And, before I heard about the Magic Food Bus, I got to take a look around the Deer Isle-Stonington Heritage Society, where I became insanely jealous of their digs and neat artifacts. (We need this on Orr's & Bailey Islands!) It really highlighted the importance and beauty of Maine's amazing fishing heritage- in SDI and elsewhere.
Boyce's Motel, and I would highly recommend it for your trip to Stonington. (You should go to Stonington.) Boyce's was affordable, clean, very comfortable, super convenient, and super cute.
Over the next couple of days I talked to a few different people and heard all about the lobsters in Stonington, what people do for work, what their kids are learning in school, where people buy their gear, what it's like in the winter-time, and more. From 2012, "Of the 103,875,022 pounds of lobster caught in the state last year, 14.3 percent were caught in Stonington. This means that for every 10 pounds of lobster landed in the state, 1.4 pounds were landed in Stonington." Let me just be clear, that is A LOT of lobster.
Admittedly, it was sort of funny being in another island fishing community. (I know, I know. Both Deer Isle-Stonington, and Orr's and Bailey Islands have bridges.) At one point when I was taking a walk I had a pang of homesickness that was immediately relieved by the sounds of lobster boats. And, I'm not gonna lie, but the smell of bait and diesel was also comforting. It's an acquired... scent. When I had breakfast at the Harbor Cafe, I very easily could have been at the Giant Stairs on Bailey Island. There's a special feeling that exists in a cafe in a fishing village. And, I love that feeling.
It's a wonder to me, why more people don't know more about Maine's unique and interesting fishing heritage, or explore our fishing villages more. (I'm gonna be honest again and say that we want tourists, but only nice ones that don't ride their bikes down the middle of the road or take 20 minutes deciding what type of wine to buy in a general store on an island.) Connecting with and learning about these communities more is a great way to learn more about seafood. Ya know. The same way you might visit farms to learn more about broccoli or kohlrabi.
|Trip to Stonington was pretty foggy.|
|Penobscot East Resource Center (I'm working on behalf of PERC on the Maine Food Strategy.)|
|Appropriately placed Subaru in front of community radio building.|
You can listen to it here. (My first answer was terrible, but my answers improved as the show progressed. I'm not a radio personality, that's for sure. I can speak in front 100 people and be fine, but put me behind a microphone and a disaster is sure to ensue.)