Join us for the Harvesting Maine podcast for an inside look at Maine agriculture. Our live-broadcast conversations with Real Maine members take us behind the scenes and through the seasons, reminding us there are many good reasons to choose Real Maine farm products.

Episode Nine: You can make it here

We talk about Maine farm products that are key ingredients of craft beverages made in Maine! Grapes of the northeast, fruit wines, and even a uniquely Maine, rhubarb wine are easy to enjoy. We learn about the technical process and tips for choosing Maine wines. Cheers!

Guests: Amanda O’Brien, Eighteen Twenty Wines, | Tony Lyons Willows Awake Winery

Episode Eight: Hello Neighbor

There’s always something to accomplish on the farm! Our guests pause their day job to share a springtime update about their businesses. They remind us that ensuring Maine farm products are available and accessible year-round is a common objective of farms across Maine. We hear from farm neighbors in Aroostook county, and a farm in Midcoast Maine.

Guests: Joe Bouchard, Bouchard Family Farm | Erin Parise, Aroostook Beef Company | Annie Watson, Sheepscot Valley Farm

Episode Seven: View from the barn

We are ‘down on the farm’ in Downeast Maine. We meet a shepherdess, maker, and business owner–and her flock of sheep! Tune in for inspiration and insight into one of the many reasons Maine agriculture is known for a variety of quality farm products and helpful people.

Guest: Dawn Lamoureux-Crocker, Starboard Farm

Episode Six: You can grow it here

Season two kicks off during National “Ag Week”. Our guests offer personal insight about bridging conections between Maine farms and crops, and food you can buy in Maine and elsewhere! Don’t miss the ideas and insight that comes about when entrepreneurs share their passion.

Guests: Olivia Hammond, Fox Family Potato Chips & Double G Farms | Mark Saxl, Gracie’s Garden | Amber Lambke, Maine Grains

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. Learn about ‘Swants’ and felting, and the memories and freshness found when you visit 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

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 atop typical farm tasks. Their decades of experiences help us ponder ways to encourage food for thought (and body). and remind us to enjoy the bounty of Maine farm products year-round!

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

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 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. We hear about Maine plant varieties, family entrepreneurship, and heritage, and where to get answers about plants, gardening and gardening. 

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

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.