Get to know people growing a variety of goodness in Maine! Tune in for our live conversations with Real Maine members as they take us behind the scenes and through the seasons reminding us there are many good reasons to choose Real Maine farm products. Join us for the Harvesting Maine podcast for an inside look at Maine agriculture.

Episode One: Maple Syrup

The sap is flowing, and guests are joining us from sugar shacks as the syrup making is in full production. Maine maple producers walk us through the sap harvest season. They explain the nuances of sugaring, and how to enjoy maple products year-round.

What’s happening when the sap isn’t flowing? We get a taste for the the sugarmaker’s calendar, which is busy one!

Guests: Lewis and Andrea Church, Church’s Sugarhouse | Michael Bryant, Hilltop Boilers | Ben McKenney, Grandpa Jo’s Sugarshack | Marie Harnois, Passamaquoddy Maple | Kurt Sawyer, Sawyer’s Maple Farm.

Episode Two: Plants

It’s a bustling spring season and our guests are selling summer annuals, while thinking of fall mums, and a few years ahead! We discuss everything from cut flowers and seedlings, to nurseries and herbs. Also we explore the lifecycle of their efforts, including new plant varieties, family entrepreneurship, and deep Maine roots.

Our guests share ideas about where to go to get answers about plants, gardening and gardening (and it’s often close by!)

Guests: Tom Estabrook, Esatbrooks Nursery | Jennifer and Scott Joray, Eastern River Farm | Signe Lynch Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village | Marie Kirven, Sweet Dreams Lavender

Episode Three: Farm Animals

It’s the height of summer in Maine and our guests are working daily to care for their farm animals. We learn their dedication to farming is strongly connected to their care for animals. Also we hear about the pride that comes with growing good local food for their families and customers.

The mouthwatering discussion also reveals how a community of support is critical for farms, no matter how long they’ve been in operation.

Guests: Betsy Bullard, Canty Cow Creamery | Keena Tracy, Little Ridge Farm | Seren Sinisi, Old Crow Ranch

Episode Four: Fruits and Veggies

Longer nights are upon us and the farming doesn’t stop. Our guests join us just after dusk, reflecting on a year that has been especially busy, with unexpected juggling in addition to the typical farm tasks. Their decades of experiences help us ponder ways to encourage food for thought (and body). As well, they remind us to enjoy the bounty of Maine farm products year-round!

Guests: Penny Jordan, Jordan’s Farm | Marilyn Meyerhan, The Apple Farm

Episode Five: Fiber & Conifer

We conclude season one exploring fiber and conifers. A cozy, classically Maine wintry topic! It’s the real deal – sincere, not imaginary, and not synthetic. We are introduced to ‘Swants’ and felting, and the memories and freshness found in Maine’s choose and cut tree farms.

Guests: Mary Ann Haxton and Marty Elkin, A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm | Matt Quinn, Quinn’s Tree Farm