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Hard work and quality are recurring themes when you talk to the crew at Crown O’ Maine Organic Cooperative (COMOC). Since the early days, when Jim and Kate Cook delivered local, quality potatoes in their family van, to the present, when daughters Leah and Marada Cook run the business, COMOC has emphasized doing things right – while keeping the company at a human scale.

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At the Maine Agricultural Trades Show in January, Leah and Marada Cook of Crown O’ Maine Organic Coop (COMOC) discussed what farmers need to know about selling to a distributor. They shared insights into the worlds of produce distributors in general and of COMOC in particular.

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Local producers can post produce, meats, seafood, honey, jams, etc., and buyers can find out where to purchase or post a wanted notice for items.

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Jim CookThe Crown O’Maine Organic Cooperative (COMOC) is a specialized distribution business delivering local and organic produce from Maine farms to natural food stores, restaurants, buying clubs and institutional kitchens.  Jim Cook works the end of the phone line: His farm is the northernmost in the cooperative, and it is his job to coordinate filling the truck as it heads southward from Aroostook County.

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