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MOF&G Cover Spring 2009
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by Melissa White Pillsbury
MOFGA Organic Marketing Coordinator

If you’re a farmer or food producer looking for markets, look no further. The growing demand for local foods is putting a crunch on many markets supplying those foods to consumers, and four of Maine’s larger buyers (below) are looking for growers to supply them this year.

To learn about more opportunities to sell your products, see “Marketing Opportunities for Maine Farmers” in the Resources section of www.mofga.org. This page is updated periodically in late winter and early spring with notices about farmers’ markets, distributors and other markets seeking vendors of Maine farm products.


Crown O’Maine Organic Cooperative, statewide distribution
Marada Cook
207-368-5155 (warehouse/office) 207-316-5321 (cell)
marada@crownofmainecoop.com

Crown O’Maine wants to increase our supply of organic produce by 50 to 75% for 2009-2010. The exciting growth of our in-state distribution has resulted in great opportunities for Maine organic farmers. We have enough potatoes, turnips and rutabagas but are seeking other crops such as cabbage, onions, squash, dry beans, frozen organic fruits (or fresh on a wholesale basis), ‘Chioggia’ and yellow beets, garlic and many other specialty crops. We are also seeking organic wheat (winter and spring), spelt, rye, canola, sunflower seed, soybeans and oats for food grade purposes, and feed oats, soybeans, canola and barley. We are committed to reasonable wholesale prices and quality products. We actively support “hyper-local” production and do not interfere with local farmer-direct market efforts. If you have a product you’d like to carry to a larger market or outside your own distribution area, please contact us.

We sell to retail stores, restaurants, buying clubs, institutions, CSAs, wholesalers, value-added producers, bakeries and individuals on a wholesale level. We purchase Maine-grown and organic food from 47 suppliers statewide. We also distribute affordable organic fertilizers in bulk (fish meal, poultry manure, mustard seed meal) and offer reasonable custom transportation services on our frozen/refrigerated trucks. We are a proud supporter of MOFGA, the organic and local food movements, and community enrichment/revitalization efforts.

Please contact Marada with any plans you make regarding crop production before you plant a crop for the Crown O’Maine Organic Cooperative!


Farm Fresh LLC, statewide distribution
Martha Putnam
207-939-4748

Farm Fresh LLC markets and distributes Maine-grown food to restaurant, retail, school, hospital, farm stand and CSA operations. Last year we were short on the products below. If you are interested in growing any of these for a wholesale market or have questions about the Maine wholesale marketplace, please call Martha at 939-4748.

Vegetables – beets (‘Chioggia’ and ‘Gold’), broccoli raab, carrots (‘Bolero’ and ‘Chantenay’), cauliflower, fennel, garlic, horseradish, Jerusalem artichoke, kale (‘Toscano’), kohlrabi, leeks, onions (red, sweet and yellow), peas (English and sugar snap), radish (‘Watermelon’), shallots, squash (winter storage, summer and zucchini), turnip (gold and ‘Hakurei’).

Fruit – peaches, grapes, plums, cherries, rhubarb

Wild crops – ramps, mushrooms

Other – honey


Farmers Fare, Rockport
Sarah Greer
207-701-9912
sarah@farmersfaremaine.com

Farmers Fare would like to know about anyone who is or would like to try farming "the back side of the calendar.” Farmers Fare will provide a steady market, both retail and in our cafe. We will be spending much effort promoting "eating with the seasons" and showcasing underutilized local fruits and vegetables. We want to have as much variety as possible, including a range of colors, shapes and sizes. If you are interested in custom growing, let’s talk. We are willing to make commitments.

We are also looking for ethnic and heirloom varieties of herbs, veggies, fruits and meats; Slow Food’s Ark of Taste varieties; edible flowers and other decorative varieties; off-grade produce for use in our kitchen; any locally made, value added products, including cheese, dairy, canned and frozen goods; nuts, such as black walnuts, hazelnuts, butternuts; nontraditional fruits, including plums, pears, peaches, grapes, cherries, nectarine, quince and apricot; and all the small berries – blackberries, raspberries, lingonberries, mulberries, elderberries, everbearing strawberries, etc.


Fedco Seeds: Organic Growers Supply (OGS) and Moose Tubers divisions
207-873-7333
OGS contact: Ed Hamel, edfedco@gmail.com
Moose Tubers contact: Nancy Reitze, moosetubers@fedcoseeds.com

Organic Growers Supply is looking for growers to supply seed-quality, local, organic small grains and corn. Moose Tubers is looking for local seed potato growers.

    

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