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background: Farm Fresh For ME is an initiative of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry in collaboration with Western Mountains Alliance and other for-profit and NGO’s who are supporting development of food buying clubs throughout Maine. The ultimate goal of Farm Fresh for ME is to increase the market for small family farms in their local communities while providing nutritious, healthy and affordable foods to Maine families.

Farm Fresh for ME embraces the concept of consumer food buying clubs.  A consumer food buying club pools the demand of several households, allowing them to purchase larger quantities of food at less than full retail price. Local food buying clubs are a wonderful way to help Maine farmers sell more products in a more organized, collective way. 

Funding from USDA and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry helped Farm Fresh for ME pilot an innovative buying club model in Readfield where Maranacook Area School’s support enabled student involvement in the project and a distribution site at Maranacook Middle School.  

View the Farm Fresh for ME final report to the USDA here and more information on the Farm Fresh for ME Resources page.