Friday, August 29
Week in Review, Aug. 29
Slow Food Nation opened in San Francisco (7, 8) and the Democratic National Convention was held in an arena named for Pepsi (9). Researchers linked childhood ear infections and heavy breathing with obesity (10). China Villa served takeout said to be "unusually fresh" (11), Chef et al was called a "great little spot" (12), and swimmers, who plunged naked into a Greenville lake for free food, faced fines (13).
Wyman's CEO drove a pristine BMW minivan (14). The nomination of an organic blueberry farmer to the state's pesticide board was defeated (15). The board was said to regulate, not promote, pesticide use (16) and others urged another organic nominee (17). Community supported fisheries expanded to Mount Desert Island (18).
Wednesday, August 27
Tuesday, August 26
McCain Foods backs McCain
Ebenezer's Lovell, Maine
Monday, August 25
However much I love fries and gravy and cheese, I still have to say that the plain fries at Evangeline might top the rest, via MM.
Going high-tech in The County
As Maine potato farmers watch their profit margins continue to shrink as costs for everything from fertilizer to diesel fuel escalate, farmers like [Daniel] Corey are finding ways to cut expenses and improve efficiencies, whether that means finding new markets to exploit or investing in new, high-tech systems to streamline operations, via Mainebiz.
Sunday, August 24
Saturday, August 23
“I know that he’s paying attention in a certain way and therefore we have that certain possibility of really offering him advice.”Waters then suggested forming a set of agriculture and food advisers – a “Kitchen Cabinet” – and holding press conferences at a freshly-formed compost heap on the White House lawn
Like many local food advocates, though, Waters appears to harbor genuinely conservative values, writes John Schwenkler in the Boston Globe:
Set against books like National Review editor Jonah Goldberg's best-selling "Liberal Fascism," which glibly suggests affinities between the organic food movement and Nazi totalitarianism, it is easy to treat views like Waters's simply as a liberal phenomenon. But this is not as it should be: For in her deference to tradition, her focus on community, and her understanding of the role of the family in society it is Waters, not Goldberg, who is giving a voice to genuinely conservative values.
Going bust in The County
So in mid-September I headed up to Aroostook County. ... I can't lie--some of the journey was incredibly disappointing. There I was, in one of the richest agricultural regions in the country, sitting down at a restaurant and discovering that, rather than serving green beans from their neighbors down the street, they're buying them frozen, from Sysco, via F&S.
Friday, August 22
Week in Review, Aug. 22
The owner of a feedlot in California at the center of a recent beef recall watered his flowers while wearing an In-N-Out Burger T-shirt (6) and officials said, "Hundreds of people were getting free crabs" (7). Eighteen percent of Maine farmland was foreign owned (8), volunteers sold 2,000 smoothies (9), and bottled water consumption was highest in the U.A.E. (10). Hydrox cookies staged a comeback (11). A ranger allegedly assaulted partygoers in Acadia (12) and a Dunkin Donuts' drive through was closed for an hour because of a stabbing (13).
Potatoes were wet but would still be harvested (14), Alaska's largest dairy closed (15), and a hornworm squasher and writer said, "If you volunteer at a farm, don’t necessarily expect to work on your tan while channeling Laura Ingalls Wilder" (16). Camping Lite offered s'more delivery (17).
Thursday, August 21
And all this bottle and bag business coincides with a proposed tax hike on beverages that the The Fed Up With Taxes coalition, a beverage and restaurant association, opposes.
Just as the perceived value of the bottle bill grew when the state faced a solid waste crisis, perhaps a new carrot-and-stick initiative tied to products whose manufacture uses lots of petroleum — like plastic bags — would appeal to that same Maine frugality.
Lobster caught in downturn
Wednesday, August 20
"A can of beans"
Lobster Mac & Cheese
Tuesday, August 19
The cost of lobster
At root, the global forces that are driving up the price of food don't significantly affect the vacation lobster business in Maine. Commercial and consumer demand doesn't vary much for off-the-boat lobster. Sure, many lobsters are sold to processing plants. But unlike other seafood products—think of canned tuna, or clam sauce, or frozen fish fillets—lobster is not produced or marketed on a mass global scale, which also means there are no speculators trying to make a killing on lobster futures, via Slate.
A call for carts
Monday, August 18
The what room
A consultant's report submitted this week says Maine lobster could indeed qualify for the certification, as long as the fishery overcomes a few weaknesses, via PPH.In light of Alaska's dismissal of the Marine Stewardship Certification, the MSC said:
"More typically fisheries clients are groups of fishers and their associations or seafood industry and commercial entities, who are better placed [cha-ching!] to directly benefit from all the advantages third party certification can bring [cha-ching!]."For more on the real, made-for-TV version of the lobstering conflict, head to the Lobster Wars (Thanks Jason!).
Sunday, August 17
Nowadays, if you go Down East to the vast blueberry barrens of Washington County, around the towns of Milbridge, Cherryfield, Addison and Jonesboro, you’ll find farmers mechanically pruning the acreage by flailing until each craggy little bush is but an inch and a half high.Increased mechanization has also coincided with the decline in the number of migrant workers. Still, as Jeff Clark writes in Down East:
Blueberry company executives, wreath factory owners, and Aroostook farmers have all been quoted as saying that migrant farmworkers are vital to their continued success. ... “We need the farm-workers and love them,” says a spokesperson for one of the biggest broccoli growers in The County. “We’re definitely supporters of the migrant population. But right now we want to keep a low profile and just paddle our own canoe up here.”
A new "blog" from MaineToday, In a Snap (pronounced, "inner snap"), previews the restaurant and calls the second week of apple season at the farmers market the first sign of fall. While the blog's content may be questionable, at least there's something fresh more than once every two weeks.
Dining on plastic plates from meals served in aluminum containers, you can enjoy a good Chinese dinner at Fortune Garden, via PPH.Seriously? This isn't just a cheap shill?
Friday, August 15
St. Peter's Festival
Week in Review, Aug. 15
A mycologist offering $40 classes warned against eating wild mushrooms (6) and food stamp recipients would get an average of $23 more per month (7). Beef price escalated (8), melons needed baths (9). John McCain suggested his wife join a Buffalo Chips contest, where topless women often perform fellatio on bananas (10), Florida crowned its Strawberry Queens (11), and the blueberry festival in Machias planned a pie eating contest (11).
Sustainable lobster would mean more reporting by fishermen (12), a gardener harvested his first tomato (13), and Safeway expanded it's storebrand organic label (14). "And I care about what I buy," said a shopper, "but milk is milk" (15).
Tuesday, August 12
Plywood: Summer edition
A new Mexican place run by the original owners of Aurora Provisions is being planned for the old Icehouse.
Miss Portland Diner put up a sign.
Owner's of Falmouth's Foreside Grill planned a place named Grace at the old Chestnut Street Church.
Back to the landers 2.0
Some romanticize the career, focusing on the beauty of the fruits or the joy of being in harmony with the land. They may not consider the bugs, hot weather, backbreaking work to pull weeds and harvest cucumbers -- not to mention the long hours and low initial wages, via WP.
Friday, August 8
B & M Baked Beans
The assignment came with a special tool, fabricated in the millwright's shop. It looked like a framing hammer with a steel spike welded to the end. It made a satisfying sound as it pierced the cans.
I had a great time for the first hour. Then I came to a bad can. I should have known what it was. It looked different than the others, misshapen and bulging in the middle. If you've ever shot a can of shaving cream with a BB gun, you know what happened next.
Week in Review, Aug. 8
The FDA warning on tomalley was said to "tip the scales" on lobstermen (7). Maine has not a serious effort to eliminate raw milk (8). A Machiasport resident questioned the bounty of soy (9), Kosher meats were called dark (10), and a Kneading Conference attendee said, “The statement that only conventional agriculture can feed the world is a myth” (11).
The Lobster Festival was compared to Christmas (12). A hot doggery turned 100 (13), the state celebrated Farmers Market Week (14) and Tomato Tasting Month (15). The owner of No View Farm could foresee an increase in locally-grown foods (5). "The food was good, the prices were good," said a regular customer at a Hermon restaurant that closed because of high food prices. "Where am I going to go now?" (17)
Thursday, August 7
Wednesday, August 6
Lobster love The Internets
It's a nice sunny day off the Maine coast near Portland. The air is sharp with the smell of sea spray off some jagged rocks nearby...
The Grill Room
[Harding Smith] pairs the hanger steak, cooked nicely to an even pink, with a great chewy chorizo, a big pile of oil-sauteed spinach, and white beans. The wintery flavors were great on a chilly summer night on the patio, and were not drowned out in the mildly spicy chimichurri sauce. Other grilled meats were equally well prepared, via tP.
Tuesday, August 5
Red tide recedes
Saturday, August 2
Friday, August 1
Week in Review, Aug. 1
A former potato farmer drove around the state looking for fresh produce (6). Community Supported Fisheries expanded to include Belfast (7), the Baldaccis sold the family restaurant (6), and radishes were sold in Kennedy Park (8). Fast food took off during hard times (9), LA planned to ban certain fast food restaurants (10), and the Big Mac was an economic indicator (11).
The KFC gene connected Polynesian and South American chickens (12). Mold grew on raspberries (13) and WTO trade talks collapsed over food and farming issues (14, 15). Lobster prices fell, but only in New England (16) and a kneading conference organizer said, "We hope to return the Skowhegan area to its heritage as the breadbasket of Maine." (17).
Thinking about the barnyard (discretions)
Similarly, there is no ethical theory (at least not one that takes animals themselves as morally relevant subjects) on which one could consistently hold that it is a moral transgression against an animal to use it for one’s own sexual gratification, but that it is at the same time morally permissible to slaughter that animal and eat it, via 3QD.