CAMDEN — During “Green October,” the Camden Public Library will be exploring some of the local efforts and local effects of the “green food” movement. Specialty food producers — often operating home-based microenterprises — are a growing Maine industry. Yet starting a Maine home-based food business can be a challenge, including licensing, food safety and business skill-building. In addition, some recipes and food products for sale may need to be reviewed by the Maine Food Processing Authority.
“From Recipe to Market” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, is a panel presentation of local food startups and a representative from the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension service who will offer experience and expertise on what an entrepreneur needs to do to prepare a new food product for the market. Speakers will include Beth Calder, food science specialist with the University of Maine, Allison Lakin of Lakin’s Gorges Cheese LLC, and others.