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September is by far my favorite month of the year in Maine, with the clear blue skies, warm days, cool nights, the beginning of football season and an abundance of farm-grown produce to enjoy. As I write this, I am baking apple bread from apples I picked at Treworgy Orchards in Levant and marinating fresh tomatoes in olive oil and balsamic vinegar that I bought at the Brewer Farmers Market. I'm so thankful and grateful to the farmers and growers who do all the work to put fresh fruits and veggies on my table. As much as I would love to grow my own, my city dwelling, schedule and talents limit my ability to do so!

Farming in Maine is growing, and it excites me to see so many young people in the business of agriculture. Some are carrying family traditions; others are first generation. I encourage the rest of us to support their efforts and enterprises. This is the best month to visit farmers markets and fill your baskets with tomatoes, potatoes, beans, radishes, lettuce, peppers and more. There is simply nothing better than a real tomato fresh off the vine or apple from the tree! Apple picking is also in full swing, and the crop is amazing this year.

There are farmers markets all over the state and events that celebrate the harvest all autumn long - including the very popular Common Ground Fair at the end of this month. So get out there - take the kids and get picking, cooking and eating! It's good for you, good for the farmers and good for Maine.

For more information about farmers markets and agricultural related events check out these websites: www.mofga.org (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association); www.getrealmaine.com (Get Real Get Maine).

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