Monday February 04, 2013 | 01:04 PM

The "Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen: A Celebration of Community Supported Agriculture and Fisheries" programs are part celebration, part education. It's a chance for local farmers, fishermen and other food producers to tell community members how to enjoy local foods and support local businesses in a meaningful way.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms will be on hand to talk about their coming harvest as well as local fishermen with Community Supported Fisheries (CSF) to explain what they have to offer.

Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen will occur in late February and early March in several Maine locations, with more than 80 businesses and organizations represented. Each location will have plenty of local flavor – from local music, tastings and sales of food and other products from local farms and businesses to film screenings.

The dates, times and places of these events may change and more venues may be added. Check for up-to-date information before attending. Currently, the following locations, dates and times are planned:

Auburn: Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St., Monday, Feb. 25, as part of the library’s farmers' market, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Augusta: Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital St., Friday, March 1, 1 to 5 p.m.
Bangor: Unitarian Universalist Society, 120 Park St., Saturday, March 2, 2 to 5 p.m.
Belfast: Belfast Boathouse, 34 Commercial St., Sunday, March 3, 1 to 3 p.m.
Hallowell: St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 20 Union St., Sunday, March 3, 1 to 4 p.m.
Newcastle: Lincoln Academy, 81 Academy Hill, Saturday, March 2, 5 to 7 p.m. (part of the 3rd annual FARMS Fundraising Dinner)
Norway: Fare Share Commons, 443 Main St., Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Portland: Location TBD, Sunday, March 3, 1 to 4 p.m.
Rockland: First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway, Sunday, March 3, 1 to 3 p.m.

Waterville: Barrels Market, 74 Main St., Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

These free events are co-sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and local organizations at each site.

About the Author

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.

Meredith can be contacted at 791-6332 or
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