|Common Ground Fair earns its name|
Bangor Daily News - 9/22/2009.By Ardeana Hamlin – The “baa, baa black sheep, have you any wool?” question will be answered, as it is every September, at Common Ground Country Fair on Friday through Sunday, Sept. 25-27, at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association fairgrounds in Unity. The fair is a celebration of all things organic, especially farming, and celebrates rural living. Hundreds of vendors, exhibitors and demonstrators, including those who raise fiber on the hoof (or paw, as the case may be), such as wool, alpaca, angora, llama, mohair and cashmere.
|Wet weather leaves pumpkins behind schedule|
Portland Press Herald - 9/21/2009.By Mechele Cooper – Green jack-o'-lanterns might be the ticket this year. The pumpkin harvest is a few weeks behind because June and July were wet and cool. Jane Aiudi, director of the Maine Department of Agriculture Division of Market and Production Development, said growers who planted fields with good drainage did better than those in low-lying areas who had more difficulty getting plants started.
|Mount Desert Island garlic festival draws hundreds|
Bangor Daily News - 9/21/2009.By Eric Russell – Southwest Harbor: Frank Pendola knows garlic like a winemaker knows grapes. He knows how it grows. He knows the exact time to harvest the bulbs. And he knows how to use it to coax flavors from meats, vegetables and more adventurous culinary creations.
|Justice Department to investigate plight of dairy farmers|
Portland Press Herald - 9/20/2009.St. Albans, Vt. – The head of the U.S. Justice Department's antitrust division said on Saturday she has launched an investigation to determine whether giant milk processors are unfairly squeezing the nation's dairy farmers, who are experiencing their lowest prices in more than a quarter century.