|Skowhegan farmers’ market is state’s most popular|
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 9/18/2011.By Doug Harlow – Skowhegan: Once fenced off with razor wire and reserved for prisoner transport vehicles, the parking lot of the former Somerset County Jail these days is filled twice a week with colorful tents and tables of locally grown food. It's the Skowhegan Farmers' Market next to what is now the Somerset Grist Mill, inside the old jail. And it's not just any old farmers' market.
|Ploy to save family potato farm blossoms into ploye festival|
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/18/2011.By Deirdre Fleming – Fort Kent:The Fort Kent Ploye Festival is held each August in conjunction with the local muskie fishing derby to celebrate summer and draw tourists. But what this eight-year-old tradition really does is retell an important local story. About 20 years ago, Fort Kent had as many as 40 potato farmers. Today, there are just five, including the Bouchard Family Farm.
|Common Ground Fair has something for everyone|
Kennebec Journal - 9/17/2011.By Erin Rhoda– Unity: The three-day Common Ground Country Fair has 650 unique vendors and 700 different performances, talks and workshops, but fair director Jim Ahearne has his favorite. It's called the Youth Enterprise Zone, and it features young Maine entrepreneurs selling items they designed and made themselves. Last year youth presented dragons made of felt, beeswax candles and origami. "It's like walking into a pet shop with all the birds and the dogs and the noise. It's really hopping in there," Ahearne said about the event, which this year is all day Friday, Sept. 23.
|7 ways to cook up a sustainable diet|
Yes! - 9/17/2011.By Vicki Robin – A year ago, I undertook a month-long experiment in making the "idea" of eating local a daily practice: For one month, I ate only food that was produced within a 10-mile radius of my home on Whidbey Island, Washington. The diet forced me to confront my habits, preferences, and obsessions. I had to learn to cook from only what's at hand, and understand my unique place on the earth – with its land and farmers and food – as never before.