Archive for July, 2009

Best Maine Meal Recipe Contest

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

While Granite Staters are celebrating NH Eat Local Month, Mainers have a Best Maine Meal Recipe Contest!:

Maine Fare and MaineToday.com are challenging all Maine food lovers to eat local. We’re also asking you to share your recipes featuring Maine grown, raised and produced products in the Best Maine Meal Recipe Contest.

We want recipes featuring Maine fruits and vegetables, poultry and seafood, pork and beef, dairy products, eggs, honey, condiments and more. Two lucky winners will receive tickets to the Maine Fare food festival in September, an overnight stay in Camden and the chance to cook with local pros Sam Hayward at Fore Street and Jeff Landry at Farmer’s Table. Two second place winners will receive a pair of Marketplace tickets.

All you need to do is post your recipe on their website by August 21st to enter. (And actually, it only says Maine food lovers, doesn’t really say anything about residency requirements!)

I was able to attend the Maine Fare its inaugural year two years ago, and it was an incredible opportunity to see a healthy and robust local food system in action. I’m sure it has only grown from there!

NOFA summer workshops

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

A bit further afield, but in case anyone is looking for a great mini-vacation-while-learning-lots next week, NOFA is having its summer workshops.

Just some of the many workshops lined up:

Animal Power in Vegetable Fields
Growing Small Fruits
Rethinking Local Agricultural Infrastructure
Sausage Making, Smoking & Curing at Home
TOUR: Hampshire College Farm Tour
What You ACTUALLY NEED to Live Off the Grid, and Why
Carbon Negative Farming & Climate Change
Growing Broccoli and other Brassicas
Growing Food and Family: Homestead Production
Local Produce for Low-Income Communities
Owner-Built Straw Bale Home Construction
Starting a CSA
The Raw Milk Revolution
TOUR: Simple Gifts Farm’s CSA Management
Vegetable Production for the Fall Market

There is so very much more – visit www.nofasummerconference.org for full line up and details

new sign!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

The Northwood Farmers’ Market has a new sign!

Visit them on Thursdays at the junction of routes 4, 9, and 202 every Thursday from 3-6:30 pm.

inexpensive Cod at Seaport Fish

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Seaport Fish is offering a special on Local Dayboat Cod for $ 4.95lb
Landed in Portsmouth by the Fishing Vessel Lady Mae
Seaport Fish                                                          Seaport at Fiddlehead Farms
13 Sagamore Rd                                                          920 Central Rd
Rye NH                                                                       Dover NH
603-436-7286                                                               603-742-0393

For a discussion on the sustainability of cod, visit NAMA’s website, where members of their CSF and NAMA staff have been discussing the differences between locally caught cod and the more general cod available through unknown channels in the grocery store: Comments 153 + 154

Shrimp CSF this winter!

Monday, July 27th, 2009

I’m very excited to share the news that the Yankee Fishermen’s Coop will be offering a northern shrimp CSF (Community Supported Fishery) for 8 weeks this coming winter.

At this time, they are looking to gauge interest and figure out where pick up locations should be held. So fill out their form if you are thinking about it so that they can contact you when shares go on sale! (And remember, northern shrimp freeze really well – this would be a great way to make sure you get your shrimp and have some to fill your freezer for the rest of the year!)

The Yankee Fisherman’s Cooperative (YFC) will be offering shares for the upcoming Northern Shrimp season. As a participant in the community supported fishery, you will be supporting the NH commercial fishing industry and a sustainably harvested resource. Your shrimp will also carry the NH Fresh and Local brand which ensures that it was landed in NH and is the freshest available.

WHAT YOU WILL GET
- An 8-week subscription to the winter CSF (January – February)
- HALF share of whole shrimp: 5 lbs per week
- FULL share of whole shrimp: 10 lbs per week FULL shares are $128 ($1.60 per pound), HALF shares are $72 ($1.80 per pound) Please use the link below to fill out the interest application and a member of the fisheries cooperative will contact you.

Interested? Fill out this form >


Governor Lynch to kick off NH Eat Local Month!

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Governor Lynch will be on hand at the Concord Farmers’ Market on August 1st to launch both NH Eat Local Month and Farmers’ Market Week! A special kick off celebration will be held on August 1st, 9 am at the Concord Farmers’ Market. NH Commissioner of Agriculture, Lorraine Merrill will welcome Governor John Lynch and First Lady, Dr. Susan Lynch to the market, along with many other guests, farmers and shoppers.

August is New Hampshire Eat Local Month!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

From the Market Bulletin:

Last year’s first New Hampshire Eat Local Week was such a success that this year Govenor Lynch is declarning the whole month of August as New Hampshire Eat Local Month. Granite Staters are invited to spend August discovering and enjoying all that our farmers have to offer. State-wide and local and regional organizations are preparing a host of activities and events around four weekly themes.

The first week’s theme, Getting Started with Farmers’ Markets, coincides with National Farmers Market Week and will feature pointers on how to find local foods. Week two, Farmily to the Farm, will highlight activities to get families to farms — such as PYO, tours, and more. Sharing the Harvest, the theme for the third week, will stress ways to reach out to help the less fortunate obtain fresh, healthy, locally produced food–gleaning activities, donating extra produce, promoting farmers market WIC coupons, etc. Week four will focus on Thinking Ahead, providing information on food preservation, season extension, and traditional seasonal menu planning.

Special Growers Dinners, local food challenges, and pot luck suppers and picnics are encouraged throughout NH Eat Local Month. See the New Hampshire Eat Local website at www.nheatlocal.org for event listings and links to partner organizations and local area programs — and add your own ideas and plans for celebrating NH’s locally grown bounty!

Maine Open Farm Day Sunday July 26

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Sunday July 26 is Maine’s Open Farm Day, with over 100 farms throughout the state of Maine participating.

from the website: “Visit a farm and see what farm life is all about. Watch farm activities and demonstrations from milking to felting; pet farm animals, pick berries, tour a barn or go on a hay ride. There will be farm-raised products for sale, displays to see and samples to taste”

In York county, we have 16 farms participating, including a blueberry farm, a flower farm, 2 dairy farms, an apple orchard, 7 alpaca farms (!),   a Highland beef and Iclandic sheep operation, a diversified farm/homestead that has sustainably constructed buildings, a goat farm, and a vegetable farm. Each is offering something special for the day – tours of the farm, but also hayrides through the fields, sampling of food, the ability to harvest your own food, interacting with animals, try your hand at spinning alpaca fiber, and more. Details below for the participating farms in York county, visit the Get Real Get Maine website for details for other Maine counties.

Blueberry Hill Farm
Kevin & Darlene Ham Katie & Nicholas
231 Blueberry Hill Road, Acton
Pick-Your-Own Highbush Blueberries
Recent research shows that blueberries have a high concentration of antioxidants believed to fight cancer and heart disease.  Learn this and other health benefits of blueberries.  Free coffee and a variety of blueberry goodies to try.  Free recipes, too.
Hours:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Directions:  Located 5 miles off Rt. 202 just over the Lebanon town line in Acton, Maine.  Look for their signs on Rt. 202 and at the end of their road.

Fern Cottage Gardens
William & Eileen Harmon
423 Cat Mousam Road/Rte. 99, Kennebunk
Cut Flowers, Greenhouses & Flower Shop
Our farm specializes in cut flowers and ornamental plants, including many varieties from the Proven Winner series.  Weather permitting – everyone is encouraged to tour the gardens, there will be hayrides and seed planting. Don’t forget your camera. Visit the flower shop for cut flowers, instructions on fresh flower care and local crafts. Refreshments will be served.  For more information visit www. Ferncottagegardens.com. Handicap Accessible / Capable of handling small group tours.
Hours:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Directions:  From downtown Kennebunk – Main St./Rte.1 to the Dairy Queen, Turn onto Rte.9A, Turn right onto Rte. 99/ Cat Mousam Road, Drive about 2 miles, we’re on the right – look for sign.

Greenbriar Llama Karma Farm
Lynd & Jeanne Blatchford
759  Turkey Street, North Berwick
Llama
We are a breeding farm with a foundation stock of 23 llamas.  We specialize in helping first-time llama buyers; families looking for companion animals and farmers needing guard animals for alpacas or sheep.  We provide a tour of the farm followed by a question and answer period covering all aspects of llamas including care, feeding, reproduction, uses and history.  Fiber and yarn will be available for sale.
Hours:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Directions:  From Exit 19 on the Maine Turnpike take Route 9 into North Berwick center.  At the traffic light turn right onto Route 4.  Take the second left, Lebanon Road, to Five Corners (about 1 1/2 miles).  At Five Corners cross directly over to Turkey Street.  Follow Turkey Street for 3 1/2 miles.  The farm is on the left.  Look for the sign.

Harris Farm
Harris Family
262 Buzzell Road, Dayton
Diversified Dairy and Vegetable
Harris Farm is a diversified dairy farm specializing in direct marketing their own farm grown products including glass-bottled milk, butter, beef and veal, vegetables and sweet corn.  During Open Farm Day the annual “Lunch on the Land” (church fundraiser) will be held.  This old-fashioned picnic lunch from 11:00 – 2:00 will feature the farm’s own products as well as homemade salads and desserts. Guided tractor-drawn hay ride tours of the farm will be available.
Hours:  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Directions:  From ME turnpike take Exit 25 (old exit 3) – head north on Rt. 35 – 11 1/2 miles through Goodwins Mills to Buzzell Road on right.  Travel 1 mile east.  From inland Maine take Rt. 35 south through intersection of Rt. # 5 to Buzzell Road.  Turn left and travel 1 mile east.

Leary Farm, Inc.
Tim & Jim Leary
269 Flag Pond Road, Saco
Dairy
Our farm is family run, we milk 50 holstein and our milk is sold to Oakhurst Dairy.  Tours of the milking facility and animals will be given.  We also raise chickens for eggs and turkeys for Thanksgiving.
Hours:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Directions:  From the Turnpike take exit 36.  Merge on I-95 E towards Saco/Old Orchard Beach.  Take exit 2B, merge on to Main Street/Rt. 1 towards Saco/Portland Road.  Follow Rt. 1 about 3 miles.  Farm is 1.8 miles on Flag Pond Road, on the right.

Long Plains Alpacas
Marcia MacDonald & Desmond Williams
P. O. Box 754, Buxton
Alpaca Farm
We are an established alpaca farm with a herd of 40+ animals.  We will have lots of information on raising alpacas.  We are passionate about our fiber and have a shop that sells our own fiber products, featuring handpainted and natural plant dyed yarns, roving and many heirloom quality hand knits.  Come meet our herd!  Come see our new line of perrenial gardens.
Hours:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Directions:  From Outer Congress Street in Portland (route 22) follow this through to Buxton.  The farm is located  just before the intersection of Route 22 and Route 112.  It is the old farm with attached barn on the left.

Maple Hill Farms
Howard & Edna Carr
84 Old Limington Road, Cornish
Registered Alpacas
Come meet our alpacas (should have babies by then), plus spinning demonstrations, hayrides and refreshments.  Farm store open with Maine made products and, of course, wonderfully soft alpaca clothing and yarns.
Hours:  10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Directions:  Turn off Rt 25 (Main Street) onto High Street at Village Park.  Go 1 1/2 miles to only left – Old Limington Road.  Take left there and they are 1/2 mile on the left with sign at the driveway.

McDougal Orchards
Ellen McAdam, Robert & Evan McDougal
201 Hanson Ridge Road, Springvale
Diversified Family Farm
This is a seventh generation family farm located on approximately 300 acres.   The primary crop is apples. Other tree fruit is grown, as well as sweet corn, pumpkins, and fall bearing raspberries. Maps and informational brochures will be provided. Take a hike on the trails and enjoy the beautiful farm.  Family members will be on hand to answer questions.  For more information visit our website at www.mcdougalorchards.com or call 207-324-5054.
Hours:  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Directions:  From Route 109 take Route 202 West for 1/2 mile.  Take a right on Hanson Ridge Road.  The farm is approximately one mile on the right.

Neverdun Farm
Marylyn & Stacy Wentworth
259 Log Cabin Road, Arundel
Diversified Organic
This is a self-sufficient cooperative farm with a large vegetable garden, fruit trees, berries, milk goats, chickens and turkeys.  They have many solar devices, along with a small strawbale cottage. There will be garden tours, discussions of permaculture, and tours of the solar mechanics, greenhouses, composting operations, solar dryer and composting toilets.  Sample ideal herbal fruit teas and home-made cheese and crackers.
Hours:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Directions:  From Kennebunk, Rt. US 1 North approximately 2 1/2 miles, turn right at the lights onto Log Cabin Road, go to the railroad tracks.  Farm is the second driveway on the left.  From Biddeford, take US Rt. 1 South, approximately 3 1/2 miles to the lights, turn left onto Log Cabin Road, go across the railroad tracks. The farm is the second driveway on the left with #259 on the tree.

Oakhill Alpaca Ranch
Bob & Donna Ferrera
1385 Shapleigh Corner Road, Shapleigh
Alpaca Ranch, Blueberry Picking
Oakhill Alpaca Ranch is located in the small town of Shapleigh.  The ranch sits on 76 aces of beautiful mountain ranges.  A great time to visit their award winning herd of colorful Alpacas!  Visit “The Alpaca Shoppe” where you will find many gifts celebrating the great outdoors.  There will be hayrides around the ranch, refreshments offered and Alpaca Tours.  The Ferrara’s will be available to answer any questions you may have about Alpacas.  Pick-your-blueberries (in season).
Hours:  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Directions:  Take the Maine Turnpike to Exit 19 (old exit 2).  Take Route 109 to Sanford.  Stay on Route 109 until you reach Shapleigh.  Turn right onto Route 11 (also known as Shapleigh Corner Road).  We are approximately 6.5 miles on the right across from the soccer field.

Pamelamas, LLC
Pamela Drew
P O Box 1139, Kennebunkport
Alpaca breeding farm
Alpaca breeding and fiber farm.  Alpacas produce a fiber that is soft, luxurious, warm, and light-weight.  General info on alpacas, fiber, health, husbandry and breeding will be available.  Items for sale – raw fleeces and yarns from our own alpacas, spun at Maine fiber mills; socks, scarves, hats and other items, handcrafted from our own fiber products.  Refreshments available, and free coloring books for the kids.
Hours:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Directions:  From the South, take Route 1 for about 2 miles north of downtown Kennebunk.  At the light turn left onto Limerick Road.  The farm is one mile on the left at 233 Limerick Road.  From the North, Exit 32 Biddeford, take Route 1 south about 3.5 miles to a light and turn right on to Campground Road.  Go 1 mile to the end of Campground Road and turn left on to Limerick Road.  Go .8miles, and the farm is on the right at 233 Limerick Road.

Pondview Farm
Mark & Susan Faunce
691 Ossipee Trail, Limington
Icelandic Sheep, Highland Cattle & Wholesale Greenhouse
We have a diversified farm, growing Scottish Highland Cattle for beef.  Our farm also has Icelandic sheep for fiber, meat and registered breed stock.  We also have  wholesale greenhouse annuals and fiber for sale and will be demonstrating spinning.
Hours:  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Directions:  Ossipee trail is Route 25, near Cornish town line and junction of Route 117, sign out front says Pondview Farm.

Sea Hill Farm Alpacas, LLC
Paula Ickeringill & Wendy Turner
621 Haley Road, Kittery Point
Alpaca
This is a small full-time farm offering alpacas in all colors with champion bloodlines for breeding and fiber, plus fiber products.  Visitors are invited to see baby alpacas, yearlings doing obstacle course demonstrations, spinning yarn demos and other farm animals (mini donkeys, pygmy goats, shetland sheep, geese and ducks).   Raw fiber, yarn and finished alpaca apparel available for sale. Come learn about alpacas in our new barn, rain or shine!  Handicap Accessible.
Hours:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Directions:  From Interstate 95 take exit 2, follow Rt 236 South to the Kittery traffic circle, turn right at the Bagel Caboose and follow Rt 236 which becomes Rte 103 East. It is 3.6 miles to Kittery Point Citgo, bear left at triangle onto Haley Road.  Sea Hill Farm is the 2nd driveway on the right.  Park along the road and walk up the driveway.  Limited parking available at the top of drive.

Snell Family Farm
John & Ramona Snell
P. O. Box 326, Bar Mills
Vegetables, Greenhouse, Perennials, Raspberries
The Snell’s diversified farm season begins greenhouse crops and perennials, including water lilies and other aquatic plants.  On Open Farm Day the Snells offer walking tours.  Visitors are able to check out farming equipment, harvest garlic, finger out potatoes, visit the greenhouses, sample fresh vegetables and test a batch of sour pickles.  PYO raspberries will likely be available.  Everyone is invited to return through pumpkin time with fall vegetables and PYO apples.  Visit out website, www.snellfamilyfarm.com.
Hours:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Directions:  From Portland follow Route 22 west, from Gorham take Route 202 west, from Saco follow Rte 112, 10 miles north.

White Barn Meadows Alpacas
Nancy Durst
458 River Road, Buxton
Alpaca  Fiber Farm
Visit Maine’s only alpaca farm that specializes in selling affordable non-breeding males or what is commonly known as geldings.  Nancy will answer questions on barn and fence set-up, herd management and the joy of owning these beautiful wide-eyed luxury fiber males.  Our farm store will be open.  Choose from a variety of items such as alpaca teddy bears, socks, scarves, hats, gloves and beautiful yarn/roving produced from our animals.  River Road. Is Route 112. Visit www.whitebarnmeadows.com or map-Quest for directions.
Hours:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Directions:  Take Rt 4 south to intersection with Rt 4A, turn right on Rt 4A and follow for .7 miles and take a right at the blinking yellow light onto Rt 112 north.  Go straight 3.2 miles and the farm is #458 on the right.

Wright’s Haven Farm
Deborah Wright
307 Ossipee Trail, Limington
Miniature Jerseys & Cashmere Goats
We are a Maine farm dedicated to producing the highest quality miniature Jerseys, miniature Irish Jerseys, and cashmere goats.  Additionally we raise chickens, ducks, sheep, pigs, llama, and nubian goats.  Our animals are raised for milk, meat and fiber.  Animals are available for petting and farm tours on request.  For more information please visit http://www.udderandfiber.com/home.html.
Hours:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Directions:  Located on Rt. 25, 1 mile from the junction of Rts. 11 & 25 headed towards Cornish.

Food Preservation Workshops

Monday, July 20th, 2009

From the New Eden Collaborative of First Parish Church in Newbury comes this very exciting series of classes:

 

Wondering what to do with all those great fruit and veggies from your garden, farmers’ market or CSA?  How about preserving those fleeting moments of Summer Sunshine through home food preservation?

New Eden Collaborative of First Parish Church is pleased to announce their first sustainable cooking series.  The series feature demonstrations on most forms of traditional food preservation and are timed to peak harvest times of the featured fruit or vegetable.

Each class taught by an award winning food preserver and will demonstrate the stages of food preservation and each participant can take home a jar of the results.  The cost for each class is $15 . The classes run from 6:45 – 8:30 and will be held at the First Parish Church of Newbury kitchen at 20 High Road, Newbury. The first class is on July 29 and will run every other Wednesday going through October 7. Class limit is 10, Reservations are required and are excepted till the Momday before class. Payment is due at the beginning of class. To reserve your spot, contact Erin Stack at erinstack@comcast.net or call 978-499-0096

Below are the class listings, and in the true spirit of the New Eden Collaborative, the classes are taught by members of organizations that are some of our favorite collaborators.

July 29:             Jam, Jellies, Preserves, and Conserves: Participants will make Blueberry Jam. Taught by Tory Dolben (NSPG – North Shore Permaculture Group)

August 12:        Salt and Sugar Preservation: Participants will make  Bread and Butter Pickles. Taught by Deb Cinamon Whalen (GAL – Green Artists League)

August 26:     Pickling: Participants will make Dilly Beans and End of Garden Pickles: Taught by Tory Dolben (NSPG)

September 9:  Lacto-fermentation: Participants will make Sauerkraut. Taught by Charlotte Dion (Transition Newburyport and NSPG)

September 23: Fruit Drying and Preservation: Peach demo, dried slices, canned nectar, jam.  Taught by Tory Dolben (NSPG)

October 7,  Apples, Apples, Apples!!! Preservation of Applesauce, Apple juice, Apple butter, and Dried Apple Rings. Participants will make Apple Sauce. Taught by Tory Dolben (NSPG)

Instructor Bios:

Tory Dolben has a life long love affair with food, winning her fist blue ribbons for canning at the Plymouth State Fair in the 80’s. She most recently amassed 30 “blues” in the 2008 Topsfield Fair canning competition. Her passion for food, local, organic, sustainable, along with a master’s degree in Health Communication grant her a unique perspective. She is excited to have the opportunity to share her skills in food preservation with you!

Deb Cinamon Whalen, environmental artist and activist and NOFA (New England Organic Farming Association) Certified instructor has been making bread and butter pickles for 25  years. The recipe she uses is a blue ribbon winner at The Deerfield  Fair, and old family favorite  from the Arnold family of Crarryville,  New York.

Charlotte Dion has been using Lacto-fermentation methods for over 8 years. Charlotte is also the organizer of the North Shore Permaculture Group

Bee Program at the Portsmouth Public Library, Thursday July 30

Monday, July 20th, 2009

“Honeybees in Your Garden: Keeping or Attracting These Premier Pollinators,” on Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at the Portsmouth Public Library. Free and open to the public.

An article in the Portsmouth Herald interviewed the presenter and tells more:

It’s not just about the honey.

While honeybees are busy gathering flower nectar to make one of the most perfect foods in nature, one bee may buzz through a thousand flowers a day.

By pollinating food and animal forage crops, honeybees are part of the life cycle of about one-third of the food we eat. But these hard-working insects are under threat from colony collapse disorder and other environmental stresses and they could use a little help right now.

Keeping honeybees alive, thriving and pollinating, as well as a renewed interest in backyard farming, has made the ancient and homely art of beekeeping cool again.

“In agriculture and in our own backyards, if we can’t get pollinators in there, we have a real problem,” said local beekeeper Amy Antonucci.

read the full article >