Celebrating ways to eat seasonally and local

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"Americans will spend $2.3 billion on Thanksgiving dinner that includes 51 billion turkeys." 

- United States Department of Agriculture


Eating Seasonally and Local This Thanksgiving

From the turkey and trimmings to the stuffing and pie, our Thanksgiving holiday – and most other major celebrations, too – embody what today’s food movement represents: Eating foods that are in season and those that are grown, harvested or caught locally. 
Americans will spend $2.3 billion on Thanksgiving dinner featuring a whopping 51 billion turkeys, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Imagine our state’s portion of those dollars flowing back into our economy!
Turkeys are often pre-ordered, but some are likely still available. Winter farmers’ markets are an ideal stop for seasonal vegetables. Whether you’re selling or buying, check out these resources listed at the end of the email and localize your Thanksgiving meal.

In the News

Maine’s fishing industry and recent federal regulations are making headlines. Here are things we can do to support our Maine fishermen: 
Look for the “Maine” label at your fish market or local grocery store.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute supports sustainable Maine seafood.
FMI: Visit GMRI's website for ways to connect and learn about existing resources.


According to GMRI, 70% of seafood consumed in the United State is eaten at restaurants.

Visit GMRI for a list of Maine Culinary Partner restaurants.

Coming in 2015
Aroostook County Trip
We’re strapping on our snowshoes, finalizing the details for our Aroostook County trip this January.
Webinar update
In October’s eNewsletter, we mentioned hosting a webinar. Planning is in the works to make that connection in early 2015.

Stay tuned for details in next month's edition.

Seasonally and Local: Resources for Producers


Connect with these resources to maximize your marketing efforts:


Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative

Serving more than 40 “buying clubs” in Maine and New England

FMI: CoMOC's Website 
Get Real, Get Maine: Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry
A state directory of agriculture information - are you listed?

FMI: Farmers' Market Directory

Mabel's Book

Western Maine’s Guide to Farms and Farm Markets

FMI: Mabel's Book


Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association

Connecting farmers, gardeners and respective resources since 1971


January 25, 2015

Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets

7th Annual Maine Farmers’ Market Convention, Maple Hill Inn, Hallowell


February 25 - 26, 2015
Harvest New England
Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show, Sturbridge, MA
FMI: Harvest New England

Seasonally and Local: Resources for Consumers

Winter Farmers' Markets and Classes:

Get Real, Get Maine: Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry
FMI: Get Real, Get Maine

Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets

University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Look for classes about preserving food, cooking and local resources
FMI: UMaine Cooperative Extension


Wishing you a bountiful holiday season.

Best regards,

Barbi Ives & Tanya Swain
Maine Food Strategy

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