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Legislature Dodges Federal Meat Shutdown

On Monday, October 23, the Maine Legislature met in an emergency special session in part to address the threat from the USDA to rescind Maine’s contract to provide State Inspection of meat and poultry. This would have severely restricted Maine’s capacity to process any meat locally, potentially limiting the entire industry to a single slaughterhouse. This emergency was caused by the passage, in June of LD725 — which was passed and signed by the Governor in June — that allowed citizens to sell unregulated food products in towns that had passed ordinances stating that, often referred to as “Food Sovereignty Ordinances.”

Luckily both houses of the Legislature voted to approve LD1648 altering the language of LD725 specifically stating that all Maine meat processors had to comply with state and federal regulation regardless of local ordinances enacted by towns and cities.

The Guild public testimony at that public hearing can be found here.

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Peter Dixon Food Safety Workshop

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Find all the details  here.

2017 Maine Cheese Festival

2017 Maine Cheese Festival Vendor List

Final plans are coming together for the 2017 Maine Cheese Festival. Here is a list of confirmed vendors participating in this year’s event. See Maine Cheese Festival for full details. Go to Advance Online Ticketing

Here is our 2017 Lineup

MAINE CHEESEMAKERS

3 Level Farm
Appleton Creamery
Barred Owl Creamery
Casco Bay Butter
Copper Tail Farm
Crooked Face Creamery
Echo Ridge Cheese
Fredrikson Farm
From the Country Farm
Fuzzy Udder Creamery
Kennebec Cheesery
Lakin’s Georges Cheese
ME Water Buffalo Co.
North Branch Farm
Pumpkin Vine Family Farm
Silvery Moon Creamery
Spring Day Creamery
Springdale Farm Creamery
State of Maine Cheese Co.
Sunset Acres Farm
Swallowtail Farm and Creamery
Sweetgrass Farm Creamery
Tide Mill Farm
Wholesome Holmestead
Winter Hill Farm

ARTISANAL MAINE FOOD VENDORS

44 North Coffee
A Small Good
Back 40 Bakehouse
Brazen Baking
Friendship Lobster Treats
Hootenanny Bread
Sheepscot General Baking
Tempest in a Teapot – Tea
The Maine Crisp Co. – Gluten Free Crisps
Thirty Acre Farm Ferments
Turtle Rock Farm – Craft Cannery

MAINE FOOD COURT

Fiddlestick Farm -Ravioli
Gracie’s Farm to Truck –Mac N Cheese
Savage Oakes Catering –Burgers, Sausages & Chili
Stone Fox Creamery – Ice Cream
Uproot Pie Co. – Wood Fired Pizza
Yum Bus – Tacos & Crepes

OTHER

Dragon’s Breath Pottery

DEMOS

12:00 Cheesemaking with Arlene Brokaw
1:00 Ask a Fermenter – Ferment Demo with Thirty Acre Farm
2:30 Taste the Grape, Taste the Wine with Savage Oakes
3:45 Making Chevre Alfredo with Chef Mark Lacasse, The Maine Meal

MUSIC

11:45 Waldo County Homesteaders, Maisey Newell & Eric Dayan
2:45 Knox County Boogie Nights: The Midnight Riders