KELT’s 4th Annual Winter Read

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, at 2:23 p.m.

Friday, January 17 to Monday, March 3, 2014; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Hyde School, 616 High Street, Bath, ME

Contact: Becky Kolak; 207-442-8400


Community book discussion group focuses on forgotten foods and flavors

BATH- The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) invites the public to participate in the fourth annual Winter Read, a community book discussion on March 13. This year’s selection is Taste, Memory: Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter by David Buchanan. It is a narrative exploring food from our culinary past like, too-fragile strawberries or cantankerous pears and their place in our modern food system.

The reader joins gardeners, preservationists, environmentalists, farmers, and cooks on a journey to rediscover the role of bygone edibles in our farming fields and at our dinner tables. These forgotten foods are championed as essential to our culinary culture and agricultural biodiversity. Buchanan peppers in his own personal experiences of heritage food preservation from Argentina to Washington to Maine.

The author is joining the public discussion event at the Hyde School Mansion on March 13 starting at 6pm. Please contact Bath Books or Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick for a copy of Taste, Memory to read the book before the event.

This program is free and open to the public thanks to generous sponsorship from First Federal Savings Bank ( and The Merrymeeting Bay Trust.

David Buchanan currently is in the process of creating a farm winery and planting orchards for hard cider through his business Origins Fruit ( in Pownal. Buchanan also oversees production for Old Ocean House Farms in Cape Elizabeth. There he grows over 250 varieties of fruit along with herbs and heirloom vegetables. Before this, Buchanan worked for farms, ranches, and nurseries; managed a landscape design company focused on native plant restoration; directed an educational farm for a community non-profit; and assisted starting a Slow Food USA chapter in Portland and ran the chapter for three years.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. It maintains nine preserves for public enjoyment and has protected 2,370 acres of land since founding in 1989. FMI visit or call (207) 442-8400.