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Ensuring Cape Elizabeth’s Farming Future…

The Cape Farm Alliance is a group of farmers, fishermen, gardeners, horse lovers, business owners and supporters of aPicture1 local food future for our town.

We work cooperatively throughout the year to “ensure Cape Elizabeth’s farming future,” to increase access to local food, to help maintain the rural character of our town, to enhance the economic viability of local farms and food-related businesses, and to raise awareness about local farming, fishing and food.

Check out our initiatives, attend a meeting or Cape Farm Alliance event, find a local farm or consider lending your financial support!

What’s in Season Right Now?

It’s time to purchase your CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share – from either (or all three!): Jordan’s Farm, Green Spark Farm, or Alewives’s Brook Farm.  (Alewives is putting your CSA purchase to use this year by utilizing the funds to rebuild the farm market, and add a cooking facility, so you can stop by for pre-cooked lobsters this summer!  Did you see the article in The Current newsaper?)  

Our farmers still have lots of fall storage veggies to share with you while we await the longer, warmer days, available in several ways:  at the winter farm markets (on Anderson St. in Portland Saturdays and on Rte. 77/Sawyer Rd. in South Portland Sundays), and at Alewives Brook Farm, which is open year round.

And Green Spark Farm already has fresh spring greens for us – thanks to their utilizing greenhouses to get an early start on some cool weather crops!

Green Spark and Jordan’s will have lush, healthy seedlings for your gardens – soon. Stay tuned!

Other News -

Mark you calendars for May 16, and plan to enjoy a fabulous dinner and silent auction event at the Inn by the Sea, to help raise funds for Alewive’s new market and commercial kitchen.  Here’s more info.

The ‘Maine Food Strategy’ is On the Move!

All interested Mainers, farmers, fishermen, businesses, agencies, organizations and individuals are invited to actively participate in the creation of Maine’s food future, through the Maine Food Strategy. A steering committee has been formed, and includes our own Penny Jordan, a new PR firm engaged, and other volunteer input is now being sought. There are dramatic changes taking place in all aspects of our state’s agricultural economy, with many more on the horizon. It’s an exciting time to be involved with Maine farms and food producers – and we all have the opportunity, right now, to play a role. Click here to learn more and to sign up for the MFS’s very interesting and informative newsletter..

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