A group of small-scale Maine farmers and community activists who support them rallied Tuesday morning at the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland before the state’s highest court heard the case of Dan Brown, a struggling farmer from Blue Hill who was fined $1,000 by the state in 2011 for selling raw milk without a commercial milk-distribution license. Brown fought the state in the case from the Maine Department of Agriculture up to Hancock County Superior Court without success before appealing to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Surrounded by supporters on the steps of the Cumberland County Courthouse Tuesday, Dan Brown of Blue Hill speaks to the media about his case before Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Gordon Chibroski / Staff Photographer

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