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You might even see a bison, a rare sight in Maine — there were no bison in the state, even before the first Europeans arrived.


where we’ve been and where we need to go. Imagine our surprise when they took us recently to see bison! Yes, we are still in Maine, yes I said bison!!!


Here in Maine, you never know what you will discover! Bison in Maine? Still, to this moment, it blows my mind. “Why are there bison in Maine?” I kept asking myself. So I did what is so natural to us now! I Googled it! There are a few farms raising bison in Maine but this particular farm also has elk, red stag and fallow deer. It is a hunting preserve where you can arrange the “ultimate” hunt for one of these fine animals. Recently on a scroll through Facebook, I discovered that there is a lavender farm nearby where we live. So Amelia, Grandma and I visited the most peaceful, beautiful, purple farm in Maine! And of course, I researched it on the Internet just like the bison farm and so many other little Maine places trying to make a go of it as a local producer, hobby farmer or small business in these trying times. Marble Creek Acres is one of those little Maine places trying to make a go of it. How do we get our name out there? A recent addition to our by-the-road veggie stand is a sign proclaiming “USDA Goat Meat”. About once a week we have foot traffic stopping by to ask questions and purchase (and usually try for the first time) goat meat! It’s sold typically to locals under private label and in 1 lb. vacuum-sealed packages. The veggie stand will be open in a few weeks selling 10+ varieties of garlic, ranging from mild to spicy, and we will also be advertising our goat meat. We also make sure our website address is present everywhere in the stand and on signage that is out for the stand. Another way we get our name out is


Josh’s license plate! KIKOS is what it says on a Maine veteran plate. And do we get looks because in rural Maine, who knows what KIKOS means? To help those lookers we have magnets on that truck with our logo and website address!


This generates conversations sometimes regarding goats and August 2020 | Goat Rancher 21


we are always ready with a business card or an invitation to take a photo of our magnet. Just recently, Josh and I made our way to coastal Maine to pick up some supplies from a local distributor. Along the way we were checking out every field, every fence, every big and small sign looking for ideas to promote and better our ways. From the huge 7-day a week farm-stand to the kids with their lemonade stand, mental notes were made that may never find their way to our ranch. However, they are there in our files for future use if we want.


The measure of a successful ride through our beautiful state used to be a score


of at least one moose, or one bear or several deer but now the Crise Crew makes their ratings based on seeing goats on someone else’s farm or discovering something that helps us promote the farm that gets us “out- there!”


(Josh and Kathy Crise, and their grown


children, Amelia and Kevin, operate Marble Creek Acres in Lee, Maine. For interest in a future year’s Kiko waitlist, questions or if you have topics you might like to read about in a future Goat Rancher, we can be reached at 207-619-3758, email mainekikos@gmail.com or marblecreekacres.com)


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