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Not too late to sign up for FarmShare

June 24, 2016

Great local vegetables coming from Lakeside Family Farm to workplaces and schoolplaces near  you starting June 30 at Maine Med in Portland. NOT TOO LATE to sign up for your own box of fresh Maine items for your own farm to table adventure. Sites in Portland, South Portland, Scarborough, Sanford, Biddeford, Bangor, Brewer, Bar Harbor, Augusta, Corinth. Click here for more information on the FarmShare. You can signup online or print a sheet and send it in, or just be be in touch with us and we’ll answer any questions and walk you through the process. Peas, strawberries, maple syrup, mushrooms, and more are on their way and every week there will be more ….

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Lakeside FarmShare launches next week

June 23, 2016

We are hopefully moving past the Arctic spring followed by the desert weeks and starting to put veggies and berries out into the market. Lakeside’s first FarmShare and first store deliveries start next week with our inaugural FarmShare site at Maine Med in Portland followed by other sites in Bangor and around the state. First box contents just being finalized (okay, so we are watching them grow….), but we are sure on peas, strawberries, mushrooms, and maple syrup. Expect there will also be radishes, baby beets, and greens. Maine Med Dining Service has graciously and generously offered to provide biscuits for this first Thursday share, so subscribers should plan on strawberry shortcake! There will also be some “extras” for subscribers to take home and try: rhubarb and potatoes. Not too late to subscribe…online or call our FarmShare coordinator Erika 413-559-1373.strawberryfromext

Lakeside Family Farm partnerships with Food Pantries reach more Maine people

June 19, 2016

Lakeside Family Farm is proud to be a long-timer participant in Good Shepherd Food Bank‘s Mainers Feeding Mainers program. This year, as we launch our Work and SchoolPlace FarmShares, Lakeside Family Farm is also participating with the Maine Farmland Trust as part of the USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grants for SNAP-eligible Mainers. This is a federal government grant program that makes it possible for those using Food Stamps to get a share of vegetables for just under half the usual price. The SNAP-shares are available at all of our drop sites and also will be available every other week at selected Food Pantries in Brewer, Corinth, and Augusta/Manchester and at selected schools sites from the Portland-based Maine Locker Project. All of these extraordinarily-committed Maine groups share the common mission of providing more nutritious food to more Maine people in need. Lakeside’s own philosophy, More Maine Food for More Maine People,  offers a great match. We are exceptionally pleased to be involved in these partnerships.LFF_.5bushelbox_7.jpg

As farmers, we think about Food Insecurity

June 12, 2016

Maine has a high rate of poverty, a high rate of food insecurity. Good Shepherd‘s latest statistics show that among Maine residents, 16.2% are food insecure. Maine ranks twelfth in the nation for food insecurity and first in New England. Nearly one out of every four Maine children face hunger. According to Census data and the Coastal Enterprise Institute, the majority of Maine’s population find themselves in areas that are both low income and low-access to supermarkets; this is especially true in rural Maine.

Like all of our fellow farmers, we at Lakeside remain deeply concerned about our friends and neighbors who do not have enough fresh, healthy food. We participate in Mainers Feeding Mainers, the Good Shepherd Food Bank initiative that gets Maine-grown produce to Mainers in need. We work directly with some of our neighbor pantries like Safe Place in Corinth.  This year we are also participating with the Maine Farmland Trust in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant, which provides matching funds for SNAP-eligible recipients purchasing fresh local fruits and vegetables. With FINI, we are offering our WorkPlace and SchoolPlace FarmShares to SNAP-eligible Mainers. Many of our WorkPlace subscribers have generously donated a week(s) share, which we are also happy to be able to deliver to someone in need. Be in touch with us with ideas about how farmers can partner with others to help with this confounding issue.

SchoolPlace FarmShare with the Locker Project

May 27, 2016

 

Lakeside Family Farm Partners with the Locker Project

Lakeside Family Farm is excited and honored to announce a partnership for its FarmShare program with the Portland-based Locker Project.

The Locker Project foodishope, aptly tagged Feeding the Future, connects food-insecure children in Maine with nourishing food to improve their learning capacity, health, and future. The Locker Project works with schools to provide students with healthy snacks and take-home food by stocking pantries at schools and youth education programs across southern Maine.

The Locker Project is perfectly aligned with Lakeside Family Farm’s philosophy. Lakeside Family Farm is committed to providing more Maine food to more Maine people through its sales to supermarkets where Mainers shop and now through its direct delivery of its WorkPlace FarmShares to places where Mainers work. Partnering with the Locker Project will enable LFF to extend this philosophy to places where children learn by regularly reaching out to children & their families with fresh local fruits and vegetables—the SchoolPlace FarmShare.

We all know that food insecurity is particularly harmful for our children and children are at greater risk than the general population for being hungry. Nearly one out of every four Maine children face hunger. Child hunger exists in even the wealthiest Maine communities. Among Maine residents generally, 16.2% are food insecure. Maine ranks twelfth in the nation for food insecurity and first in New England. Of these, 61% qualify for SNAP (food stamp) benefits at some level and 39% do not. Even those who have food stamps are less likely to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

These facts are disturbing and make this partnership all the more important. If you are interested in more information on the FarmShare, contact Sarah Redfield at (207) 752 1721 or sarah.redfield@gmail.com; for more information particularly about supporting the SchoolPlace FarmShare venture, contact Katie Brown, Executive Director at The Locker Project, (207) 899-9540, info@mainelockerproject.org.

 

Lakeside Farmshare at Mall this weekend

May 27, 2016

LFFserboxcrStop by our space at the Maine Mall Saturday and Sunday 11-6: meet folks from the farm and get some terrific samples at Williams-Sonoma – spring parsnips, potatoes, and something off the grill. Folks can sign up for FarmShares delivered to the mall every week all summer, fresh local produce picked Thursday, delivered Friday. Two free weeks from the farm for those who sign up this weekend. Look for us right outside Williams-Sonoma, across from Bath and Body Works.

Peas growing!

May 23, 2016

 

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Peas growing up to be on your plates the 4th of July!

 

 

 

The cold “Arctic spring” appears to be over and peas are up! The planting schedule here is, as you might imagine, complex and long; most everything is planted sequentially for continuing harvest all season, though of course some things, with long growing needs are planted now and won’t come to harvest until late fall–think parsnips or Brussels sprouts. Out my window I see the Newport crew, but planting also continues on land we are using in Somerset and Aroostook County. Somerset because there is good carrot interval land there. Aroostook offers a chance to realize a plan that’s been long in the making to form a growing partnership in Maine’s largest agricultural county. S.