Story posted February 04, 2011
Yes, it's February and the Bowdoin Organic Gardens are sleeping peacefully under two feet of snow but that doesn't mean that Bowdoin Dining Service has put aside its commitment to local farms and farmers. Over the past two weeks, Farm Fresh Connections, our local aggregator of proximate produce, has delivered truckloads of winter fare:
- Fifty pounds of fresh basil from Olivia's Gardens (part of Pineland Farm in New Gloucester) became gallons of delicious pesto for Thorne's homemade pizza.
- A thousand pounds of organic red potatos from Nature's Circle Farm in Aroostock County are now nestled in Thorne Hall's "potato room", a cold cellar of sorts, waiting to be cooked and mashed with butter for the dining halls.
- Four hundred pounds of rolled oats from Aurora Mills in Linneus will become the main ingredient in Dining Service's renowned TLK granola (named in honor of Taryn King '07, virtuosa field hockey player and friend).
- Sixty pounds of Swan's Organic Honey from Albion has been decanted to fill our little honey bears that sweeten teas and hot oatmeal.
- Fourteen hundred pounds of crisp JonaGolds, Empire, Ida Reds, Gala, McIntosh, Red and Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith apples from The Apple Farm in Fairfield; some destined to be grabbed and munched and some baked into our homemade pies.
When we purchase food from Maine farms and businesses it connects Bowdoin to the economies of small towns throughout the state. These dollars are re-spent in the feed stores, cafes and barbershops that sustain rural life (well, maybe not so many barbershops). It's truly putting our money where our mouth is.