Archive for the ‘Farming’ Category

Gather Gardener Barter Program

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

This week’s Source reports on the home gardener barter established by Gather in Yarmouth.

Stephanie Ladd turned her green beans and peas into French toast last weekend.

This was not an act of magical gardening. Ladd is one of the home gardeners taking advantage of a garden-barter program at Gather restaurant in Yarmouth. Owner Matt Chappell put out the word in late July that he was looking to trade restaurant credit for produce, and Ladd heard about it from a friend.

Great East Butcher Co & SoPo Farmers’ Market

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The Forecaster reports that 3 former Meat House employees have taken over the defunct company’s former location in Scarborough and are launching the Great East Butcher Co.

Great East is hoping for a mid-August opening for its second store, at 450 Payne Road. The first opened in early July in Stratham, New Hampshire. Both are former locations of The Meat House, a choice Chad Parent said was made based on relationships Moulton already had with landlords.

This week’s paper also includes an article about the South Portland Farmers’ Market.

The outdoor market, held Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at City Hall, has unofficially attracted at least 100 customers a week – a small pool for the market’s 10 or 12 vendors. 

But its advocates, including market manager Caitlin Jordan of Alewife’s Brook Farm in Cape Elizabeth, remain optimistic about the market’s slow and steady growth.

MOFGA Receices $1M Grant

Friday, July 25th, 2014

The Partridge Foundation has made a $1 million grant to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. The grant comes with an additional $1 million challenge provided MOFGA can raise an equal amount.

According to a report from the Press Herald,

The Partridge Foundation awarded the money to “seed MOFGA’s work in encouraging a new generation of organic farmers,” according to a written statement from the foundation.

The statement adds that the grant reflects foundation founder Polly Guth’s “deep interest in healthful food and farming in her native New England.” Guth is a native of Manchester, New Hampshire, and her foundation has made grants to Maine organizations before, including several smaller grants to MOFGA.

Maine Open Farm Day

Friday, July 25th, 2014

PrintThis Sunday is Maine Open Farm Day, an opportunity to visit and learn more about our local farms. Two dozen farms in Cumberland and York counties are participating in the event this year.

For more information read this article from the American Journal.

Saveur: Maine’s Stay on the Landers

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Saveur has published a feature about the 2nd generation farmers of the Back to the Land movement in Maine.

As the rest of us get a taste for the benefits of eating local and organic, and small-scale farms start to become more viable, some of the sons and daughters of Maine’s Back to the Landers are staying put—literally on the land where they grew up—and dedicating themselves to small-scale farming with renewed vigor, despite the hardships they witnessed growing up, as many of their parents had to give up farming to make ends meet. “Stay on the Landers,” they sometimes call themselves—these kids, like Ben, who are following through on their parents’ dormant dreams, doing tough, rich work that doesn’t make a lot of money.

Farmers’ Market History, Part 2

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

The Maine Sunday Telegram has published an article (part 2 of 2) about the history of the Portland Farmers’ Market.

Over the centuries, the market rose and fell, and rose again, along with the fortunes of the city. Over the market’s 246-year lifespan, it has moved at least half a dozen times, operated indoors and out, sometimes at multiple locations, and has almost been extinguished by industrial agriculture and the popularity of supermarkets.

You can read part 1 of this article online.

Review of Rosie’s

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Rosie’s.

Over the years, Rosie’s has won several best burger in Portland awards, and their burgers still rank high. This casual eatery and bar remains a congenial hangout for regulars seeking pub food and good cocktails and beer in a Cheers-style atmosphere. Stick with the array of hamburger platters, the fried chicken and the generous sandwich baskets, such as the BLT with pastrami. Pizzas, calzones and chili are also popular. There are 15 draft beers, draft cider and nightly specials. Parking is available on the street or at nearby garages.

Today’s paper also includes a farmers market/super market comparison and the first of a two part farmers markets history series.

Source: Alewives & Monsanto

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram includes features on Maine’s relationship with Monsanto and Maine’s Alewife fishery.

Casco Bay Kelp Farming

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

The Business section in today’s Press Herald includes an update on Ocean Approved and their kelp farming operation in Casco Bay.

Dobbins said the potential market for the product is huge. Kelp is a $5 billion-a-year industry worldwide, and almost all of it is harvested and dried in Asia, where kelp farms are spread across entire bays. It is a staple of the Asian diet, a nutritious vegetable that doesn’t require any land, fresh water irrigation or fertilizer to produce.

Ocean Approved wants American consumers to think of kelp as a vegetable that can be served with a lot of mainstream dishes rather than just an ingredient in a sushi roll.

Launch of Source

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Today marks the digital and print debut of Source, a new weekly section in the Maine Sunday Telegram dedicated to “sustainable eating and living” in Maine. The inaugural edition of Source is 22 pages long and includes more than a dozen articles.

One article you should definitely set aside some time to read is the front page piece by Meredith Goad and Mary Pols. It tells the sweeping story of the local food movement in Maine, from Helen and Scott Nearing, homesteading pioneers in the 1950s, to vibrant food scene of today.

Brewer:Farmer Connection at Risk

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News, MPBN and Press Herald have all reported on the impact of proposed federal rules that would limit the ability of farmers to source spent grain from brewers to feed their livestock.

Commercial beer makers are seeking a reprieve from a proposed federal rule that they say will cost them a lot of money, and also hurt local farmers. For centuries, brewers have been handing over their spent grain – a byproduct of the beer-making process – to farmers to use as cattle feed. But they’re worried that mutually beneficial arrangement could soon come to an end.

Will Bonsall, Maine Seed Saver

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

There’s an interesting article in today’s Maine Sunday Telegram about Maine farmer Will Bonsall, a leader in the seed saver movement.

The expectation is that Bonsall, 64, will always have at least 700 varieties of potatoes tucked away for posterity, and that every year he will faithfully grow them out, harvest them, share some with other avid growers across the country and put a sampling of each variety back in the cellar in anticipation of the next crop. But a philosophical and political rift with the Iowa-based Seed Savers Exchange, the national seed saving group that helped fund his curating career, has put Bonsall’s potatoes, some deeply obscure and ancient, in jeopardy.

The Hop Yard

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

The Press Herald has written an article about The Hop Yard, a Maine-based hop farm.

The four principal players in the Hop Yard, already growing hops in Gorham and Fort Fairfield, hope to expand hops farming in Maine by buying a hops harvester, at least for their own use, and a hops pelletizer that could be used – for a fee – by any hops grower in Maine.

Miyake Farms

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The Portland Phoenix has published an article about Miyake Farms.

The pigs make a racket, squealing and grunting, anticipating another meal, as we gingerly approach on paths of melting snow and ice. I’m in Freeport, where chef Masa Miyake has turned his Freeport backyard into a full-fledged hog farm; farm manager Emily Phillips built paddocks for the pigs and moved them closer to the house for the winter.

Potential Changes for SoPo Farmers Market

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

South Portland is considering changing the location and day of the week for the city’s farmers market.

After a summary of an online market survey created and tabulated by city resident Ruth Price, farmers market association director Caitlin Jordan said she will check with vendors about operating the market on Sundays instead of Thursdays.

Several councilors, meanwhile, suggested moving the market from Hinckley Drive to the nearby City Hall parking lot off Thomas Street.