WERU celebrates 25 years, supports local farms with Farm Fresh Live Radio Auction
EAST ORLAND — WERU-FM (89.9 in Blue Hill/99.9 in Bangor) will celebrate 25 years of sustainability and cross-pollination with farms and food producers in the station's listening area with its Farm Fresh Live Radio Auction on Thursday, June 6 from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
This unique on-air auction is a benefit for WERU that features local farms and farmers markets by offering gift certificates for local farm-related products specifically. Everything from produce, to dairy, to seafood, to bales of organic straw will be up for bid. The auction will offer more than 50 fresh farm and fisheries produce items from towns around the Penobscot Bay area.
WERU, a grassroots community radio station serving Downeast/Midcoast Maine, with locally produced diverse musical and community affairs programs, has long been a part of the lives of local farmers. The nonprofit has aired information on local farmers markets and special Farm Days and included such information in its online community calendar over the years. There have been many farm specific programs, from topics on Hancock Extension Agent Ron Beard's bimonthly Talk of the Towns to the monthly Common Ground program hosted by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). So when long time behind-the-scenes volunteer, Pat Fowler said "“Let’s have an auction featuring local farms and farm produce to celebrate our 25th Anniversary,” volunteers and staff agreed.
The response in the farm and food community has been enthusiastic. Johnny's Selected Seeds is the auction sponsor, and farmers markets from Stonington to Orono to Unity have donated certificates to be redeemed at their vendors. Additionally, dozens of area farms have donated certificates for produce of all kinds—vegetables, fruits, meats, dairy, preserves, locally grown seedlings. Other food producers have donated certificates—for cheeses, sausages, specialized foods. Bidders can even compete for 25 bales of organic straw from Two Loons Farm in South China, four pounds of garlic from Runwater Farm in Sullivan, and 12 quarts of U-pick strawberries at Homewood Farm in Blue Hill.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms have also donated to the auction. Several farms will offer access either to a few trial produce pickups (as a trial for this popular model of partnership between farmers and their consumers) or to a continuing share of farm produce through the season.
"WERU Farm Fresh Live Radio Auction items provide a rich sampling of the delicious offerings of local farms, farmers markets, and food producers," notes station manager Matt Murphy. "We are proud that the local farm community is part of WERU and finds support from our community radio station's locally produced music, community calendar listings of farmers markets and special farm events, and programming related to farming as a sustainable part of living in our area."
All auction items and descriptions are available in the order of bidding at weru.org, and all proceeds from the auction benefit WERU Community Radio.
For more information about the WERU Farm Fresh Live Radio Auction call the station at 469-6600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.