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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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Nourish families and friendships this Giving Tuesday

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You may have noticed that MFFM adopted a new tagline last summer: “Nourishing the roots of our communities.” Those roots include the historic tradition of rural farmers bringing goods to public spaces in Maine towns and cities. They include generations bonding over the sharing of recipes and food preparation tips. And those roots include Mainers […]

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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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Gleaning at Farmers’ Markets

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  Ron Murphy has been gleaning at the Orono Farmers’ Market for several years, collecting food donations from farmers for the Crossroads Ministries’ pantries. Crossroads has a walk-in cooler, which enables them to store fresh produce, which has been increasingly popular with their patrons. The Orono Farmers’ Market has one of the oldest gleaning programs […]

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