Hungry for Change update and films coming up: March 2012

Did you know…

  • that you can catch shrimp in traps?
  • that pollock turns white when it’s cooked?
  • that shrimp tastes good in miso soup?
  • that Maine is a leader in managing the lobster catch?

15 people joined the “Hungry for Change” group to celebrate lobster and shrimp on Jan 30.  We feasted on three of chef David Gooch’s tender Maine shrimp dishes, popcorn shrimp, miso soup, and quiche.  Yum!  Next, we learned about Maine shrimping and lobstering from Monique Coombs, owner (with her husband) of “Lobsters on the Fly” in Harpswell, and vice-president of “Eat Local Foods Coalition.”  Stay tuned for shrimp recipes from Monique, who teaches cooking classes in her spare time.  Buy local seafood!  Warm thanks to Rev Susan Gilpin and Lois Howlett for your delightful leadership these past 6 sessions!


Monique and Chef David


Chef Dave cooking shrimp in church kitchen


Kerry and Susan


Ron and Carol Beyna looking on


Monique talks about supporting local Maine fishermen


The inspired participants

Be My Green Valentine Sustainability Fair was a hit.  50 people ate tasty dishes, made valentines from recycled materials, decorated heart-shaped cookies, and watched “The Lorax” or “After the Harvest.”  Sales of organic Pineland cupcakes, fair wage coffee, chocolate, and gifts from Karma (including after church on Sunday) raised over $300 for fuel assistance.  Thanks to all for your support!  If you couldn’t make the event but would like to help small coffee farmers in Central America, you can buy and drink coffee at coffee hour.  To read more or to sign a UCC petition asking the Fair Trade corporation to guarantee fair wages to authentic coffee farmers, go here on the UCC Website:

Mark your Calendars!

Meet Your Farmer Potluck/Film – March 24, 5:00-8:00

Members of Cumberland Farmers Market will share stories, recipes, and samples of tasty dishes made with local ingredients available even in a lean growing month.  In addition to bringing a contribution to the potluck, we’re asking everyone to bring a recipe that highlights local ingredients and where they came from: a local farm, store, or your own garden.  Need ideas?  Stop by Spring Brook Farm on Greely Road or the Cumberland Farmers Market at Allen Sterling Lothrop on Wednesdays from 10:00-1:00 and pick up a free recipe with your local ingredients.

We’re screening Meet Your Farmer, a documentary of different Maine farmers, sharing the challenges and joys of raising food.  Produced by Cecily Pingree and Jason Mann, this film shares the voices and stories of people who provide our food.  A panel of Maine food producers will speak and take questions after the films.

Childcare will be provided during the film screenings.

5:00 Meet our farmers in the Parish Hall

5:30 Potluck supper featuring local foods and recipes

6:15 Films

7:30 Panel discussion

What’s Cookin’?  Think Spring!

We want simple, easy recipes for our recipe corner, featuring local, seasonal (and not too many) ingredients.  Please email a favorite recipe (including source if available) to Carol Beyna

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