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Farmers ask: ‘Who can I sell my land to?’

Ask any of the farmers at the Stonington Farmers Market and they’ll tell you: Farming is hard work. But it’s also a labor of love. When it comes time to retire, farmers often hate the thought of their carefully tended fields, orchards and buildings turned into a McMansion and a lawn.

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That’s the dilemma faced by Leslie Cummins and Tim Seabrook. You’ve seen them selling peaches, vinegar and cider at the Stonington Farmers Market. If you were smart, you bought some.

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Leslie and Tim earlier this week in a story titled, “Maine farmers ready to retire wrestle with succession planning.”

Leslie Cummins and Tim Seabrook own Five-Star Nursery and Orchard in Brooklin, but they are considering selling the farm where they grow apples, pears and make apple cider. They would like to sell their land to someone who would continue using it as a farm instead of developing the property.

According to the newspaper,

It’s evident that Cummins and Seabrook have poured their hearts and souls into this venture, a source of deep pride and connection to their community on the Blue Hill Peninsula. But at 70 and 69, respectively, they’re ready to step back from the hard work of their daily routines and explore the possibilities of retirement.

“We are really ready to do the next part of our lives,” Cummins said. Already, they’ve bought a small house in town, close to friends, services and amenities. Now, they’re trying to find an appropriate buyer for the farm. And it’s not easy.

“Who do we want to sell it to, some rich dude from New York?” Seabrook asked. “We’d probably lose everything we’ve built here.”

The newspaper reports a New Hampshire not-for-profit called Land For Good is helping farmers like Leslie and Tim find other farmers to buy their land.

Read the whole story here.



Be Smart. Buy Blueberries.

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Don’t let the summer go by without buying some healthful Maine wild blueberries at the Stonington Farmers Market. There are only three more Fridays until the market ends, and the blueberries are going fast!

You can’t get these babies just anywhere. Wild blueberries are unique to eastern Maine, because of its rocky acidic soil and cool climate.

The wild blueberry is smaller and sweeter than its cousin, the high-bush blueberry. A Mainer will tell you high-bush blueberries are just wrong.

Blueberries Make You Smarter

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Renata Scarano of Blue Zee Farm

All blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which can help prevent disease. But wild blueberries have twice the antioxidants of high-bush blueberries.

New studies also suggest blueberries can improve memory in older adults.

Even when frozen, blueberries are still an excellent source of antioxidants. That’s why you want to order organic wild Maine blueberries in bulk from Blue Zee Farm. Talk to Renata Scarano about ordering some on the next Friday you’re at the Stonington Farmers Market. Renata runs the Blue Hill organic farm with her husband Mark and little girl Julia.

If you can’t make it to the Stonington Farmers Market, you can call Blue Zee at (207) 374-9976.

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The Benefits of Farm-Raised Kids

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The Stonington Farmers Market is primarily all about the farmers who showcase their wonderful locally grown produce at our Friday morning market. Come down this Friday from 10AM to Noon as we wind down our season at the last market of 2015.

Click here to read this great article in the Washington Post about why farm kids have less allergies than those raised in sterile environments. (Another reason to come to Deer Isle in the summer and let your kids roam freely!)