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With more blueberry growers in the red, some are selling their barrens

Although there was a slight turnaround this year in the price of blueberries, it wasn't enough to allow growers to make a profit. That's causing some growers to decide to sell their barrens,

Maine Food Insider: Waterville Winter Farmers Market finally finds a home

MAUREEN MILLIKEN |

It's taken three years of moving around, but Waterville's Downtown Winter Farmers Market is excited about the opportunities offered by its new "forever" home at the Alfond Youth Center.

Aroostook farm wins top potato award

Wood Prairie Family Farm, an Aroostook County farm in Bridgewater, won a 2018 Green Thumb Award for a potato variety called The Organic Potato Plant Detective, named one of the two best new edible...

Maine Food Insider: State's cranberry industry striving to stay above water

Maureen Milliken |

Maine's cranberry growers, like their counterparts nationally, are challenged by yields that are going down while demand hasn't gone up. New larger strains of the berry means processors also need...

USDA's $388K grant to fund UMaine's potato-breeding research

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $388,000 grant to the University of Maine at Orono to study potato breeding and improve quality and pest resistance in the eastern United States.

Maine’s wild blueberry harvest drops precipitously

Preliminary industry figures show Maine’s wild blueberry crop coming in at about 65 million pounds for 2017, well below last year’s almost 102 million pounds.

LMF board rejects $1.2M option to buy state's largest sugar maple plantation

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry didn’t make the cut in its bid to acquire a $1.2 million conservation easement through its Land for Maine's Future program in...

'Ugly veggie' outlet boosts Maine farms

The Farm Stand in South Portland's Knightville neighborhood is providing a new outlet for Maine farms by taking less-than-perfect vegetables and fruits and either transforming them into prepared...

Maine-invented machine could boost marijuana industry

A mechanical “bud tugger” reduces the amount of time it takes to trim marijuana plants from hours to minutes. The innovation is seen as having a strong potential market among growers of...

Maine Food Insider: Garbage goes green

MAUREEN MILLIKEN |

The eco-focus that’s helped spur the local food movement is also galvanizing the other end of the food chain: food waste disposal.

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