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Arla Casselman and John Grote
of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Arla Casselman and John Grote of Ewing Fruit Company in Warren. Arla and John farm approximately 30 acres of MOFGA-certified organic wild blueberries. They offer fresh and frozen blueberries directly from the farm. Blueberries are being pollinated now and will be available in August. Visit their Facebook page to learn more and to place an order. Arla is also a participant in MOFGA's journeyperson program as she works toward expanding their business to include flowers and floral design.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Salmonella outbreak linked to poultry hatchery
USA Today - 8/19/2013.
A national outbreak of salmonella has been linked to an eastern New Mexico hatchery that sells live baby chickens, ducks and other poultry by mail and supplies them to feed stores, state health officials announced Monday.
Maine blueberry crop sweeter, if a bit smaller, farmers report
Kennebec Journal - 8/18/2013.
By Craig Crosby - This year's crop is a little below average in terms of pounds, but better than average where the berry meets the taste bud, according to Marie Kohtala, owner of Kohtala Blueberry Farm in Vienna, which has been in the business for more than 55 years.
Maine cheese makers join cream of crop
Portland Press Herald - 8/18/2013.
By Doug Harlow - Skowhegan: Amy and Josh Clark of Crooked Face Creamery have been making artisanal cheese for only about three years. In that short amount of time, the young couple – both from traditional farming families – already have won an award in a national competition in cheese-friendly Wisconsin for their handcrafted whole-milk ricotta.
BPA, phthalates tied to kids' weight, diabetes risk
Reuters - 8/18/2013.
By Genevra Pittman - Children exposed to two chemicals commonly used in food packaging are more likely to be obese or show signs of diabetes precursors than those with lower exposure, new research suggests.
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