CARIBOU — With another successful growing season behind them, workers at Micmac Farms still have an abundance of squash they’re hoping to sell to the community.
“A lot of people think this is for natives only, but everyone is welcome,” field supervisor Christie Paul said. “Micmac Farms is for the tribal community and the community in general. It’s for everyone.”
Located at 1353 Presque Isle Road in Caribou, Micmac Farms will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Several varieties of squash will be available for sale, including buttercup, butternut, sunshine, acorn, confetti acorn, delicata and blue hubbard.
“With Thanksgiving coming, this would be a good, inexpensive way to pick up some squash and see what else we have at the farm,” Paul said. “We’ll be selling the squash for $1 each, and if they’re really small, three for $1. We want to feed the people and not throw it out back and feed the animals.”
The farm started in the summer of 2010.
“We started without a building out of the back of a trailer to sell vegetables,” Paul said, noting they also can vegetables. “Our second year, the building came and we were inside. And we actually doubled our money the second year, which was awesome.”
“We grow strawberries, squash, onions, peppers, tomatoes, corn, carrots, beets, Swiss chard, spinach, kale, lettuce — and hopefully next year we’ll have potatoes,” farmer worker Cheryl Smart said. “We grow primarily to sell to anyone and everyone who’s looking for farm-fresh vegetables. Healthy and nutritious is the way to go.”
Smart said the farm often donates produce to tribal members.
“If we have a lot of squash or carrots left over, for example, and they’re about to go bad, we donate to our elders and the youth,” she said. “This summer, we donated a lot of tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and beans.”
“If we pick them and they don’t sell today, they go out to the elders or the tribal members immediately because we’re going to pick fresh again tomorrow,” Paul said. “Every day is fresh, no matter what.”
Micmac Farms typically opens in early July and closes around Halloween.
“We’re staying open a little bit longer because we have so much,” Paul said. “We invite people to come by and see what we have to offer.”