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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
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  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.
Taking root
By LAURA MCCANDLISH  |  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
By AMY ANDERSON  |  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.
No excuses
By AMY ANDERSON  |  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.
Growth spurt
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  November 11, 2011

Fertile Underground sprouts on the West Side

The food revolution is coming to a grocery store near you.
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  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.
Backyard pets
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  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
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  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?
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  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
Land preservation
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  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.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  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
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  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
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  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...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  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...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  March 08, 2010