MS Dishes on Food-to-Market Course

March 25th, 2014 10:44 AM

Morning Sentinel reported that University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a six-session course that covers moving a specialty food product to market. The class will take place Tuesdays, April 8–29, 2014 in Skowhegan and Dover-Foxcroft. Two May class sessions are scheduled to include individual business consultations and a tour of the Dr. Matthew Highlands Pilot Plant — UMaine’s state-of-the-art facility that assists food processors, entrepreneurs, farmers, researchers and students in the food industry.

From Recipe to Market: Learn to Cash in on Opportunities

March 25th, 2014 9:13 AM

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a six-session course that covers moving a specialty food product to market.

The class, which meets 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. each Tuesday, April 8–29, 2014 will be held in two locations — 7 County Drive, Skowhegan, and 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft. Two May class sessions will include individual business consultations and a tour of the Dr. Matthew Highlands Pilot Plant, a state-of-the-art UMaine facility that assists food processors, entrepreneurs, farmers, researchers and students in the food industry.

Topics to be covered include licensing, safe preparation and packaging of food, assessing potential profits and locating resources to support a developing business. The class is for people operating a value-added business and those seriously considering one; participants must have a specific food product or recipe in mind and are expected to attend all sessions. Presenters include: Beth Calder, UMaine Extension food science specialist; James McConnon, UMaine Extension business and economics specialist; and Kathy Hopkins, Debra Kantor and Donna Coffin, UMaine Extension educators.

Cost is $35 per person. Partial scholarships are available. Registrations must be received by April 1 to reserve a space. More information, including online registration is online. For questions, or to request a disability accommodation at the Skowhegan site, call 207.474.9622 or email For questions, or to request a disability accommodation at the Dover-Foxcroft site, call 207.564.3301 or email

Cooperative Extension’s Recipe to Market Course Cited in Morning Sentinel Article

February 7th, 2014 11:29 AM

The Morning Sentinel published an article about Katie Quinn, a bartender at  Bullwinkle’s restaurant on Sugarloaf Mountain, who created a Bloody Mary mix to help reduce overhead. Quinn cites Recipe to Market, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension course, with helping her meet necessary guidelines, such as seeking her commercial kitchen license and label registration from the state Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

KJ Interviews McConnon about Benefits of Buying Local

November 25th, 2013 10:22 AM

The Kennebec Journal interviewed Jim McConnon, University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist and professor of economics, about the city of Gardiner’s plan to develop a food policy that brands the city as a local food hub and encourages people and groups to purchase locally grown and raised food products.

McConnon said more of the money that is spent on products from local growers remains in the community. He cited a 2005 Iowa State University study that indicated each dollar spent at farmers’ markets in that state had generated an additional 58 cents in direct sales for the economy.

Panel to Discuss Washington County Food System

November 22nd, 2013 11:58 AM

A free panel discussion about the Washington County food system will be held Wednesday, December 11, 6-7:30 p.m., at Kimball Hall at the University of Maine at Machias.

Much of the food we consume is imported into the area from other counties, states and countries. This has impacts on local land use, the environment, employment and economics.

Panelists include Kevin Athearn, associate professor of environmental and community economics at the University of Maine at Machias; Carly DelSignore, co-owner and operator of Tide Mill Farm in Edmunds; Inez Lombardo, founder and coordinator of Machias Marketplace online farmers market; and David Thompson, store manager of the Machias Hannaford.

Following each panelist’s presentation, audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions. The event, which is open to the public, will be streamed live over theInternet and archived online for future (

This is the third panel in the Food and Community Series sponsored by Psychology and Community Studies at UMM, UMaine Extension and the Libra Foundation. For more information, contact UMaine Extension Educator Alan Majka, 207.255.3345 or University of Maine at Machias Professor Meghan Duff, 207.255.1227. To request a disability accommodation, call Jo Ellen Scribner at the University of Maine at Machias, 207.255.1228.

UMaine Extension to Host Maine Food Summit

November 12th, 2013 9:22 AM
State of Maine

Photo illustration by Michael Mardosa

Registration is underway for the 2013 Maine Food Summit, a daylong conference Friday, Dec. 6 at the University of Maine. The event, sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Wells Conference Center on the Orono campus.

The summit is an opportunity for food producers, business owners and anyone involved with and interested in Maine’s dynamic food system to share ideas about growing Maine’s agriculture and fishery, supporting the state’s economy and improving food security.

Tim Griffin, associate professor and director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University, and Patrick Keliher, commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, are keynote presenters. In addition, there will be panel discussions, workshops and opportunities to meet others interested in food systems.

Registration is $30 ($20 for students) through Nov. 22, and $40 ($30 for students) from Nov. 23 until the Nov. 27 deadline. Lunch is included. For more information or to register online, visit

To register or request a disability accommodation, call Meghan Dill at 207.581.3878. For more information, contact John Jemison at 207.581.3241.

“Pricing Your Products & Services” Small & Home-based Business Workshop

November 6th, 2013 8:25 AM

November 15, 2013

cgerry tomatoes for sale at $15 per 8 pints; photo by Edwin RemsbergLocation: UMaine Extension Penobscot County office, 307 Maine Avenue, Bangor, Maine
Time: 9:00 am – Noon
Cost: Free
Contact: Theresa Tilton, UMaine Extension Penobscot County office,
Registration: 207.942.7396 or 800.287.1485 (in Maine) or

Pricing is the systematic determination of the “right” price for a product or service. Setting any price is easy, but determining the price at which you can remain competitive and still make a profit is considerably more difficult. Participants will learn about the kind of information needed to make good pricing decisions and how to apply pricing principles to their own circumstance.

For upcoming Small & Home-based Business workshops, see our online calendar.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call 207.942.7396 or 800.287.1485 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

Press Herald Interviews McConnon about Maine’s Economy

November 5th, 2013 9:36 AM

The Portland Press Herald interviewed James McConnon, an economics professor at the University of Maine, for an article about Maine’s economy showing strength. McConnon said there are signs of improvement, especially in automobiles and building supplies, which are important sectors for consumer and small-business spending. He also said September and October retail sales figures will be the crucial test of consumer confidence because they will indicate whether the partial government shutdown slowed spending.

Cooperative Extension Falmouth Workshops Previewed in Press Herald Column

September 23rd, 2013 1:35 PM

A five-part series of workshops provided by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension titled “From Recipe to Market: Cashing in on Value-Added Opportunities” was previewed in the Portland Press Herald “Food & Dining Dispatches” column. The workshops begin October 3, 2013 in Falmouth.

Recipe to Market 6-Part Workshop

September 16th, 2013 9:24 AM

Maine made food products; photo by Edwin RemsbergDo your friends and family rave about your homemade chowder, blueberry jam, ice cream, fudge or other special food product? They say you should sell it and make a fortune. You wonder if they’re right, and if you have the drive and personality to run a business.

Participants of the Recipe to Market 6-part workshop will learn about licensing, how to prepare and package their food product safely, to access potential profits, and discover some of the resources available to support them in business development.

This program is for individuals currently operating a value-added business or those seriously considering one.

Cost: $50 Register online or contact Lois Elwell, 207.781.6099, to pay with check.

Dates/Times/Subject: Sessions to be held at the UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Falmouth, Maine

  1. October 3 (5:30 – 9:00 p.m.), Are You an Entrepreneur? What Is Involved?
  2. October 10 (5:30 – 9:00 p.m.), Developing Your Product and Process.
  3. October 24 (5:30 – 9:00 p.m.), Business Realities.
  4. November 7 (5:30 – 9:00 p.m.), Resource Panel.
  5. November 14 (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) Individual Business Counseling.
  6. November 21 (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Pilot Plant Tours, Hitchner Hall, Orono, Maine.