Teenie Greenies at Harvest on the Harbor

harvest on the harborTeenie Greenies, the popular microgreens grown by Cultivation Works, will be featured at the eighth annual Harvest on the Harbor on Saturday, October 24.

Coordinated by the Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau (GPCVB), Harvest on the Harbor is considered Maine’s premier food and wine festival, bringing together over 120 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries and Maine-made products. The festival extends from October 21-25 at two locations in Portland: the Ocean Gateway venue at 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, and Fore: the Portland Company, at 58 Fore Street. Teenie Greenies will be featured at the “Maine Marketplace” event on Fore Street.

The mission of Harvest on the Harbor is to promote Maine as a top culinary tourism destination to food-savvy travelers while increasing the economic impact for Maine businesses. The festival also seeks to contribute to the mission of the Good Shepherd Food Bank, a founding partner of Full Plates Full Potential, in their fight against childhood hunger in Maine.  The Good Shepherd Food Bank works to eliminate hunger in Maine by sourcing and distributing nutritious food to people in need. Full Plates Full Potential is a capacity-building, collaborative project dedicated to developing and implementing strategies to end child hunger.

As Lynn Tillotson, President and CEO of the GPCVB, states on the Harvest on the Harbor website, “I was stunned to learn one out of every four children in Maine are ‘food insecure’ . . . It is humbling to know that for as little as $10 you can feed a hungry child for 2 weeks.”

If past festivals are any indication, this year’s Harvest on the Harbor should provide a major contribution to the hunger initiative’s efforts. Tickets are expected to go fast, given the increasing interest in Maine cuisine and the amazing array of food and beverage tastings, educational sessions, and entertainment promised. In recent years, Maine’s organic produce, fish, meat and other goods that make up the local farm-to-table movement have exploded in popularity.

The festival will include numerous events, such as “Top of the Crop,” celebrating Maine’s agriculture and renowned chefs; the “Harvest Hop” beer and whiskey crawl; and the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition, to name just a few. The “Maine Marketplace” event, featuring Teenie Greenies, will offer foods that are unique to each of the eight regions of Maine.

For more event information and to purchase tickets, visit Harvest on the Harbor.

Microgreens from Cultivation Works are now served at over a dozen local restaurants in Southern Maine. Cultivation Works is one of the newest social enterprises from Creative Work Systems. For more information about the program, click here.