SKOWHEGAN — Independent U.S. Senate candidate Angus King toured the Somerset Grist Mill on Wednesday saying small farms producing food for local markets will have a big impact on the future of the state’s economy.

“I think it’s very important; it’s a real bright spot,” King said. “If you were made the CEO of Maine Inc. the first thing you would do is look at what your assets are and one of our biggest assets is a lot of good, arable land. I think it has huge value, not only in Maine, but as an exporter.”

King, the former Maine governor, rode into town on his 2004 Harley Davidson V-Rod motorcycle as part of a statewide campaign tour. He was accompanied on the ride from Bangor by about 10 other motorcyclists.

King, 68, is seeking to fill the U.S. Senate seat Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, is leaving after deciding not to seek re-election. He faces Secretary of State Charlie Summers, the Republican nominee, and Democratic state Sen. Cynthia Dill in the November election.

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