37th Agri-Business Trade Fair to Add Local Flavor
For 36 years, The Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce has hosted the Northern Maine Agri-Business Trade Fair.
The Trade Fair is an annual opportunity for growers and gardeners, farmers and foresters, and everyone in between to see the latest and greatest tools and technology for the farm, field, and forest assembled under one roof. But much like agriculture and forestry have changed over the past three decades, so too must the Trade Fair change.
“We are excited to announce that on March 25th & 26th the Northern Maine Agri-Business Trade Fair will add a Specialty Foods and Sample Space,” announced Tim Goff, Executive Director of the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. “There will still be plenty of exhibitors featuring a wide variety of agriculture-related products and information. There will also be an opportunity to catch up with friends after the long winter, but new this year there will also be an opportunity to sample some of the fine specialty foods and beverages being crafted with locally grown and sourced products from throughout Aroostook County and the Pine Tree State!”
The Specialty Foods and Sample Space at the Northern Maine Agri-Business Trade Fair will feature samples for attendees to taste, as well as the opportunity to interact with the growers and producers and purchase their products - allowing attendees to gain more knowledge about the people who are working to make Maine renowned for its quality agricultural products – from soaps to syrup, ployes to potatoes – providing a true taste of the County!
The Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Cary Medical Center and Healthy You to bring this new, exciting and flavorful feature to the Trade Fair. The event will feature twenty-four specialty food booths reserved for producers looking to showcase their products. Interested vendors are encouraged to contact the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce today as the number of scholarships is limited.
“We are very pleased to have the Maine Potato Board sponsor the specialty foods section of the Maine Farm Festival at the Northern Maine Agri-Business Trade Fair,” stated Bill Flagg, Director of Community Relations for Cary Medical Center. “A key component of a healthy lifestyle is watching what you eat, and when you know where your food is coming from and have established a relationship with the grower, you can get fresher foods grown close to home. This not only has benefits for your health, but for the local economy as well. That is why we strongly encourage specialty food producers from throughout the County to join us as we bring thousands of people together to celebrate local agriculture and learn more about the many ways agriculture impacts our lives.”
As part of the specialty foods offerings, the Maine Potato Board will be providing Caribou Russets for the folks at Cary Medical Center and Healthy You to stuff and give away to attendees of the Northern Maine Agri-Business Trade Fair. The Caribou Russet is a new potato variety that was developed through years of research to grow in Aroostook County’s special blend of fertile soil and climate conditions. The Caribou Russet combines numerous positive characteristics found in Maine Potatoes, and is equally tasty baked, mashed or processed into chips and fries.
For more information on becoming an exhibitor or about the 37th Annual Northern Maine Agri-Business Trade Fair, please contact Tim Goff at 207-472-3802 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit http://www.fortfairfield.org/about-us/visitor-information/agri-business-trade-fair.html for additional information or to download a registration form.
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