|More than 112 Maine farms to open doors to public|
Bangor Daily News - 7/20/2011.By Sharon Kiley Mack – On Sunday, July 24, more than 112 farms throughout all 16 counties will open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture. Maine Department of Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb said the annual Open Farm Day gives families and visitors the chance to experience life and work on Maine’s farms. This is the 22nd year of celebrating Maine’s Open Farm Day.
|Summer fairs nearly here|
Kennebec Journal - 7/20/2011.By Mechele Cooper – Pittston: Steve Welton put the finishing touches on exterior stone facing at the fairground's new exhibition hall Tuesday. The East Pittston mason said the job will be finished by Thursday – opening day of the Pittston Fair, the 60-year-old fair that kicks off central Maine's agricultural fair season.
|South Portland farmers market meets demand|
Portland Press Herald - 7/20/2011.By Avery Yale Kamila – Blue sky, a light breeze and the city's mayor dressed as a watermelon greeted the hundreds of people who showed up last Thursday afternoon for the opening day of the South Portland Farmers Market. Held in Thomas Knight Park on the South Portland waterfront, the market came to fruition after the City Council amended its zoning and licensing rules to allow the market more flexibility.
|Kneading Conference rolls up its sleeves|
Portland Press Herald - 7/20/2011.By Meredith Goad – Mary Burr and her husband Bob were so inspired by the first Kneading Conference in Skowhegan that they went home and grew three acres of barley on their sheep farm in Mercer. They began converting their sheep operation into a vegetable farm, and started thinking about what was next.