FOOD

Beech Hill Farm Stand Opens for Season

Posted June 25, 2013, at 11:51 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Location: Beech Hill Farm Stand, 171 Beech Hill Rd., Mt. Desert, Maine

For more information: Tess Faller; 207-244-5204; coa.edu/beech-hill-farm-microsite.htm

BAR HARBOR—The farm stand at College of the Atlantic’s local, organic Beech Hill Farm is now open in the town of Mount Desert. The stand remains open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through mid-September when hours will be reduced until it closes sometime in October.

The bins are full! Currently the farm is offering carrots, fennel, fresh herbs (including basil), garlic scapes, kale, lettuce, sugar snap peas, radishes, rhubarb, and local, low-spray strawberries, along with flowers, eggs, milk, yogurt, and vegetable plants for home gardens. Meat is also available: free-range chicken and nitrate-, hormone- and antibiotic-free pork and bacon.

Also at the stand are a wide range of local and artisanal preserves, cheeses, pesto, baked goods, bread, handmade pasta, maple syrup, and honey. Soon to come will be artichokes, peppers, tomatoes, and much more.

Beech Hill Farm is COA’s educational organic farm, supplying local produce to the college, Mount Desert Island schools and area restaurants. Additionally, the farm offers vouchers through its Share the Harvest program for community members relying on local food pantries. The farm stand accepts WIC and FMNP vouchers as well as EBT. Thanks to Share the Harvest’s fundraising efforts, this year Beech Hill Farm can double the dollar of any EBT, WIC, and FMNP user purchasing up to $20 of produce, thereby stretching the dollars of income-restricted community members looking to buy farm-fresh, local, organic produce. Earlier this year, the farm also partnered with Healthy Acadia and local food pantries to subsidize CSA shares. For more information about that program, contact Hannah Semler, Healthy Acadia gleaning coordinator at hannah@healthyacadia.org.

Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon are volunteer mornings at the farm. Tasks vary by the week. For those longing to learn a bit about work on an organic farm, help is needed harvesting, weeding, picking flowers, seeding, and transplanting. All help is appreciated.

Beech Hill Farm is located at 171 Beech Hill Rd. From Route 102 in Somesville, heading towards Southwest Harbor, turn right onto Pretty Marsh Road at the blinking yellow light next to the fire station. Proceed to Beech Hill Road (less than 1/4 a mile on your left). In approximately 1.5 miles, greenhouses and fencing will alert you to the farm. There are signs to guide visitors when the farm stand is open. For more information, call or e-mail: BeechHillFarm@coa.edu.

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