BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Besides providing an adventure, BikeMaine works to promote small towns and locally sourced foods. BikeMaine cyclists made their way from Boothbay Harbor through Wiscasset north to Dresden and finally ended in Bath Friday. Part of the journey included a lunch stop atGoranson Farm in Dresden.
“It’s a real positive thing you can’t go wrong with it it’s a wonderful thing,” said Rob Johnson.
Goranson and Rob Johansson drove roughly 60 acres of crops on their farm in Dresden. Much of their produce is sold at their farm stand and at farmers markets throughout the area.
“What’s important is that we have wonderful for the landing grow really great food and we want to get that out there to the people in our community,” said Jan Goranson.
On Friday they hosted about 300 hungry cyclist and volunteers from BikeMaine for lunch and almost everything on the menu was either grown at their farm or produced within about a 30 mile radius. The bulk of this food was donated so the proceeds raised from BikeMaine will go to support farmers who participate in the snap benefits program at local farmers markets.
Events like BikeMaine not only help provide incentives for families to buy healthier foods, but puts money back into the local economy.