Closed Nov. 10th and 11th for 2014 Annual Retreat

Local Sprouts Cooperative will be closed Monday, November 10th and Tuesday, November 11th for our annual worker-owner retreat! We have a lot to discuss—mission, culture, goals, menu, and more—but we’ll be sure to get back to our regular hours on Wednesday, November 12th. We apologize for any inconvenience!

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Mug Club 2014

Friends, family, customers! The Local Sprouts Mug Club is accepting renewals and new subscriptions! We offer a beautiful handmade mug with bottomless refills for a mere $25 annual membership. The mugs were lovingly crafted by the talented Maya Lena and the organic coffee is roasted over wood fire by our friends at Matt’s Coffee. You can see more of Maya’s work at

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Harvest Benefit for Preble Street Nov. 27

Join us on November 27th for Harvest Benefit for Preble Street from 5-8pm.  We are collecting donations of food and money to support Preble Street and our Community. The benefit will feature music by Sean Mencher, Kris Day, Tom Whitehead and Dave Wakefield.  We will be collecting donations all month.

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Comment on new FDA regulations

The FDA is considering some new regulations that would seriously impact our local farms and food producers here in Maine. Check out the links below to learn more and to send in your comments.
Conservation Law Foundation,
Maine Farmland Trust,

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Holiday Catering with Local Sprouts

Share the bounty of Local Sprouts with your guests at a holiday party this year.  Local Sprouts Catering has many delicious seasonal menu options that celebrate the holidays with local foods.

Check out our holiday menus here.

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Culinary Crew Celebration Dinner Nov. 11

Cultivating Community Culinary Crew invites you to our Celebration Dinner. Students from Portland and Deering High School will be cooking the meal and sharing what they’ve learned about healthy foods, cooking and their experience with new foods.


Spicy chicken

African doughnut

Price: $10-20 for adults and $5 for kids. If you are not able to pay, call 207-761-4769 for a free coupon. Everyone is invited to enjoy local foods from local farms.

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Local Sprouts at Harvest on the Harbor Marketplace

This Saturday October 26, Local Sprouts will be sampling food at the acclaimed Harvest on the Harbor event at Ocean Gateway.  Come visit us and try some delicious samples of our catering and cafe food.

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Hadacol Bouncers 10/26 at Local Sprouts

The ‘Hadacol Bouncers’ play the music of Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Louis Armstrong and more…The music is a fun hybrid of New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Style Jazz and the stride piano classics. The group is a collaboration
between Peter Dunphy on banjo, tenor guitar and vocals, and Tom Whitehead on piano, accordion and National steel guitar. The rest of the band features Bill Rayne on trombone & vocals, Tom Wilbur on Tuba, Mel Tukey on cornet, and Don Whitney on Drums. The music is ‘fresh and bright’ and great for dancing, so don’t miss it!

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Culinary Crew

Local Sprouts and Cultivating Community are collaborating for the 6th year on the Culinary Crew. Cultivating Community’s Youth Growers learn about growing food in the summer and then in the fall some of them join the Culinary Crew to learn about cooking local foods.   This year the Culinary Crew will be making a variety of canned goods and fermented foods to bring to members of the Senior Share program. Then the youth will be preparing meals and learning about working in a restaurant.  The program will culminate in the Culinary Crew running Local Sprouts Cafe for a night in November.  Stay tuned for more details and updates of this program in future newsletters.  If you are interested in volunteering for this program get in touch with us.

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The Family Story Time at Local Sprouts with Xaka León

3-5 on September 18th Wednesday.

Xaka León is a mother, writer, and storyteller, recently transplanted from northern California. Working from the belief that our stories are powerful and uniting, she enjoys sharing her stories and the stories of others with everyone she meets. The Family Story Time at Local Sprouts will center around expressive storytelling of various children’s books with the particular purpose of encouraging children to participate in creating stories of their own.

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