Portland — Following allegations of misconduct by former publisher and founder of Maine Magazine, organic farms and wineries across Maine are scrambling to not pay to be featured in an upcoming issue.
“We definitely don’t want to be associated with a company that would allow such a toxic environment to thrive,” said Barbara Strong, owner of the Backshore Kale Concern, a trendy kale bar in Saco.
“Initially we were going to pay a lot of money to have a talented photographer, layout staff, and writer put together a fluffy, vapid piece about how we revolutionized kale or whatever,” Strong said.
Other trendy businesses who don’t need your business are also refusing to pay for exposure of their expensive takes on food traditionally eaten by the poor.
“Effective immediately, Red Hen Stone Soup Co. will no longer pay money for a glossy 8-page spread about how we left it all behind in Manhattan to make our delicious soups from the most basic, locally sourced stones,” read one statement.
The scandal is causing trouble beyond just the offices of the publications involved. Many who moved to Maine, lured by the siren song contained within the pages of Maine Magazine, feel like they no longer have an outlet for their lifestyles of art and leisure.
“When we moved to Maine, our biggest worry was we might somehow have to acknowledge the people already living here,” one long-time reader lamented.
“Maine Magazine showed us a world where that wasn’t the case at all.”