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Siberia Farms Milk Delivery

Siberia Farms of Hermon, Maine now delivers their milk door-to-door, flooding back the memories of old-fashioned milk deliveries. WLBZ Bangor interviewed Ed Morsehead of Siberia Farms as well as one of their many happy customers on this topic, resulting in this video.

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Michael Shyka in the Spotlight

The Bangor Daily News ran a MaineFrame special on our very own Michael Shyka and his beautiful silken designs. It’s great to see local artists spotlighted, especially Michael!

Make sure you check out the article, and stop by the market to check out some of Michael’s designs – they are sure to please even the most discriminating tastes.

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Tea Time with the Holmes’s

I’ve been waiting oolong to have a great tea. Here’s an interview with some of the best tea merchants this side of the Orient.

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How did you start working with tea? 

We did a lot of reading books and online material to get a feel for what it would take.

What made you want to work with tea? 

It was out of frustration.  We could not find a good supply of loose leaf tea in our area and a minimal supply of decaffeinated teas.  There was no quality, no variety.  We had to travel to Portland and Boston.

How did you get to where you are today? 

We don’t feel we’re very far yet. We still have some planning to do.  Still, it took constant effort to not give up.  There were road blocks at every corner but we didn’t give up.

Is there anywhere else you’d like to go with your business? 

We have a vision of opening a retail store where we not only offer quality loose leaf teas but all the accessories that go with it.  And eventually to have a tea cafe where we offer tea brewed by the cup or pot and yummy pastries.

Have you worked with or learned from anyone significant? 

We are very much self-taught.  Both of us have sales experience but there’s more to tea than just liking to drink it so we had a lot to learn.

Could you list some of the teas you offer?

We offer the basics like, ceylon, darjeeling,oolong, rooibos, gunpowder, dragon’s well and herbals. Then we have fun flavors like peach apricot, blueberry, sweet pumpkin spice, chocolate mint.

From your teas, what sells best or is most liked?

During the Summer, it’s peach apricot hands down.  Since Fall started, it’s been, chocolate mint, sweet pumpkin spice and apple fig.

Are there any teas you sell that are significantly healthy or have remedial powers?

Tea in general has lots of health benefits.  All loaded with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.  Different types of teas offer different benefits.  Dan decided that he wanted the benefits of all the different types of teas in one cup.  He blended a tea that has oolong, black, green and herbal teas.  He called it vitalitea.  It tastes good and has sold really well.

What are your favorite teas?

Dan’s is iced peach apricot.  I have such a hard time with a favorite.  My biggest decision in the morning used to be what to wear and now it’s which tea to drink.  In the summer, I go for iced fruit teas, when not feeling well, green tea with ginger added, in the mornings, orange potpourri or yerba mate with mint, afternnoon is for darjeeling or cream earl grey.

How can people best reach you?

People can reach us many ways, whatever is their favorite way to communicate.

By Phone, call or txt: 223-4249, email: teamaineia@gmail.com through our website: www.teamaineia.com or facebook, like our page.

Where other than the European Market are your teas sold? 

We have a selection at the Winterport Winery and we participate in events like the Maine Harvest Festival when possible.

Is there anything else you’d like to say? 

We are blessed that so many people are rooting for us to succeed.  At first, we were unsure if anyone but us would be interested in having better tea options available in our area.  The response was fabulous and cemented our commitment to continue to work towards making high quality loose leaf teas more accessible in our area.

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I like the idea of tea by the pot – good luck guys see you at your cafe soon!

Interview with Elaine’s Basket Cafe

Here is an interview with the sweet as her donuts Elaine Poulin of Elaine’s Basket Cafe.

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How did you get started with the Cafe? 

I worked for 30 years in State government and I’ve always wanted to own my own business for years.  I truly am enjoying this more than any job I’ve had.  A lot of work but very fullfilling.

What about food made you want to work with it? 

I was born and raised on a potato farm with all the animals possible and we worked all the time bringing in food and storing things in the summer for winter months.  We were always in the kitchen – family of 8 kids so we always had stuff to do to prepare meals and clean house.  It was what we did and we learned to enjoy it.

How did you get to where you are today? 

Worked in an office setting for 30 years and had part time jobs waitressing in restaurants also, so I always fantacized about owning my own restaurant.  When I moved back to Maine after being in Florida for 13 years I knew it was time to do it.

Is there anywhere else you’d like to go with your business? 

Yes, I would like to be in more convenient stores selling my product and also doing mail orders and internet orders also.  We would like to expand and offer more to the people in the future.

Have you worked or learned from anyone significant? 

My Mom was a jack of all trades.  She always used to say anything is possible if you put your mind to it and do it.  She was right because when you have a dream and you believe enough you can make it happen.  I used to thumb through cookbooks for enjoyment and always try new stuff and my Mom was very supportive of that.  She owned a sewing business and people would come pick up or drop off their clothes and I would give them samples of what I was baking and they would always say – you should open a bakery.

Could you list some of the things you offer at your Cafe? 

We have an awesome breakfast, eggs benedict, omelets, crepes, pancakes, muffins, croissants, homemade breads and much more.  We have a wide variety of donuts and bakery items.  We have people that drive far to get to our place to eat breakfast.

From what you make, what sells best or is most liked? 

People love our donuts and cinnamon buns.  We make donuts daily and fresh cinnamon buns a few days a week and they are a hit.

How did you get into making baskets and how did your hobby work its way into becoming part of the Cafe’s name?

I’ve always had a love for baskets because we picked our potatoes in the baskets and they always fascinated me.  I took up basket weaving 30 years ago and pretty much taught myself and have loved it ever since.  I used to do art shows in Florida and when I got here I opened the restaurant, I am also selling them in the gift shop area.  That is also the reason I have basket in my business name.

What is your favorite food and/or dessert? 

My favorite food and dessert is ice cream.  I also have an ice cream shop in the cafe because I enjoy eating ice cream so much.  What more does one want when their is ice cream to eat?

How can people best reach you? 

I am located in Milo and you can reach me at the shop which is at 24 W. Main St, in Milo but we will be moving downtown right on Main street.  My phone number is 207-943-2705.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Owning your own business is alot of work but very much worth it.  Everyone should follow their dream because that is what makes life worth living and what I live for is to make someone happy everyday.  Some days it’s many people which makes this world a better place to be in.  How can you not be happy eating some comfort food.  Loving what you do is not work.

How are your donuts so delicious?

Everyone of them is hand cut and filled with love.

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Fisher Farm Podcast

This is our first podcast in which we interview Fisher Farm on MOFGA’s apprenticeship program. They will talk about how they got into farming, why they have apprentices, and why apprentices are useful in getting their produce to you. Enjoy the podcast.

If you are still interested in MOFGA’s program here is some more info on the following program, the journey person program:

After the apprenticeship program a striving farmer can continue their study of sustainable agriculture through the journeyperson program. In this program, the journeyperson chooses a mentor who will watch over and check up on the new farmer.

The journey people begin to work on their own farm and crop, if applicable, within this program. There are many benefits to this program including mentorship, technical assistance, business planning, and help with getting established.

The journey people are provided with free access to any of MOFGA’s resources including events, workshops, and conferences. They also receive an educational stipend of $500 per year, which can be spent on supplementary classes, workshops, conferences, reference books, and anything that is educational and useful to a farmer. The journey people also receive a group discount at FEDCO and Organic Growers Supply and have access to MOFGA’s Organic Farmers’ Loan Fund.

According to Dennis Fisher of Fisher Farm, as seen in the video, the best part of the apprenticeship program is after the apprentices leave and work their way to owning their own farm. He along with Beth Haines, has kept in touch with all the apprentices who worked on to farm and visits their farms regularly, remaining a source and guide to his former apprentices.

An Interview with Izzy’s Catering

Here is an interview for you that we had with the lovely Izzy Wieck of Izzy’s Catering. Enjoy.

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How did you get into the catering business?

I have always been interested in it and wanted to prepare food with love. And also I like to see people happy when they eat.

What about food made you want to work with it?

I always had the dream of making food with quality and not with quantity. People eat with their eyes. When an item is appealing then they will want to eat it. Food is a form of art that should be recognized. The slow food movement is very important.

How did you get to where you are today?

Through the support of my parents, friends, and the chef instructors from Eastern Maine Community College.

Is there anywhere else you’d like to go with your business?

Demonstrations, traveling, and participating in food conferences

Have you worked or learned from anyone significant?

Troy Mains of the Robinhood Free Meeting House. Alejandro Rave and David Adams of Thistles Restaurant, Carl Johnson of Fisherman´s Inn, Mark Janicki, Jay Demers, and Julie Dufour of Eastern Maine Community College who were my chef instructors.

What is your favorite food and/or dessert?

It always depends on the day and season. With cold weather, I crave Persian lamb stew.

From what you make, what sells best or is most liked?

It always depends on the season. For example during the season of Lent, people always order hot cross buns. Sage and basil-scented shortbread cookies all year round.  Leek and goat cheese quiche is a great seller.

What events do you cater most?

The European Farmers Market and the performances during the school year at the Collins Center of the Arts. I just started a new venue at UMA in Bangor on Mondays and Tuesdays where I serve lunch items.

What catering services do you offer?

I do everyday meals, desserts, private parties, and/or functions.

How can people best reach you?

By email and/or phone.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

The European Farmers Market is my bread and butter.

The Collins Center for the Arts and UMA in Bangor is bringing the bacon home.

Private catering is the gravy.

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If you have any more questions for Izzy or would like to hire her for an event reach her through her facebook or email her at izzyscatering@gmail.com.

Market Walkthrough

When entering the market which is now in Rick’s greenhouse next to Ingrid’s one can’t ignore the lovely scents coming from all the vendors. The first vendor on the right is Dick’s Baking selling pies, pickled goods, and produce. Selling his produce will either be Dick himself or his daughter-in-law Terry.

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After Dick is Fisher Farm offering fresh, local produce and herbs, eggs, as well as some ornamental crops.Fisher Farm is located in Winterport, ME and the farmers, Beth, Dennis, and Baby Jane live off the grid.

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Following Fisher Farm is Tea Maineia, offering an array of teas.Tea Maineia is a new company owned and operated by a couple from Winterport as well, Dan and Debbie.

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After Tea Maineia, is the new vendor North Branch Farm also selling fresh, local produce, as well as dried flowers.North Branch Farm is one of our newest vendors and a considerably new farm itself. The vendor selling is usually one of the farmers herself, Anna.

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Next comes Panteli’s Greek Cuisine including baked goods. Panteli’s is owned by Betty, a sweet lady who can cook up a storm of good food.

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Panteli’s is followed by Las Dos Hermanas Catering offering Mexican Cuisine including fajita rolls, taquitos, nachos, and burritos.After growing up in Southern California Linda moved to the Northeast but not without taking her grandmother’s recipes with her.

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Michael Shyka is next selling his designer hand-painted scarves, clothing, and paintings.He has a studio in Bangor and has sold his pieces to brand names such as VIctoria’s Secret and Ann Taylor.

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In the back is Sunset Acres Farm offering various meats including anything from duck to beef. They also offer goat cheese and eggs. Bob’s farm located in Brooks milks about 90  Saanen, Alpine and Nubian dairy goats.

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Working our way back to the front we come to Izzy’s Catering selling delicious cakes and baked goods. Izzy has many catering events, a majority of which are weddings.If someone you know is getting married Izzy’s goodies are a true delight.
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Next to Izzy is Elaine’s Basket Cafe selling mainly donuts, coffee, and other baked goods. Kids and adults flock to Elaine for her donuts. She can mainly be found making a basket or two a day at her stand.

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Next to Elaine is International Delight selling anything from empananas to cheesecake with pomegranate seeds.Well named for the Argentinian cook who really cooks up a delight in everything she offers.

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Siberia Farms is next selling dairy products from their jersey cows. These include milk, yogurt, and cheese. Siberia Farms became quickly loved as costumers could now get their fresh, local milk from the market.

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Next is Haight Farm selling hydroponic produce as well as salad dressings. Sadly, he will not be returning to the market until April.

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Our newest vendor Scaredy Cat’s comes next selling cupcakes and jellies/jams.The cupakes are divine offering flavors such as mocha and chai, while the jams/jellies are perfect for a gift.

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The last vendor is Hillcrest Orchards sells apples, cranberries, sauces, and ciders. The orchard powers on after losing one of their orchards to the ice storm a couple of years back and now working off their other orchard.

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