Archive for July 29th, 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