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Saco River Winter Market Launches Maine Harvest Bucks

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Just two days after Thanksgiving, the Saco River Winter Market (SRWM) in Biddeford launched its Maine Harvest Bucks program. Now SNAP shoppers in Biddeford, Saco and other nearby towns can stretch their limited SNAP benefits in the coldest and costliest time of the year (one study finds 1 in 3 low-income families face limiting their […]

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Maine Harvest Bucks: Good public policy.

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Fresh fruits and vegetables matter. Research has shown that with many diseases, including cancer, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and heart and lung disease, the consumption of fruits and vegetables play a large role as preventative medicine. While treatment for diabetes is a tough pill to swallow (often involving many, many pills), the way to prevent the […]

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Maine Harvest Bucks wraps up at Summer Markets

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When you see Maine Harvest Bucks (MHB) at farmers’ markets, consider how this program is the product of an organized effort among farmers, vendors, volunteers and community partners at each of the 31 farmers’ markets across the state.  Because of their work, eating local is more accessible, easy and affordable for low-income Mainers receiving SNAP/EBT.  […]

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Food Sovereignty Update

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The new food sovereignty law is set to take effect November 1st. The Legislature needs to amend the law or the USDA will no longer allow state-inspected meat processing facilities to operate. (The state has to certify that those facilities meet federal safety guidelines, and the new law, as written, means the state can no […]

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Marrying CSA to farmers’ market

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A debit-type CSA works well at farmers’ market I have attended farmers’ markets since 1983, yet the whole idea of a CSA has always fascinated me as a practical method to market my farm’s produce. Having customers get a box of food each week that they paid for at the beginning of the season seemed […]

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Videos to learn from

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Videos about farmers’ markets, small scale food production and the new economy arising around these. Video Series on subjects of interest to farmers’ markets. Farmers’ Market Management Video FAQ series, from the Farmers’ Market Coalition Growing Fresh Food series, from Cooking Up a Story. Peak Moment TV, “Locally reliant living for challenging times.” Although the website sells DVDs […]

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Farmers’ markets as community resources

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by Sue Sergeant, Brunswick Farmers’ Market (article from 1990’s Selling Outdoors) I have been thinking about farmers’ markets as community resources and thought some experiences we have had at the Brunswick Farmers’ Market might be worth sharing. At first glance a farmers’ market may seem to be just an outlet for several small businesses. Look […]

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Why leaving attracts customers

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I am sure you have noticed. And I am sure you have commented to others in your market. In our market it is a commonplace understanding among those who have attended any length of time. The phenomenon in question is this: No matter how long a lull in customers you have endured, as soon as […]

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