The food you eat, when available at a local Maine farmers market is more than good nutrition.When you buy corn, potatoes, fresh peas, strawberries or any other native grown vegetables and fruits, you get the freshest right from the field produce. Bought from a local vendor, farmer, grower helping support the local producer while socializing a bit in that open air Maine farmer's market.
Since the beginning of time, consider how agrarian our society initially was, and may be reverting, making a big swing to in a big way again for health, economic and other reasons.
I grew up on this Houlton Maine farm that produced vegetables, planted, picked, harvested from the fields.
The fruit like strawberries carefully planted in fields plowed under with organic material worked in.
Strawberries have a four year stint and then you plowed them under, start over.
Training the runners, the shoots of the small "spider" strawberry plants that grow between the rows of straw to keep the grass down. Working as a family shoulder to shoulder.Hot work under the sun, but something outdoors, wholesome, and actually fun if you have the bend to produce food to feed others. Destined to be put on local tables. Some shipped down country to help feed others out of state.
Canada is next door to Maine on both sides and most local natives are at least a quarter Canadian lineage. And quick trips to buy Canadian stawberries to go with our other produce, vegetables was part of the "brokerage". To help supplement what we grew on the Maine family farm when the demand increased beyond what we raised ourselves.
Folks came to the Maine farm I grew up on a mile and a half out of town.
Looking for the eight foot ear of corn hand painted by a local artist Allison Britton and "planted" by the roadside of US Rt 2 to entice, make motorists turn in for some home grown food items.
A place where local raised food was fresher, cheaper, an experience to look over, select to take home to put on the table for dinner that night. With thoughts as it is prepared on how next year we're having a family garden out behind their home to plant, tend, pick from and enjoy.
Houlton Maine has a downtown farmers market in addition to the many roadside vegetable and fruit stands you see along the highway in Aroostook County. Here is a short Maine farmers market video put together from last Saturday morning's trip to check out the produce, baked and home made goods.
Our milk is the freshest too having one of four dairies in the state right in our backyard, Houlton Farms Dairy. What you grow to put on your family's table is very important in Maine, anywhere. Not just good eating habits, but the right stuff grown on your own land full of nutrients you just don't get in the processed, fast food fare needs to be part of the day to day in Maine.