen Myhre
- 11 a.m.: Woodblind
- 11:45 p.m.: Terrance Smith’s Maypole
- 12:15 p.m.: Skarlet Woods
- 1 p.m.: Ann Kathryn
- 1:45 p.m.: Terrance Smith’s Maypole
- 2:15 p.m.: Jen West
- 3 p.m.: Shane Nelson