Brewer’s Fest, Gateless Trader Joe’s, Maine Farmers

The Maine Sunday Telegram includes a report on the 17th Annual Maine Brewers Festival,

The festival draws beer drinkers and beer makers from around the state. Ticket-buyers get a glass and tickets for up to 12 four-ounce tastes from brewers such as Shipyard, Allagash, Sheepscot and Geary’s.

and on the lack of a gate between the Bayside Trail which runs adjacent to Trader Joe’s.

Peter Quesada, whose Fore River Co. owns the land on Marginal Way, said his company “made a business judgment” to put up the fence between the trail and the store. He declined to say what that business judgment was based on.

Yesterday’s paper reported on the potential impact that a growth in farming can have on the state’s economy.

Seven panelists at an annual economic development forum told about 45 people in Maine business and government that agricultural development is key to a bright economic future. They also emphasized that more people are starting farms in Maine.

From 2002 to 2007, the number of farms jumped by nearly 1,000, to 8,136, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.