Food Hubs, Maine Organic Farming, You Are What You Eat.

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Real Estate Agent with MOOERS REALTY ME Broker License 106759

Three times a day at least, most of us have the addiction to food, need a fix.

Not just food when you live in Maine but organic, wholesome foodstuffs. Grown close to home, for the local field to the table delivery. Or from the pasture to the freezer.maine small farms photo

Canning and preserving in summer kitchens of old Maine farm homes.

Not all glamorous when being done with preparing strawberries on the hottest day of a Maine July summer.

The stewed tomatoes, bread and butter pickles put up  later on in the fall food preparation.

But retrieving the fruits of the labor from the third shelf of the cellar root cellar.

In the dead quiet of a Maine winter of drifting snow. Making it so so more than worth the effort.

Because you gotta eat and hunger improves the taste.

Quality food that you know was grown to strict standards, without the commercial sprays that carry the skull and cross bone pirate tattoos on each canister.

Or beef, dairy, poultry without the critter full of BST, other growth hormones like factory farms use. Where animals are shoulder to shoulder, not  so happy and whisper about the conditions. Unlike the ones dotting the spacious pastures for the dairy and beef cows, the sheep, goats, pigs. Corrals, paddocks around Maine farms for horses.

During the 1960's and 1970's Maine saw an influx of young people with high ideals, wanting the good life in Maine. But not raised on farms, just gravitating to the life style of plant it, roll it, make it home grown.

Some were from well heeled families but adopting a bohemian lifestyle. Breaking away from silver spoons. To back to basics. Labels maine farm aerial photohappened, were coined such as  "crunchy, granola, back to nature, hippy". Back to the land is not regressive or primitive.

It is a choice for a career and the life style that comes with it.

For those just embracing the great low cost, spacious four season outdoors of Maine.

Learning their own set of survival skills on the Maine small farm.

Many of those homesteaders evolved or were forced to leave the small farming way of life though.

Because of inability to make it profitable. To feed themselves, have enough to sell some of the bountiful harvest surplus to others too. To be meet the needs of the audience hungry. For affordable, nutritious food grown and raised in Maine.

Now the talk centered, racketed up on not just producing good food locally, but how to make it profitable enough for operations to grow and prosper.

For sustainable agriculture producers that need to secure steady, stable markets. To steadily address the issues every new and well seasoned farmer in Maine alike face daily.maine dairy beef cattle cows photo

In Vacationland's resurgence of smaller scale agriculture, the need sparked for a local Maine food movement credit union.

To zero in on the specific problems of small farm operations in Maine.

Smooth the ups and downs when money flow hose kinks.

The spigot connected to the check book does not flow.

To lubricate, grease  the financial overhead wheels of the farm in Maine operation with currency.

Moving beyond just talking about local Maine food hubs too. Kicking them into gear. Getting them up and running is the buzz in the Pine tree state newsprint, over the airwaves too. Or the need for central freezers to keep the blueberries, fish from Atlantic Canada, whatever produce or product. That will perish if not handled with care. Along the way to the market local or far away.

Maine is a few miles up the road from population centers, the major consuming markets.

So feeding the close to home is popular but like any business, your profit is in the expenses. You need enough customers reaching for the locally grown product. Consistency in the growing to make them want to, to trust in the brand they experience and like. Raising kids to desire to take over the reins. To the creating the wealth from tilling the small Maine farm operation dirt.

Getting the price of organic Maine food low enough to tip the scales away from trucked in, high volume, lower cost foodstuffs from who knows where.

What John and Jane Shopper are used to reaching for as they push the wire cart with one hand, run the weekly household food budget caluculator with the other.

Allowing the small Maine farmer of today not to just enjoy the lifestyle of rural agriculture. But make enough money to stay on that patch of dirt. His/her head above water and the finances in the black to keep the Maine small farm going.

Read more on one recent Maine Organic Farming article.

I'm Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

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In sooo many ways, Maine as you paint it for us, appears to be a step back in time and yet have the conveniences of today....a place everyone would want to live...and Andrew Mooers will find it for them !

Dec 15, 2014 10:20 PM #1
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I don't think of Maine as a producer of of food sources except blueberries and cranberries. You have shed a totally different light on it and it sounds wonderful.

Dec 15, 2014 10:24 PM #2
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S and D ... Hard work but oh oh so rewarding. No one is lazy on a Maine farm, and grateful for whatever happens each day. Honest work feeding local people is a noble profession. Not so many years ago, 96% of us were farmers. Small, self sufficient, Maine farming's easy way of approaching life's basics to raise a family.

Dec 15, 2014 10:28 PM #3
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Debbie ... I grew up, own the aerial of the Maine farm 300 acres of land. We grew potatoes of all varieties, had the trailer trucks to ship our own, broker other growers spuds too. Potatoes, brocolli, we have a local Houlton Farms Dairy that has tasty, growth hormone free products of all kinds. We were the largest producer of potatoes in the country earlier this century. Our farm had a road side stand for truck farming produce of all kinds. Grew strawberries, sold the squash, tons of corn, peas, onions, green beans, cucumbers. We raised yellow eye, soldier and jacob's cattle dry beans too. Oh and sugar beets. That is another story for another post. Good training for not being lazy... not getting sick. Lot of work, plenty of reward and self empowering.

 

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Andrew

Buy a home in Maine with some land and grow your own food . . . . sounds like a great idea.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 15, 2014 11:35 PM #5
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LL ... You gotta eat, good food, plenty of it and never going hungry is pretty important.

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We believe in eating nutrious wholesome food, some of it grown right on our farm, fresh fruit from our fruit trees, fresh veggies from the garden, pecans from the orchard, our beef, fresh eggs...  

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I do garden, and I like to can, dry and freeze my excess produce. It's a treat in the winter to pull out some of that great sweet corn, or use my own dried herbs in a batch of soup. 

Dec 16, 2014 10:41 AM #8
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Judi ... You know the farming way of life, the special needs of the rural agent too!

Debbie ... Good food you plant, tend, cultivate and harvest. MMmmmm. Pass those veggies please.

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Dec 16, 2014 09:32 PM #9
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I'm a city boy.....never cut out for the farm life, but certainly do appreciate what it has to offer and all of the work and pride that goes into it.

Dec 16, 2014 11:36 PM #10
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Roger ... And the sit down, let's eat. Dining better than any 5 star restaurant. Farmers markets in Maine, fun to buy from your neighbor, family, friends. In a small rural area where the food is grown, everyone gathers to peddle it at an open air Maine produce market

Dec 17, 2014 03:54 AM #11
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Oh wow, do I love this post, Andy. I think you are doing such an amazing job of bringing the joy of the Maine lifestyle. I'm a big fan. 

Dec 17, 2014 06:32 AM #12
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Good evening Andy ... this blog brought back so many memories of growing up out in the country in PA.  Nothing beats home grown and homemade.  Your area looks and sounds beautiful ... God's country for sure.

Dec 17, 2014 09:01 AM #13
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Thank you ladies. The state of Maine is one neat place like no other.

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Hello Andrew ... great post, photos and video promoting communities around your neck of the woods. VB see's quite a few cows in your photos and is not much for eating beef 

But Maine looks and sounds like a great place to farm and or grow your own produce 

Dec 18, 2014 05:49 AM #15
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Morning Andrew.  I would like to wish you a very BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY.  Hope your day goes well

Dec 18, 2014 07:54 PM #16
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Good morning, Andrew Mooers Happy Birthday....and your aerial view of Maine farmland is absolutely beautiful....

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Happy Birthday Andrew. I hope you have a great day. I like your blog on local foods, I have my own garden and love knowing what goes in and what does not go into the vegetables i grow. When i do have to go shop, I love the local markets, I like going right to the farm when i can, they love giving tours and i like to see what is going on. 

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