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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Maine farmer travels 200 miles to sell wares, Christmas trees — Homestead — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

Maine farmer travels 200 miles to sell wares, Christmas trees — Homestead — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine: Every week during Christmas tree season, Jim Buckle of Buckle Farm rises before dawn and begins the long journey — about 200 miles — south to Boston.

On the first miles, the country roads are narrow and quiet, the other traffic likely to be Amish buggies or bicycles, and the scenery largely limited to fields and forest. But as he gets closer to his destination, the bucolic views give way to the built-up infrastructure and the busy traffic of urban America. By the time the farmer gets to his ultimate destination — a parking lot in Jamaica Plain neighborhood in Boston — he is very far from home.