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Happy New Year!

Few could have predicted the challenges 2020 would bring, and we couldn't be happier to be turning the page and looking toward next year!

In a normal year, we'd spend the summer months chatting with you at farmers' markets and festivals and helping out with community projects like the Brewer Land Trust Tree Inventory. Without a calendar full of events to plan for, this summer we turned our attention to helping you support local businesses.

We're hopeful that we'll be able to see you at events in 2021, but small businesses are still facing an uncertain future, so we're resolving to continue supporting them and helping you support them.

Here are our top three tips for supporting local businesses in 2021:

  1. Support local farmers: What could be better than fresh, local vegetables during Maine's long winter? Many local farms are able to produce fresh vegetables with the help of greenhouses and root vegetable storage. Signing up for a CSA share can help farmers plan for next year's growing season by providing funds to purchase seeds and other supplies. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has put together the Maine Farm Produce and Pick-Up Directory to help you find a nearby farm.

  2. Order take out: Tired of cooking every meal? Can't think of anything new to make? Pick up take out from your favorite restaurant. Looking for other ways to support them? Purchase a gift certificate to use at a later, in-person visit.

  3. Practice Patience: Budget cuts, restrictions, and social distancing have local businesses and restaurants operating with a smaller crew of staff. So, if your takeout is a little late or you have to wait to enter a business, remember we're all in this together, and there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

What are you most excited for in 2021? Happy New Year!


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