Cape Elizabeth, South Portland farms offer winter harvest

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Three local farms will combine their bounty to offer customers more than the usual root vegetables for a winter community-supported agriculture program.

Jordan’s, Alewives and Green Spark farms will offer shareholders everything from Brussels sprouts, carrots and kale; lobster, clams and haddock; dried beans, salad dressings and jams.

Penny Jordan of Jordan’s Farm said she will offer products from her farm stand as well as honey, dairy, garlic and eggs from neighboring farms.

“We have a lot to offer this winter,” she said. “It’s more than just beets.”

The winter share program is designed to be a pay-as-you-go or buy-as-needed market. Sign-up will continue over the next few weeks and the local vegetables, fish, dairy products and meats will be available every two weeks in Cape Elizabeth or South Portland. 

“This type of market will provide people with a broad offering of items throughout the winter months,” Jordan said.

South Portland farmers Mary Ellen and Austin Chadd of Green Spark Farm will provide root crops and potatoes, greens and salad mixes.

Mary Ellen said it is important for farmers to join together to offer customers more, so the connection with Jordan’s Farm and Alewives is perfect. She also said farmer Meg Liebman of South Paw Farm in Unity will provide popcorn and other root crops to winter market customers.

“We will have meats and diary products, honey and tempeh, vegetables and eggs for people choose,” she said. “The more we can provide as a one-stop shop, the better.”

Chadd said people can visit the Green Sparks Farm website and follow the winter share instructions, which will be posted soon. Winter share order forms will be sent out every two weeks and customers must choose a pick-up site. Orders can be picked up on Wednesdays in South Portland at 341 Pine St. (the parking lot of the Spurwink School) or in Cape Elizabeth at Jordan’s farm stand on Thursdays.

The first deliveries will be Wednesday, Dec. 8, and Thursday, Dec. 9, and the winter farm shares will run through February, Chadd said.

“Since a lot of people travel for the holidays or vacation in February, this will be a good way to serve people on their schedules,” Chadd said. “We hope to provide fresh farm items, flexibility and variety.”

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net

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