The Annual Mercer Green Fest, formerly called The Living Local Expo, invites all Mercer residents to join us in having fun and promoting Green Living for Mercer County families on St. Patrick’s Day! The festival will be at Rider University’s Student Center located on the main campus in Lawrence Township. It is free and open to the public, from 11 am to 4 pm. This event will feature live entertainment, local sustainable businesses, area artists, sustainable community groups, a farmer’s market, local fresh food at our lunch café, demonstrations, and entertainment throughout the day. Fun for the whole family!

More than 75 eco-friendly businesses, organizations, and schools will be offering information and incentives to help you go green and save money. Visitors can learn about a variety of sustainability issues and exciting community projects such as bike trails, food waste recycling programs, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, health, exercise and wellness, and robotics projects from area schools and groups.

The Rider University Schimek Family Fitness Center will be open.

This year’s event will feature the Grammy Award nominated Miss Amy’s Band, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, and Eyes of the Wild with their wildlife show, 1:00 pm – 2 pm. Lyle Rowling, AKA Solar Man, will show kids how solar energy is made with a solar panel, 2:00 – 3:00 pm. There’s plenty for the kids to do too. Artists from Artworks in Trenton will display works that are upcycled from trash. Demonstrations throughout the day will show visitors how to make their own upcycled art.

An indoor farmers market will feature a great variety of locally produced fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and honey, as well as flowers, plants, herbs, and artisan food products. A family friendly lunch celebrating locally grown and seasonal ingredients from Terhune Orchards will be available for purchase all day.

The Mercer Green Fest is presented by the following organizations from the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition: the East Windsor Clean Communities Advisory Committee and Environmental Commission, the Ewing Green Team and Environmental Commission, the Hopewell Valley Green Team, the Lawrence Township Environmental Resources & Sustainability Green Advisory Committee (ERSGAC), the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability, Sustainable Lawrence, Sustainable Princeton, the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, and the West Windsor Township Environmental Commission.

“Help the fight against hunger. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to HomeFront and receive a reusable tote bag.”

Secure a spot through March 10th by contacting Teresita Bastides-Heron of Sustainable Lawrence at  Vendors interested in participating in the farmers market can download an application form at

Bring your whole family, meet your neighbors, enjoy the afternoon and learn how Mercer County area residents and business are building sustainable communities. We look forward to seeing you there!