OCC Visits Turner Farm – North Haven, Maine

Brian and I had a fantastic sail on a reach from Camden into the Fox Island Thorofare. We sailed all the way into Kent Cove, North Haven and dropped the hook among the OCC boats that were slowly filling the cove. Once we’d all settled the group reconvened for cocktails aboard the rafted boats s/v Caduceus, s/v Anastasia, and s/v Sweet Dreams.

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Brian and I have had lovely views of Turner Farm from Rode Trip on many occasions while passing through the Fox Island Thorofare. On this day we’d have the opportunity to tour the farm with the OCC.

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Just how many dinghies can fit on that haul out line?

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Turner Farm is MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) certified for their produce, flowers, poultry, and eggs. Turner Farm also farms pasture raised beef and pork and operates a creamery specializing in pasture raised goat cheeses. Turner Farm contributes to the North Haven Community School Lunch Program (the smallest public school in Maine with 70 K-12 students). The farm also supplies produce, meat, eggs, and flowers to the Nebo Lodge, a Bed & Breakfast on North Haven. Turner Farm has an extensive history on North Haven.

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The farm stand is bustling during busy summer months; July/August Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-1pm. Farm products may also be found on neighboring Vinalhaven at the Farmers Market and at Island Spirits or on the mainland at the Wine Seller in Rockland. Arrive early to get goat cheese, it sells out fast!

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Farm managers, James and Brenna, took the OCC’ers on a fabulous tour of the farm. Brian and I were in James’ group; he did an excellent job of showing us the inter-workings of the farm and sharing future projects. James brings lots of energy and creativity to his work.

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These greenhouses are movable; they can be relocated over the beds throughout the season as crops are begun and continue to progress. The greenhouses aid in crop rotation and sprouting.

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Turner Farm recently installed three permanent greenhouses that will enable them to produce late summer crops earlier in the spring. These greenhouses will be heated by a wood-fired furnace fed with spruce lumber that has been cut on the property.

Tamworth Pigs; they look cute now, but after living a luxurious life roaming their wooded pastures these pigs will be hearty and delicious!

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Oberhasli Goats; their milk produces chèvre and other goat cheeses at Turner Farm Creamery.

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Jersey Cows; soon to add to the creamery.

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Thanks to Turner Farm for a fabulous day!

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