February 28, 2011

Lovers of local food
find reason to dream

A Portland event is one of about 12 statewide bringing together growers and fans of Maine produce.

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Jessie Grearson of Falmouth talks to Lincoln Jordan and his sister Caitlin Jordan of Alewive’s Brook Farm in Cape Elizabeth during a community-supported agriculture fair Sunday at Woodfords Church. Alewive’s Brook also allows CSA members to use their credits to buy lobsters.

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Reva Eiferman, left, and Emily Thielmann check out produce from Buxton’s Snell Family Farm during a CSA fair in Portland.

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"We figure it will probably take the four of us children to do the one job our father and grandfather did," said Caitlin Jordan, a law school graduate and recently elected member of the Cape Elizabeth Town Council. "With the way things are growing, the reality is, we're going to need Lincoln to do the farming, our other brother to do the lobstering, and then the two sisters to run the farm and do all the paperwork and everything."

Steve Hoad from Emma's Family Farm said he hopes to use the up-front money generated from the CSA to feed their animals through the summer while using savings to build a poultry-processing plant. He also hopes to get a handle on demand, because all his meat sold out last year.

While Hoad was in Portland on Sunday, his wife attended a CSA fair in Hallowell, one daughter did likewise in Rockland and a second daughter was in Waterville. On Friday, they'll be at still another CSA fair in Auburn.

"We hope it works," he said. "We don't expect monstrous things the first year, but a lot of folks know our products and have been happy with our products, so we know we have good references."

Fernandes, of the Eat Local Foods Coalition, said Sunday's CSA fairs are all about putting more Maine food on more Maine tables, more often.

"When you are connected to your producers, you value the food more, you appreciate the food more," she said. "You're actually creating community, in a way that you really can't when you're six times removed from the source of the food."

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