FARMINGTON — The eighth annual Maurer Meals will be Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at 14 locally owned restaurants throughout western Maine. Participating restaurants will offer special menus featuring locally grown food products, including organic and all natural foods. Money raised will go toward the Justin A. Maurer Memorial Scholarship Fund, for a third- or fourth-year University of Maine at Farmington student enrolled in the Community Health Education Program.

The program is held in memory of Justin Maurer, a 2004 magna cum laude graduate of that program.

The goals of the program is to support local agriculture and locally owned independent restaurants and the scholarship fund. Maurer Meals works to keep money local, keep the land sustainable, and encourage people to make conscious decisions about food, health and community.

Participating restaurants and hospital for the 2012 Maurer Meals are: The Homestead Bakery of Farmington, 778-6162; The Sedgley Place of Greene, 946-5990; The Olde Mill Tavern of Harrison, 583-9077; LaFleur’s of Jay, 897-2117; Forage Market of Lewiston, 333-68400; She Doesn’t Like Guthries of Lewiston, 376-3344; Café Nomad of Norway, 739-2249; 76 Pleasant St. of Norway, 744-9040; The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant of Rangeley, 864-5805; Brian’s Bistro in Rumford, 364-3300; The Bankery in Skowhegan, 474-2253; The Heritage House in Skowhegan, 474-5100; Kel-Mat Café in Skowhegan, 474-0200; and Calzolaio Pasta Company of Wilton, 645-9500.

For reservations, call the participating restaurant; for information about the scholarship, call Pat Carpenter of UMF at 778-7091; and for information about the Maurer Meals Project call Gary Maurer at 524-2060, or visit maurermeals.org.

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