Dave giving us some music while breakfast is being made!
Sue Watson "the driver"
Dave wondering what the heck my strange plant is~
Jen & Ed readying for the road trip! (before engagement) which happen at the end of the day!
Dexter Organic farmer Fred Sherburne
learning about Fred's farming practices; soil health, Lineback cows, diversity of crops....
Has seen generations of farm work!
Jen and Fred talking about soil health.
Sue Watson of USDA, Heart of Maine RC&D adding her expertise in soil health, rotation of crops, no tilling practices and more...
Jen and Ed
With the help of USDA Rural Development, the ME Alternative Agriculture Association (MA3) has turned a defunct grange hall into a beautiful new space for collecting and processing local farm products. Come see this wonderful new facility, look us over, and sample the wares from “the Beast”...our glorious wood-fired brick oven! July 28th Open House --- 1 - 4 pm / 699 Anson Road / Starks, ME (4.5 miles from Anson/Madison bridge, Rt. 43)
Paula's new oven on the inside
Getting ready for Open House July 28th
Old Grange Hall being renovated in Starks Maine
Sue Watson, Dave, Ed & Ed
JC talking with Paula and Sue about the making of spirits using local & organcic soil practices throughout the country and beyond
Ed check out the back of the new oven
Back of grange
The space where the "coolbot" cooler is going to be.
Paula Day & Judy discussing grants :)
Love the face!
Outside of the oven
Jen talking about 'creating a story' and branding of your project or product!
2nd floor of Grange
Great old light
checking out Paula and Eds wheat field.
Field Trip / Harakiel Farm - Winter Wheat Trial / 11am – 1pm 94 Waugh Rd., Starks Harakiel Farm planted two acres of winter wheat last fall using Crop and Soil Consultant, Mark Fulford’s recommendations for organic and biological soil management and a modified “SRI” planting. Mark will be on hand to discuss soils management and to explain what SRI means to grain production in our region.
Paula bring back some premium hay they were cutting that day.
checking out the moisture content
Dave learning 'stuff'
Jen driving Sue's truck :)
Absolutely the perfect summer day in Maine!
Paula & Ed's farm in Starks
Paula & Ed's farm in Starks... so nice!
Test field of wheat in Starks at Paula & Ed Day's farm
wheat & hay field
Ed Forgotson, our official "trip photographer"
Dave & Sue checking out the wheat (beautiful looking wheat)
Paula explaining about the "NO Till" practices and her new premieum horse hay being mowed
so cute! and loves having his photo taken...
Paula's Handsome 18 hand tall gelding
Wonderful lunch at Riversedge Restaurant (?) in either Oakland or Waterville. It over looks a river and their vineyard & garden. They support and serve local foods as well! Great lunch and got some good ideas for our deck!
love the way they set up their deck!
Jen & Ed bought a berry pie at the Restaurant's separate bakery & shop! Worth the trip!
nice way to display the wines...
nice homemade bakery goods
local foods being sold! cheeses, meats and more
cool and inexpensive lighting! Maine ingenuity!
Love the simplistic lighting
Barrels in Waterville! Stop by and see Dave... tell him Judy sent ya :)
the entrance from the back parking lot
Main Sunflower oil
Locally grown, locally produced
made in maine products
Sue making a purchase!
We all made purchases....
... and it was yummy too with my homemade basil/garlic oil
oops.. did I eat that sample?
potatoes were all gone... I was sad
we wanted everything!
one of their volunteers painted this! AWESOME
customers stories... posted on wall
Front of store on the main street
the fresh meat was from Herring Brothers in Guilford!
I bought a couple of these and oh my, it was good! I had never used 'fresh' garlic, only after it was dried...
Made in Maine
love the floors~
They are great about signage!
the gift shop part of the store with Maine crafters represented
Jen with her purchases! Gifts for me????
a view down the whole store
Didn't want to leave, but it had been a full day of discovery~
...and back home to our future store...
I can't wait until we are a destination of other people's Field Trip!
We have such a pretty town here in Dexter!
looking at the hole in the floor that shows the many levels of the previous floor..