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Mary Margaret and Eugene Ripley

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Mary Margaret and Gene Ripley of Ripley Organic Farm in Dover-Foxcroft. The Ripleys raise more than 50 kinds of vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, highbush blueberries and other perennial landscape plants. They market through their CSA with pickups at the farm and in Bangor; at the Orono Farmers' Market on Saturdays; and to Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative and other wholesale accounts. "We are proud to have our farm inspected on a yearly basis by MOFGA to ensure our compliance with the organic standards," say the Ripleys. Follow the farm on Facebook and on their website.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
5 ways the Stanford study sells organics short
Mother Jones - 9/4/2012.
By Tom Philpott – Is organic food little more than a trumped-up marketing scheme, another way for affluent consumers to waste money? A just-released paper by Stanford researchers – and the reaction to it by the media – suggests as much. In reality, though, the study in some places makes a strong case for organic – though you'd barely know it from the language the authors use. And in places where it finds organic wanting, key information gets left out.
Organic food isn’t more nutritious, but that isn’t the point
The Atlantic - 9/4/2012.
By Brian Fung – That we needed a study to understand how nutritionally similar organic foods are to non-organics is a perfect example of the way we've lost sight of what the term really means. It's worth keeping in mind that organic refers only to a particular method of production; while switching to organic foods can be good for you insofar as doing so helps you avoid nasty things like chemicals and additives, there's nothing in the organic foods themselves that gives them an inherent nutritional advantage over non-organics.
Farmers’ markets growing in popularity: “It’s been a good year so far”
Daily Bulldog - 9/3/2012.
By Bobbie Hanstein – Farmington: On this Labor Day, which traditionally marks the end of the summer season, area farmers are reporting their sales are up this year over last year, a credit to the crops they've been able to produce and the growing number of customers frequenting Franklin County's farmers' markets.
Sticky situation: Quebec police probe maple syrup theft
Portland Press Herald - 9/1/2012.
St-Louis-de-Blandford, Quebec: Police in Quebec were following the scent of something sweet – millions of dollars' worth of maple syrup missing from a large warehouse stocking over $30 million worth of the amber nectar.
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