HiP Paris Blog founder Erica Berman moved from Paris to Maine looking for a more meaningful life, and eventually founded Veggies to Table, a grow-to-donate farm, to help end hunger in her community. Now, YOU can also help feed those in need, AND win a week in a Paris apartment, a weekend in Montreal, a year-long pastry course—and so many more French-inspired prizes.

A Parisian bedroom with beige walls, a brown commode, and a window with maroon curtains.

Paris to Maine

People are often intrigued when I mention I moved from Paris, France, to the coast of Maine—such drastically different places! After 20 years in Paris, my French husband, Alain, and I decided we wanted a quieter life full of nature, purpose, and sustainable living. So, we made the leap and moved to Maine where we bought land, built a house, and started a farm.

Veggies to Table is a non-profit farm. We grow top-quality organic produce and flowers to donate to local people experiencing hunger and needing joy.

Erica Berman and Allain Ollier on their non profit farm Veggies to Table
photo by Kelsey Kobik

My husband and I were inspired to start Veggies to Table after learning staggering truths about food insecurity in Maine. 1 in 7 Mainers do not have enough food on their tables, and 43% of students rely on school meals everyday. We were saddened as we strongly believe everyone should have access to beautiful, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food. So we decided to put our land to use, helping to ensure that no one in our community must choose between buying food or paying rent or medical bills.

A kitchen in a Parisian apartment with white cabinets and a brown wooden table.

Sweepstakes: Win a Stay in a Paris Apartment and Other French-Inspired Prizes!

Veggies to Table is hosting our second annual French Sweepstakes to raise funds to continue our work to end hunger in our community.

You can win a week-long stay in my Paris apartment, which has a balcony and panoramic views, along with a host of additional prizes. This unique fundraiser will help Veggies to Table expand our reach, provide access to organic produce and flowers to more people in need, while bringing YOU to Paris or Paris to YOU!

The Grand Prize includes a chauffeur to and from the airport, exclusive tours, restaurant meals, and more. Runner-up prizes include a weekend in Montreal, a one-year online pastry course taught by a Le Cordon Bleu-trained Pastry Chef, a 3.5 Quart Sauteuse, and so much more. Check out our Sweepstakes page for detailed information on the incredible prizes, and enter to win!

The Sweepstakes will run from Aug 1 to Sept 18. Winners will be selected online on September 22. YOU can make a difference by helping us feed our neighbors living in the crisis of hunger. And you might just win a week in Paris!

Left: Two hands holding 2 freshly picked tomatoes from Veggies to Table; Right: A young boy holds an orange pumpkin from Veggies to Table.
Left: Two young girls eat some cherry tomatoes from Veggies to Table; Right: A young girl with blonde hair eats green beans from Veggies to Table.

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Erica Berman

Erica Berman grew up in Lexington, Mass. After graduating from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Journalism and an intensive summer at Middlebury College (Vermont), Erica went to Paris with hopes of submerging herself in French culture and perfecting her French — and she stayed 20 years. Erica is the founder of the HiP Paris Blog and Haven In her former company. She now splits her time between Paris (Montmartre) and Maine (Midcoast). She recently started a non-profit growing organic produce for the food insecure in Maine called Veggies to Table. In her all-too-rare free time, Erica likes to travel off the beaten track, explore Paris and Maine, read, take photos, cook, kayak, hike and enjoy long Sunday brunches with her friends.

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