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Down East Magazine, April 2020

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The Parable of the Sower

Will Bonsall has devoted much of his life to saving some of the world’s rarest heirloom vegetable seeds. But will his efforts fall among the thorns?

By Laura Poppick

Country Fare

In an excerpt from her new cookbook, Modern Country Cooking, our recurring recipe columnist celebrates Maine’s seasonal bounty.

By Annemarie Ahearn

The Whole Maine Catalog

With apologies to The Whole Earth Catalog, the turn-of-the-’70s encyclopedia of agrarian self-sufficiency, we present our own inventory of Maine-made tools and resources — workshops, gear, events, and more — to aid your back-to-the-land-y dabblings.

By Brielle Hardy, Emily Silvia, and Brian Kevin


North by East

The Red Claws’ rookie sensation from Senegal looms large, a couple of bands come (back) to town, and Maine businesses are short on staff but high on new ideas. Plus, L.L.Bean struts its stuff at NYC’s Fashion Week in Maine Dispatches.

Food and Drink

A saxophonist’s hot sauce rocks the taste buds, wood-fired meals star at Cape Neddick’s Walkers Maine restaurant, and we put R.E.D.D. energy bars to the test.

Good Things from Maine

Cast-iron pan-demonium grips a family of diehard collectors, and a Biddeford artist’s colorful glassware is lovely to hold and behold. Also, is there anything the volunteers at Belfast’s Repair Café can’t fix?

Maine Homes

The owners of an unassuming Bangor Cape have a knack for scoring vintage knickknacks, and it’s time to get ready for garden season: (sea)weeding, planting, exiling invasive pests, and more.


Where in Maine

Maine Moment


Editor’s note, reader feedback, responses to February’s Where in Maine, and more.


Timelines: The book from Brooksville that inspired the back-to-the-land movement. Room With a View.

My Favorite Place

A-Lister Anna Kendrick on Township D’s Angel Falls.

On the cover: The Milkhouse creamery, in Monmouth, by Jenny McNulty

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