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Janssen

So I'd been holding out until things were finalized about my new acquisition, and now that they are...I'll unveil the pictures! This is my new biscuit moulder, a Janssen K250.





This piece of equipment I had customized for me with a new mould roller with my design on it. What I can do in a full day's worth of work, this machine can do in about 3 minutes. It brings my capacity up to a point where I can finally take on a distributor to… Continue

Added by Barkwheats Dog Biscuits on July 24, 2008 at 2:37pm — No Comments

End of Partners in Ending Hunger

Can we have a moment of silence for the dissolution of Partners for Ending Hunger? An important organization in getting food to all. We need to be looking at a replacement and/or a new effort.Local foos is an important piece of having all fed in our society.

Perhaps a Food Security Policy Council here in Maine.

Del Ketcham

Added by Del Ketcham on July 23, 2008 at 3:53pm — 1 Comment

Belfast Community Supported Fisheries subscriptions available!

Want delicious, fresh seafood this summer?



Sign up for a weekly share of wild-caught fish harvested by the Midcoast Fishermen’s Cooperative of Port Clyde, Maine!



Your weekly share of our fishermen’s fresh catch will consist of a variety of haddock, cod, flounder, hake, dabs, grey sole, monkfish, Pollock and redfish



Shares are of whole fish, dressed (gutted) and packed on ice.



Free Demonstration of the Art of Filleting Your Fish at the Start of the… Continue

Added by Port Clyde Fresh Catch on July 22, 2008 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Giving Money Pt 2

I wanted to update my previous post real quick regarding finding a farmer. I haven't...yet...but got a really nice call from a woman who works for the Washington/Hancock Community Agency and is very interested in helping to connect me with a farmer, possibly herself too, to grow me buckwheat and chamomile. As I had mentioned, this is a very tough thing for me to accomplish as organic grains are in such high demand and the farmers have a hard enough time… Continue

Added by Barkwheats Dog Biscuits on July 16, 2008 at 5:31am — No Comments

August 3 - 9 is NH Eat Local Week



Thanks to Lorraine Merrill, we have a Governor's proclamation that it is NH Eat Local Week August 3-9!

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State of New Hampshire

By His Excellency

John H. Lynch, Governor



A Proclamation



NEW HAMPSHIRE EAT LOCAL WEEK

AUGUST 3 - 9, 2008



WHEREAS, New Hampshire farmers can provide an extraordinary variety of locally grown, healthy, and delicious foods directly to the public;… Continue

Added by Seacoast Eat Local on July 15, 2008 at 9:43am — No Comments

Hard to give away money

I've been finding the most difficult thing about my business is the one thing that I really thought would be easy. Supporting Maine farmers. I have been trying left and right to find a certified organic grain farmer to produce buckwheat for me, and also one to produce chamomile for me. I've been getting turned down left, and also right. One thing I'm not sure of, is why is it so difficult to contract with someone to grow grains? I'm willing to pre-pay for it and our business is taking off by… Continue

Added by Barkwheats Dog Biscuits on July 14, 2008 at 4:24pm — No Comments

On the Television!

Here is Barkwheats Dog Biscuits on the air this… Continue

Added by Barkwheats Dog Biscuits on July 5, 2008 at 6:48pm — No Comments

Maine Food Independence Day

You know that July 4th is Independence Day, but did you know that it's also Maine Food Independence Day?

Well, it is because we said it is! "We" are the Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine, a network of individuals and groups who think that the foods coming from our local farms, gardens, and waters are worth supporting and celebrating.

We…

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Added by Roger on July 4, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments

Another Entrepreneur

Here's one of my friend, Andy Tyne, who operates Broadway Rickshaw in Bucksport. What a cool thing he's got going on… Continue

Added by Barkwheats Dog Biscuits on July 4, 2008 at 5:52am — No Comments

Barkwheats on TV

WLBZ was here last Thursday taping footage for a weekend 207 Report that will air July 5th, this Saturday, at 7:30pm. We talked about the reasons for creating biscuits for dogs from locally produced ingredients, followed along as I prepared biscuits for baking and then to the packaging. It was a fun filled couple of hours that they were here, and I'm really looking forward to the show!



Aside from that, we're in the midst of preparing for the Full Circle Fair in a few weeks and then… Continue

Added by Barkwheats Dog Biscuits on July 1, 2008 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Harvest on the Harbor - October 23 - 25

Recently listed as one of Coastal Living’s “Top 10 Seafood & Wine Festivals,” attendees of Harvest on the Harbor will find dozens of Maine’s celebrated fine-dining restaurants, celebrity chefs, wine dinners, cooking classes, wine tasting classes, a marketplace and personalities. Attendees will also discover an unforgettable Maine Culinary Experience. Mixed among the wine, spirit and beer makers and celebrated chefs will be Maine farmers, producers and artisans.



In the world of… Continue

Added by Laura Zimmerman on July 1, 2008 at 8:34am — No Comments

Summer Seafood and CSF's



When I was a kid, my grandmother would pick up my sister and me on Saturday mornings and take us to do her weekly shopping. First to Uncle Andy’s Bakery in South Portland. There she would trade her fresh farm eggs for her weekly baked goods and a treat for us. Then across the bridge to Harbor Fish Market. Howard Latham would take eggs for fish, and then trade some of the eggs with another vendor while holding some aside for his family. After… Continue

Added by Jennifer Plummer on June 26, 2008 at 9:55am — 4 Comments

Seacoast Harvest - a local food guide

Seacoast Harvest, a local food guide published by Seacoast Eat Local and Slow Food Seacoast has arrived!



The guide includes a listing of the farms, orchards, and vineyards in Rockingham, Strafford, and York Counties as well as a map of the region’s twenty farmers’ markets and a harvest calendar to help consumers know what is in season and available from their local farms.



Seacoast Harvest was first published last year as A Local Foods Resource Guide and included 52 local… Continue

Added by Seacoast Eat Local on June 25, 2008 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Business

I started out wanting to write about how busy I've been lately. I wrote the subject to read like "busy-ness" and when I wrote business, I realized what it also said. Owning your own business certainly isn't easy, but it is rewarding. I've been involved with radio shows and talking with a local TV station lately about doing a story on Barkwheats and all the while having to make more and more biscuits to satisfy the growing number of pups that are falling in love with the biscuits I… Continue

Added by Barkwheats Dog Biscuits on June 19, 2008 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Maine Fare 2008

I am pleased to announce that this year's Maine Fare will be held at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor on September 12, 13 & 14th. I am helping gather chefs for the MOFGA "TASTINGS" Dinner on Friday evening which will be a STRICT 100% Maine Meal. As well, this year, there will be a food/wine/beer/mead/cider vending court and I am actively seeking vendors. Please contact me at leslie@auroraprovisions.com if either or both these events entice you. Check out the latest Maine… Continue

Added by Leslie Oster on June 18, 2008 at 10:55am — 2 Comments

New Stores

A few fine folks have taken the opportunity to offer their customers Barkwheats Dog Biscuits! THANKS!!

"Unleashed Pet Products" in Richmond, VT
"Hammertown" in Pine Plains, NY

Added by Barkwheats Dog Biscuits on June 17, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

When it All Works

Isn't life just great when things work as they're supposed to? I finally got the racks for my Blodgett oven that I got for "free" (had to buy a load of parts for it) and tonight got to give it the first whirl with the biscuits. What normally would take me nearly 5 hours to do in the small kitchen size oven I had been using, took me just 45 minutes in this oven. What a difference! The whole house smells like biscuits tonight :) The oven also raised the temperature inside the house by 10… Continue

Added by Barkwheats Dog Biscuits on June 13, 2008 at 5:09am — No Comments

Word of Mouth

Word of mouth is such a powerful thing. Just this week I officially added one more wholesale client (Wyman's General Store here in Stockton Springs...SUPER cute store and awesome breakfast sandwiches) and have 2 more in the works out of state from people that love what we're doing here at Barkwheats.



Word of mouth is powerful, there's an entire association dedicated to the ethical practices of word of mouth marketing.… Continue

Added by Barkwheats Dog Biscuits on June 11, 2008 at 5:00am — No Comments

1st Strawberries!


It's amazing what you can find in your yard when you don't mow the lawn...tons of strawberries and raspberries and lupines that usually got mowed until we moved in.

Added by Barkwheats Dog Biscuits on June 8, 2008 at 8:02am — No Comments

On The Radio

On Sunday afternoon on 103.9, you'll be able to hear "yours truly" talking about Barkwheats, pet food, and green business practices all in one Back To Business show! I had the taping of it yesterday along with Don Hanson from Green Acres Kennel Shop and Laurah Brown from Kennebec River Company , dubbed the Catnip Queen. We had lots to talk about so be sure to check it… Continue

Added by Barkwheats Dog Biscuits on June 5, 2008 at 6:24am — No Comments

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