Category Archives: Nutrition

Oct. 29: Healthy Food For All Meeting

The Healthy Food For All subcommittee invites all interested parties to attend its third meeting for a focused discussion on activities for moving Maine Healthy Food For All Goaltowards a goal of expanding access to healthy food for people in Maine.

No worries if you haven’t attended a prior meeting. Your input is important and needed!

Date: October 29, 9:30 a. – 12 p.m.
Location: Muskie School, University of Southern Maine
FMI: Contact Sandy Gilbreath

RSVP requested by October 26.

Short and Sweet: Maine Maple Season

Maple syrup is not just for pancakes?

How Will Winter Impact Maple Syrup?
Maine’s 2015 maple syrup season may be a bit shorter, but it’s guaranteed to be sweet. The Maine Maple Producers Association (MMPA) anticipates a later start to the tapping process due to this year’s extremely cold and snowy winter.

Maine Maple Sunday Is a Go: March 22, 2015
Not to worry – sugarhouses and commercial operators across the state are gearing up for maple syrup season and its signature event, Maine Maple Sunday, March 22rd. Producers will demonstrate how maple syrup is produced, from boiling down the sap to processing and bottling it within …

10 Ways to Eat More Maine Food in 2015

Check out these ways to support our Maine farmers, fishermen and food producers.

Incorporate one, two or all of these ideas in 2015!

Plan meals by season
1) Plan meals around foods that are in season.
FMI:
Seasonal Food Guide

2) Join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm or Community Supported Fishery (CSF) to enjoy local, fresh food year-round while supporting Maine farmers and fishermen. 
FMI: Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association

3) Buy fish and shellfish with the “Gulf of Maine” label and patronize restaurants that serve locally caught or farmed fish products. 
FMI: Gulf of Maine Research Institute
FMI: Maine Aquaculture Association

The Buzz about Buying Local

For many beekeepers in Maine, April 15 is not as much Tax Day as it is New Bee Day. Starting April 15th, packages of honeybees arrive to supplement the state’s 8,000 year-round hives. For Maine’s beekeeping community, it heralds the season’s beginning where bees get busy both pollinating crops and producing honey. “Maine’s honey is of the highest quality and no one has trouble selling this product at local farmer’s markets or elsewhere,” said Lincoln Sennett, owner of Swan’s Honey.

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Why Buy Local

Today’s savvy consumers embrace the benefits of locally-produced foods for a variety of reasons. “New on the …

News from the Steering Committee

Steering Committee Members: Back Row (L-R): Ben Martens, Dana Morse, Heron Breen, Mark Hews, Ted Quaday, Bob Dorsey. Front Row (L-R) Daniel Wallace, Bill Eldridge, Molly Anderson, Sara Trunzo, Deb Burd, Anne Trenholm, John Jemison. Not pictured: Mark Dvorozniak, Caldie Jackson, John Piotti, Penny Jordan, Rosie Vanadestine, Lisa Webster.

Undeterred by monthly snowstorms, the 19-member Maine Food Strategy Steering Committee has been meeting throughout the winter to develop consensus around a set of draft goals for the initiative. Committee member Penny Jordan of Jordan’s Farm in Cape Elizabeth said she expected to be challenged by the process:

“When I decided …

Tapping Success with Maine Maple Syrup

IMG_5111March in Maine brings longer days, rising temperatures and soon, a delightfully sweet aroma wafting across the countryside. Lines and taps are appearing in backyards and fields to collect what some call liquid gold. Sugarhouses and commercial operators across the state are gearing up for maple syrup season and its signature event, Maine Maple Sunday™. Mark those calendars for March 23rd!

Maple syrup is produced exclusively by the concentration of sap from the maple tree. Once sap is collected, it goes to the sugarhouse where it is boiled down, processed and bottled within hours.

In 2013, Maine was the nation’s …

New USDA Rules for “Competitive” School Snack Foods

USDA released Interim Final Rules for competitive foods—the snacks and sodas sold from vending machines and carts outside of federally supported school lunches…The new  standards are tough and will change the food landscape in schools much for the better.”  www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/07/usda-issues-rules-for-competitive-school-foods-yes/#.UdLkXPmsi-0