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New farmer’s market opens in Jackson

Posted June 24, 2013, at 7:15 a.m.

JACKSON, Maine — The Milk Room Farmstand, a new community food resource, has opened on Route 7, also known as the Moosehead Trail, in the town of Jackson.

Providing locally grown food resources for the Jackson community and surrounding area has been the vision of the Ludden and Hamel families for some time now and with the help and support of the Eldridges and the family Milk Room, it has become reality. The old Milk Room has been part of the Eldridge farm since 1926 when Jefferson Eldridge and his wife Florence purchased the Old Chase Place and began farming and raising their family in Jackson Maine. The old Milk Room still has the feel of an error gone by – as they say “those were the good ole days.” The days when life seemed a little simpler even though it seems as though everyone worked a little harder! Back in those days Route 7 was just a dirt road, a path really, and traffic through the Eldridge farm was very rare. Today there’s a lot more traffic through the old farm but the land around the Milk Room is still being utilized for farming. The lush green pastures around the Milk Room Farmstand add a bit of nostalgia and charm while they provide a natural food for the Pinzgauer cattle, work horses and pigs that graze on them!

At the Milk Room Market you’ll find locally raised meats like pork sausage and other pork products such as pork hotdogs and grass fed ground beef and steaks. You’ll also find locally grown vegetables, dried beans, strawberries and homemade butter, hummus and more. When discussing the products that will be available in the new farmstand, Ed Hamel and Debbie Ludden both say that the plan is to offer local products from local farmers in support of community agriculture and healthy food choices for our families.

The Milk Room farmers market is located about 5 miles from the Town of Brooks and about 4 miles from the intersection of 9 & 7 in the Town of Dixmont. If you’re interested in checking out “The Milk Room” farmstand here is the schedule:

Fridays: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturdays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sundays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Mondays: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

For more information about The Milk Room Farmstand contact Debbie Ludden (207-722-3195) & Ed Hamel (207-722-3212).

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