Friday, October 16, 2009

Kennebunk Farmer's Market Apple Tasting & Children's Apple Art Day

'Tis the season for farm fresh apples!

The Kennebunk Farmers Market is hosting its Second Annual Apple Tasting and Children's Apple Art Day, this Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

From Gingergolds, Macs, Mutsus and Empires, come down to taste the best apples in York County and vote on Best Tasting, Best Looking and Personal Favorite!

Also, Kathy Marquis (Art Director of Kennebunk Elem. School) and her 1st graders have put together some BEAUTIFUL apple art collages for display to the public!

Raffles, recipe sampling, face painting and farm animals will be available to enjoy. Stock up on pumpkins, squash, cider, goodies and other fall products while they last!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Save the Date: Sparrow Arc Farm at the Bueno Queso Social Club

The Bueno Queso Social Club meets one Sunday of every month at 2:30pm at theMiddlesex Lounge, Central Square, Cambridge, MA. $40 per person.

October 18th @2:30PM
Matt from Sparrow Arc Farm and Maine's Cheese offerings, Wine and Beer to match.

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Monday, August 31, 2009

It's tomato time!

Check out these tomatillos, from the Tomato Tasting Day at the Kennebunk Farmers Market on Saturday, August 29!

Due to Tropical Storm Danny, the Tomato Tasting Day moved indoors to St. Martha's Church on Route 1. Countless varieties of locally grown tomatoes were on display, with recipes on showcase alongside Master Gardner advice and raffles.
Summer's winding down, but what better way to taste the fleeting flavors of warm-weather New England than farm-fresh tomatoes?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Unity farm is keeping it fresh

Story and Photos By David Leaming
Staff Writer
July 19, 2009

UNITY — The increasing desire for fresh produce grown in an environmentally conscious manner has led to a bumper crop for a Unity-based market garden farmer.

Matt Linehan, owner of Sparrow Arc Farms, said the business he started four years ago has steadily grown as demand rises for quality vegetables and fruits.

Walking through rows of broccoli in one of 18 acres of gardens in Waldo County, Linehan said he and his four workers are busy this summer planting, weeding, cultivating, harvesting and delivering 220 varieties of vegetables and fruits grown without harmful pesticides and picked fresh for customers in New England.

Linehan trucks boxes of produce each week that is picked the day before and sold at farmers markets in Kennebunk and first class restaurants in the Boston area like Clio, L’Espalier, Henrietta’s Table and Rialto.

“Although the business is still young, we are doing real good,” Linehan said. He said he and his paid employees — he does not receive pay himself — put in long, hard and dirty days and any profit is reinvested into the farm operation. “We continue to grow and there is lots of opportunity with this type of farming.”

Part of the success is that people do not see farmers markets as a novelty for a few items bought once in a while, according to Linehan. “People now shop at markets for a weeks- worth of groceries,” he said.

Customers want fresh foods that have not been exposed to harmful chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Our clients want super fresh, flavorful and ethically grown products. We also like doing fancy crops.”

Linehan’s products include salad greens, peas, carrots, radishes, broccoli, cabbage, fennel, cucumbers, onions, eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, squash, potatoes, fruit trees and edible flowers, to name a few, and are fertilized with farm manure. Any pest control on plants is achieved with the use of less harmful certified organic chemical sprays and not hard chemicals, according to Linehan.

Linehan said he believes the food movement is wide open with lots of growth potential without competing against other farmers.

“People want the freshest produce at the most affordable prices and that is what we do,” Linehan said before heading to his fields to do inventory.