Located 18 miles northwest of Portland and two hours from Boston is the small liberal arts school called St. Joseph's College of Maine. St. Joe's, as we Mainers fondly refer to it, is situated on 350 acres with magnificent lakefrontage on beautiful Sebago Lake in Standish.
Not only is the setting unique, but the food served in the dining hall is, as well.
Bon Appetit is the food service vendor for St. Joseph's College. Their company motto is "Services for a Sustainable Future." Stuart Leckie, general manager of the school's restaurant, has made it the mission of the dining hall to serve local, homegrown food.
In the spirit of Barbara Kingsolver's book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle in which she describes how her family was changed by making a conscious effort to eat food produced locally, St. Joe's is attempting to do the same. Leckie tries to order most ingredients from within 150 miles of the campus. He's also strives to purchase free-range eggs and chickens that have been feed grain which is antibiotic and hormone-free.
Milk comes from Smiling Hill Farm located just a few miles away. He purchases produce from local growers. And now, thanks to the Pearson Town Farming Project located on college property, students and community volunteers will grow fresh produce including zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, beets and salad greens. Greenhouses will extend this growing project into the winter months.
In the true spirit of this Catholic college, some of the produce will be donated to Catherine's Cupboard Food Pantry in Standish.
If you're in the Standish area, stop by St. Joe's and have a look. If your thinking about lakefront property on Big Sebago just click on the box below to see what's currently available: