Merrifield Farmer making maple syrup.

Maine Maple Sunday

The annual Maine Maple Sunday is a beloved event here in Maine and a sure sign of Spring as rising temperature creates pressure inside trees, causing sap to flow. Each year nearly 100 participating sugarhouses (building where maple sap is boiled and maple syrup and maple sugar are made) across the state offer a variety of […]

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Happy National Strawberry Day!

It’s national strawberry day and to celebrate we’ve complied some information on the delicious fruit for you! “Fresh strawberries are tasty and wholesome. They are the first berries on the market in the summer. Wild strawberries, which are much smaller but often sweeter, can be gathered most of the summer.” – Bulletin # 4268, Vegetables […]

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Teachable Moments: Using Steam Canners

by Kate McCarty, UMaine Extension Food Systems Professional There’s now another type of canner approved for use in preserving high-acid foods at home. An atmospheric steam canner, an appliance designed to preserve foods using steam, has been sufficiently tested by the University of Wisconsin, National Center for Home Food Preservation, and USDA for us to […]

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Master Food Preserver class participants making dilly beans

2018 Master Food Preserver Volunteer Annual Report

From November 2017 to October 2018, 50 Master Food Preserver volunteers completed over 930 hours of food preservation education, community projects, and administrative tasks. values volunteer time in Maine at $24.69 per hour, which means that the Master Food Preservers donated the equivalent of $22,960. From Kittery to Bangor, volunteers taught 66 preserving workshops […]

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Pick-Your-Own Apples

Orchards in Cumberland County Apple picking is an excellent fall tradition to spend some quality time with your loved ones, and stock up on apples for all the autumnal apple treats and snacking you could want.  Follow this link to find several apple orchards in Cumberland County and follow the links to their sites to find […]

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Apple producer in his orchard

NEW Fruit and Veg Listserv for Farmer-to-Farmer Communication!

Hello Farmers! After many conversations with farmers who have been searching for better ways to communicate with other farmers, Caleb Goossen and myself are getting a new Maine vegetable and berry growers email listserv up and running. Listserv User Guidelines The Maine Vegetable and Berry Growers email listserv is open to all commercial growers, organic […]

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UMaine Gardens at Tidewater Farm Instagram Account

Follow the new UMaine Gardens at Tidewater Farm Instagram account (@umainegardens_tidewaterfarm) for updates on events, workshops, and programs! Catch a glimpse of how the gardens transform from season to season with photos of flowers in bloom, wildlife habitats, and gardening techniques used throughout the year!

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Growing Fruit Trees: Guides and Publications

Whether starting for the first time or in the tree fruit business for many years, these resources are designed to guide growers in determining knowledge gaps and skills that may be gained to be more successful in tree fruit production. The purpose of these links is to provide the home orchardist with the knowledge to […]

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It’s Berry Season and We’ve Got the Publications!

Berry season is upon us and we have several publications from growing the berries, to preserving and cooking them. #2514 Growing Rhubarb in Maine #4268 Strawberries #4263 Vegetables and Fruits for Health: Wild Blueberries #4267 Vegetables and Fruits for Health: Raspberries and Blackberries #2067 Growing Strawberries #4260 Lets Preserve Series #4380 Canning & Freezing Quick-Guides & Entire Series #4275 Let’s Preserve: Dried […]

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freshly cut strawberries

Maine Food for June: Strawberries, Berry Jams, and Spring Peas

UMaine Extension offers tips for using Maine fruits and vegetables available in June We all look forward to the signs of spring after a long cold Maine winter. Strawberries are definitely one of those spring harbingers we crave. Freezing berries in season and making your own low-sugar jams and jellies are simple, easy ways to […]

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