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Suzanne Balbo and Clint Towle
of Crooked Door Farm in Whitefield

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Suzanne Balbo and Clint Towle of MOFGA-certified organic Crooked Door Farm in Whitefield. The two MOFGA journeypersons raise vegetables on permanent beds using minimal tillage, a biodiesel walk-behind tractor and a variety of hand tools, including a broad fork. They also use organic seed and local, organic compost on the 3 acres they have in rotation. An unheated greenhouse, a seedling house, caterpillar tunnels and low hoops help extend the growing season. Laying hens and guinea hogs root around, while a neighbor's goats and sheep rotate around Crooked Door's nearly 14 acres of pasture. Balbo and Towle market through their CSA, at the Gardiner Area Farmers' Market, the Gardiner Co-op & Café, the Sheepscot General Store and from their farm. Learn more on the farm's website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Recipes with a side dish of trivia
Portland Press Herald - 9/1/2010.
By Meredith Goad – When Bar Lola's chef, Guy Hernandez, has a taste for cheese, he turns to his favorite: Autumn Oak, a raw sheep's milk cheese from Willow Hill Farm in Vermont. Chef Abby Harmon is from Cutler, where her mom packed sardines and Harmon grew up eating them. That's the back story to the Sicilian Sardine Pasta she serves at Caiola's.
The real cost of the food we eat
Portland Press Herald - 9/1/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – The massive recent egg recall reveals how much our food actually costs. As Americans, our food is abundant and the price at the checkout is remarkably cheap. But the costs don't end there.
Use garden vegetables to make cool food
Bangor Daily News - 9/1/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – It’s too hot to think about casseroles or anything baked, and besides, we have all those vegetables in the garden.
Tempted to try tofu?
Bangor Daily News - 9/1/2010.
By Emily Burnham – Tofu gets a bad rap. It’s unfairly categorized as something only self-righteous vegetarians eat in place of meat. Apprehensive eaters decry its texture and blocky shape. In the world of food, tofu is the misunderstood outsider. Try Jeffrey Wolovitz’s Heiwa Tofu, however, and you might think differently.
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