Thursday November 07, 2013 | 11:39 AM

Feeling wintry? The days are darker and cold weather is making its way into the forecast. This just means it is time to incite the holiday spirit and set up camp in the kitchen and map out which of the following local ag minded fun and educational events you want to attend.

Tonight is Maine Farmland Trust’s Annual Meeting. The event will be from 5-7 p.m. at the Salt Institute Gallery at 561 Congress St. in Portland. The event is open to the public. Food from Local Sprout Cooperative, local wine, beer, hard cider, music, general merriment, and just a little bit of business! Severine von Tscharner Fleming, director of the film The Greenhorns, about a new generation of young farmers, will give a short talk at 6:30PM.

Portland Farmers’ Market will continue on Wednesdays (in Monument Square) from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturdays (in Deering Oaks on Deering Avenue) from 7 a.m. – noon thru November 20. The Winter Farmers’ Market will move to 200 Anderson Street in Portland on Saturday, December 7.

Rosemont Produce Company will host a tea tasting with Little Red Cup on Saturday, November 16 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Rosemont Produce Company at 5 Commercial St. in Portland.

Image by Phil Gaven of lending extractor at The Honey Exchange in Portland.

The Honey Exchange in Portland will offer the meadmaking workshop “From Alcohol to Alchemy: The Lore & Craft Of Mead” with James Lindenschmidt on Saturday, November 16 from noon – 3 p.m. The Honey Exchange is located at 494 Stevens Avenue in Portland. Registration is $50. *While you are there check out the new lending extractor for Cumberland County Beekeepers Association members.

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will offer a Kitchen Licensing Workshop on Wednesday, December 4 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Common Ground Education Center in Unity. The morning panel presentation will be moderated by Cheryl Wixson, MOFGA's resident chef. The afternoon program will be dedicated to a discussion of labeling requirements, organic certification requirements with a representative from MOFGA Certification Services, LLC; and a round table sharing of experiences.The workshop is designed for farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. Includes a tour of MOFGA's Common Kitchen. Registration Fees (Includes a local, seasonal, organic luncheon): $35 for MOFGA members and $40 for non-members.

Cookbooks to inspire you on cold November afternoons:
Maine Home Cooking: 175 Recipes from Down East Kitchens by Sandra Oliver
Notes from a Maine Kitchen: Seasonally Inspired Recipes by Kathy Gunst
Dishing Up Maine by Brooke Dojny
Cooking Down East by Marjorie Standish
Harbor Fish Market: Seafood Recipes from Maine by Nick Alfiero
Soup Night: Recipes for Creating Community Around a Pot of Soup by Maggie Stuckey
The Complete Nose to Tail: A Kind of British Cooking by Fergus Henderson
Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America by Maricel Presilla
Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotton Feast by Hank Shaw
The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
Fire in My Belly: Real Cooking by Kevin Gillespie and David Joachim

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Sharon Kitchens is a neo-homesteader learning the ins and outs of country living by luck and pluck and a lot of expert advice. She writes about bees for The Huffington Post and stuff she loves on her personal blog,

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