FARMINGTON — Farmington Grange has received an $11,000 grant to buy two walk-in coolers and create a driveway and loading dock for its community kitchen project.

The Broad Reach Fund offered through the Maine Community Foundation supports food-system work throughout Maine.

The coolers, driveway and dock will enhance the new commercial kitchen and farmers market in the Grange Hall in West Farmington. They will provide farmers and food processors with multiple options to store, ship, process and sell products through a central kitchen.

The kitchen allows farmers and producers to store product in the coolers, process food in the kitchen or sell the product to people working in the kitchen.

With a goal of revitalizing agriculture in Franklin County, members of the Grange have worked toward getting the kitchen up and running for several years.

People with an idea for a product or farmers interested in use of the space for processing, retailing and distribution should contact Bonnie Clark at 778-6637 for more information.

The commercial kitchen is in need of several items, including a flash freezer, a steam-jacketed kettle, a commercial food processor, attachments for a Hobart mixer such as a grinder, shredder and dough hooks, some type of wrapper-sealer, a scale and label printer, large pots, mixing bowls, a hand cart and rubber mats.

Anyone willing to donate these items is asked to call Richard Marble at 491-6166.


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