Images preserve summer’s bounty

Sunflower and bee

BAR HARBOR — Farm fresh produce, in all its lush, vitamin-rich glory, is the focus of a photo show by local artist Johannah Blackman, now up on the walls of the Morning Glory Bakery.

Blackman’s colorful prints ably capture the sun-filled exuberance of summer. Red ripe tomatoes and dark, leafy greens simply light up the bakery’s walls, providing a brief but promising respite from winter’s bitter cold weather.

Blackman grew up with gardens and farm animals at her parents’ place in New Hampshire, and maintains a love of all things related to small agricultural. Last summer she worked Bar Harbor Community Farm, off Norway Drive, which she calls “by far, one of the best work experiences of my life to date.” That level of enthusiasm comes clear in her images.

Along with helping to grow vegetables for the farm’s thirty-family community support agriculture program (CSA), Blackman photographed in the fields each week and wrote a weekly newsletter with recipes, bits of information and images. And while her background in photography is limited to a few undergraduate courses, “I quickly found that the plants on the farm were so beautiful and the vegetables so vibrant that the work was minimal,” she said.

The guiding principle to her photography became exactly the same as when she was cooking with all the gorgeous, fresh, organic produce, she said. “Step out of the way and let the vegetables and fruits speak for themselves.”

Bar Harbor Community Farm, run by Glenon Friedmann, is entering its fourth growing season. The organic vegetable farm primarily offers a CSA program in which participants sign up in the spring for a weekly box of produce for the 16-week growing season.

Weekly pick-ups begin in mid-June, and members receive a weekly newsletter with information about what to expect in their boxes, ideas of what to do with the produce, and ways to store produce for the winter, should they be interested in doing so. The farm also offers bulk-buying opportunities for those interested in preserving their own food. For more information, or to sign up for the 2013 season, email [email protected]

Blackman’s photos will be shown through the end of February. The Morning Glory Bakery is open morning until mid-afternoon, Wednesdays through Sundays.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]