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Tristan (right) and Jon Noyes of MOFGA certified organic
Gromaine LLC.

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Tristan (right) and Jon Noyes of Gromaine LLC, a MOFGA certified organic farm in Caribou that provides more than 50 varieties of lettuce and leafy greens to select Maine restaurants, specialty grocers and directly to consumers – including at the Common Ground Country Fair. These brothers descend from six generations of Maine farmers. Jon grows the crops in Aroostook County, and Tristan, based in Cumberland County, does the marketing.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Ogunquit ‘best chef’ nominees hope seventh selection brings just desserts
Portland Press Herald - 3/24/2010.
By Meredith Goad – Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, the chef/owners of Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, were nominated Monday for the "Best Chef: Northeast" award from the James Beard Foundation. It's the chefs' seventh nomination, but they have never won. They were the only Maine chefs to be nominated for the honor this year, although there were three other semifinalists from the state. The James Beard Awards are the most prestigious in the restaurant industry and are often compared to the Academy Awards.
Sugarshack owners who used vacuums faring better
Kennebec Journal - 3/24/2010.
By Mechele Cooper – Whitefield: Mark Fenderson tore down his sugar shack early this year.With help from some friends, he cleaned and packed up his sugarhouse on Hilton Road this past weekend after making syrup for only seven days. "It was a pretty short season," Fenderson said. That isn't the case for all sugarhouses around the state. Many will open their doors to the public Sunday for the annual Maine Maple Sunday promotion.
Organic farmers push for pesticide notification
Portland Press Herald - 3/24/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Maine farmers are divided over a legislative proposal to change a new system for notifying residents of pesticide spraying near their homes. The pesticide notification law, passed unanimously last year in the Senate and the House, created a statewide registry so residents who live within a quarter-mile of any farm or other spraying site can sign up to be notified before spraying is done.
Greenville chef creates quality ‘eclectic American fare’
Bangor Daily News - 3/24/2010.
By Emily Burnham – Abby Freethy, a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef and a Greenville Junction resident, was faced with a quandary regarding ketchup. While she was pregnant with her son, Dustin, she longed for the salty-sweet sauce – but she couldn’t abide the corn syrup and large amounts of sodium in most commercial brands.
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