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POLL QUESTION

Maine farmer turns fresh produce into funky ferments

“My hope was to just provide nutritious food to people. I think we’re definitely doing that by growing nutritious crops and them giving them further value through the fermentation process.”
Wyatt Beauchamp, 6, is held by his mother Kristin after he had a small seizure. Wyatt has epilepsy, which causes seizures that range from a few seconds of inactivity to major episodes when he falls to the floor and his body starts to shake. He has to wear a helmet to provide some protection during the numerous falls throughout the day.
Homestead

Maine family seeks solutions to help child with epilepsy

Even though the family’s path has been hard and at times scary, it has been made a little easier thanks to the love and care from their expanding community. On this path, there is hope.
Bartlettyarns newest owner, Lindsey Rice, watches as the mill's old 1948 mule spins yarn.
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Yarn of a different century: Traditional spinning takes center stage at Maine mill

“I love the old machinery. It does a fantastic job. We’re producing something more of quality than quantity.”
A new app launched by Forager 1 LLC, a group led by former CashStar CEO David Stone, aims to streamline transactions between local farmers and stores such as the Portland Co-op.
POLL QUESTION

It just got easier for Mainers to get food from local farmers

The company aims to improve transactions between small farmers and grocery stores or cooperatives, mostly by taking manual paperwork out of the equation.
SWEET POTATO KITCHEN

Small Maine produce farmers press on even in the winter months

Lokie Horn and his wife Adria stated their farm in Pittston two years ago. They keep a herd of yak, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits. Lokie said they decided to raise yak for their milk and in smaller part for their meat.
Homestead

Veterans are putting roots down in Maine — as farmers

There are now more than 250 veteran-owned farms in the Pine Tree State that belong to the non-profit United Farmer Veterans of Maine.
Bangor area residents examine the offerings at a community supported agriculture (CSA) fair in 2011.
POLL QUESTION

Bangor farm share fair could determine what you eat this season

“This is one of the really best ways to support local agriculture because it’s not just going to the farmers’ market — it’s investing in the farmer for the entire season.”
SLOWER TRAFFIC

When did 'slow' become a bad word?

A woman sews a button onto a garment in Portland in 2014.
Homestead

How to replace a button that fell off

The basic tools necessary for the small sewing project are a needle, thread that matches the color of the clothing item and a button that is the same — or as similar as possible — as the other buttons on the garment.
Cheryle Matowitz, right, owner of Bread of Life Bulk Food in Presque Isle, bags up some pure maple water for customer Diane Andrews of Hamlin. The raw sap contains numerous nutrients and vitamins and is becoming a popular beverage.
Homestead

Forget coconut water, maple sap water is the latest craze

“It’s kind of following the coconut water craze.”