Saturday, May 25, 2013
Five new farm stands featuring Maine-grown produce will launch in Portland on July 2.
Farm stands will run from July 2 through October 25 in the following locations:
East Bayside: Whole Foods Market Farm Stand, Mondays 1 to 5 p.m.
West End: Brackett Street at Pine Street, Tuesdays 2 to 5 p.m.
Bayside: Kennedy Park, Boyd Street Urban Farm, Wednesdays 12 to 3 p.m.
Parkside: Opportunity Alliance, 510 Cumberland Ave: Wednesdays 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Riverton: Riverton School and Community Center, Thursdays 2 to 5 p.m.
Each stand will be equipped to accept SNAP and WIC benefits, as well as cash and credit and debit cards. Farmers at these sites will also be able to double up to $10 of all SNAP and WIC purchases, thanks to a grant from Wholesome Wave Foundation.
The five Portland farm stands are part of Cultivating Community's the "Growing Access, Growing Communities" program.
For more information on Cultivating Community: www.cultivatingcommunity.org
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
On Twitter: @susansaxelrod
Wendy Almeida and her family have a smattering of livestock and a summer garden. After 10 years of her kids being involved in 4-H, she's finally accepted the term "hobby farm" to describe her family's work at sustainable living. These days her morning starts with milking a goat before heading into the office for her day job as an assistant editor for features.
Wendy can be contacted at wea [at] mainetoday.com or on Twitter @wea1021.