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Historical Items

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Item 104322

U.S. Government Department of Agriculture food chart, 1943

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1943 Media: Lithograph

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Item 103632

Food baskets, Portland, ca. 1934

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: circa 1934 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative

Item 16017

Giguere's Food Depot potato bag, Waterville, c. 1960

Contributed by: Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum Date: circa 1960 Location: Waterville Media: Paper

Tax Records

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Item 45780

37-41 Commercial Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Thaxter S. W. & Co. Use: Office & Storage

Item 53866

285-291 Commercial Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Richardson Wharf Company Use: Office & Storage

Item 86813

208-220 Commercial (rear), Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Harriet L. Blake Use: Mfg Plant food


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Maine Eats: the food revolution starts here

From Maine's iconic lobsters, blueberries, potatoes, apples, and maple syrup, to local favorites like poutine, baked beans, red hot dogs, Italian sandwiches, and Whoopie Pies, Maine's identity and economy are inextricably linked to food. Sourcing food, preparing food, and eating food are all part of the heartbeat of Maine's culture and economy. Now, a food revolution is taking us back to our roots in Maine: to the traditional sources, preparation, and pleasures of eating food that have sustained Mainers for millennia.


How Sweet It Is

Desserts have always been a special treat. For centuries, Mainers have enjoyed something sweet as a nice conclusion to a meal or celebrate a special occasion. But many things have changed over the years: how cooks learn to make desserts, what foods and tools were available, what was important to people.


Maine Sweets: Confections and Confectioners

From chocolate to taffy, Mainers are inventive with our sweet treats. In addition to feeding our sweet tooth, it's also an economic driver for the state.

Site Pages

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Potato Starch Factory, c. 1965

… potato starch which is used in the production of food, medicines, paper, and other products. Potatoes that are not suitable for sale as table stock…

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Cumberland & North Yarmouth - Luther Lawrence: A Soldier's Accoutrements

… used this haversack to carry a small amount of food or other vitally important supplies. Stenciled faintly across the haversack are the letters…

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Historic Hallowell - The City of Hallowell

… communicating with Central Maine Power and the food bank to get power to the area and get food to the elderly and needy.

My Maine Stories

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Portland cuisine supports health in West Africa
by Maria Cushing

I present Portuguese inspired food to fundraise for Amigos de Mente


Shax and laxoox: tea with milk and Somali bread.
by Kheyro Jama

Lahooh (laxoox) is a food staple in East Africa, enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner


Somali Bantu farmers put down roots in Maine
by Muhidin D. Libah

Running the Somali Bantu Community Association and finding food security in Maine