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How farmers stay busy during the colder months in Maine
When we think of farms, fruits and vegetables, and the bounty of the garden, we don't usually think of February — at least not in Maine, and definitely not after a blizzard of historic proportions.
A year-round occupation
| February 15, 2013
Maine farmers start growing ginger
When chef Aaron Park pickled a batch of fresh, young ginger this fall, its color amazed him.
| November 09, 2012
Local farmers get creative to stand out
With a limited growing season and high demand for local food, Maine farmers have a short window of time to get their products to the public.
The fruits of their labor
| July 20, 2012
No matter how you get fresh food, you can get it
Even with Maine's short growing season, farmers all over the state are working to accommodate the needs of their customers who want to eat locally year-round.
| February 03, 2012
The Portland Farmers' Market reaches a wider audience
Even on a chilly Saturday morning in November, there's a steady stream of people weaving through the nearly two-dozen farm stands lined up in Deering Oaks Park.
| November 11, 2011
Fertile Underground sprouts on the West Side
The food revolution is coming to a grocery store near you.
| July 08, 2011
Raising chickens within city limits
Six-year-old Fuchsia Harmon races around the soggy backyard rounding up the family's flock of chickens.
| April 29, 2011
Get a glimpse of Open Waters' Farms and Fables project
Last summer, four theater artists experienced a rather different kind of arts residency: They spent months on three local farms, planting, weeding, and talking with farm workers.
Planting seeds for the future
| April 08, 2011
Meet your meat
Opening the door to a large walk-in cooler and seeing a massive cow carcass hanging from a metal hook is a slightly jolting reminder that meat doesn't just appear in neat little packages in the grocery store.
Does your butcher make house calls?
| March 04, 2011
Another row to hoe
Big news coming out of the Maine Agricultural Trades Show earlier this month (from which the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, MOFGA, was bizarrely excluded): the Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) announced a $50 million campaign to preserve 100
| January 21, 2011
Farming and the future
The announcement of the Maine Farmland Trust's ambitious 100,000-acre preservation goal wasn't the only farming news this month (see " Another row to hoe "). And, some thoughts about what lies ahead on the green front.
| January 21, 2011
Eat, buy, love: A mini Going Green gift guide.
As I write this, I'm slurping down a soup made of roasted broccoli, celery root, garlic, and broth. I'd never cooked with celery root before, but I had to learn fast — the ugly-but-tasty vegetable was included in the first box of winter farm-share produ
| November 26, 2010
From farm to Thanksgiving table
I've never cooked a turkey for Thanksgiving. Sure, I've helped pack the bird with stuffing and paid my dues basting it throughout the day, but so far I've managed to avoid ultimate responsibility. Frankly, it's too much pressure. But at least I would ru
Talking turkey with a man who raises and kills them
| November 12, 2010
Farms and Fables project well underway
We've written before about the Open Waters Theatre Arts Of Farms and Fables project, and its founder, Jennie Hahn. If the storytelling adventure, which combines...
| June 14, 2010
Pigs! (Going Green preview)
In next week's Going Green column, I'll talk about what goes into raising eco-friendly, healthy, pasture-raised, organic meat. Today I met these fellows:Yup, those are...
| March 08, 2010
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