All summer long, enjoy a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables alongside local artisan beers, wines, and cheeses, and Jess's Market ongoing harvest from the ocean. Look for Maine raised berries, potatoes, apples, peaches, beets, squash, and all the greens you could ask for. Enjoy local farmers markets, among the oldest in the country, and don't forget the flowers! Phil and Karen Clark at Endless Summer Flower Farm in Camden have an array of dahlias (late summer and autumn) that will make your head spin. Tour the gardens, take home a bouquet, and talk to the experts.
Below are a few of the many local venues to choose from (including easy picking from a plentiful crop of red raspberries in early to mid-July at River Watch):
Love rhubarb? Two minutes from River Watch, driving north (toward the mainland) on Route 131, stop at the Humble (make that "humble") Farmer's outdoor table to find generous bunches of fresh rhubarb all summer long. Beth's Farm Market in Warren, off Route 1 south, about half an hour from River Watch sells gorgeous homegrown (and heirloom) fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants, pickles, all summer, and in autumn, apples, cider, squash, corn, and more.
School House Farm (207-273-2440) Route 1, Warren, about 3 miles south of Thomaston, offers a cornucopia of seasonable vegetables, fruits, honeys, jams, baked goods... and pick-your-own apples mid-September through October.
Looking for local, organic meat, poultry, and dairy? Homemade soups, sandwiches, and pies; flowers for the table, and local artisnal cheese and honey? Get to know the local farming community - where your food is coming from, visit the Camden Farmers' Market Wednesdays 3:30 to 6 pm or Saturdays 9 am to 1:00.
Maine-fresh fruits, vegetables, organic produce, and artisan cheeses, beer, and wine within easy reach of River Watch, a mid-coast Maine weekly rental with all the amenities
The local grape
We all know a good glass of wine adds perfection to any meal, sunset, or occasion.
For advice, variety and sheer pleasure, stop in at The Wine Seller in Rockland, a friendly grape-centric gallery of great picks from the local to the far flung.
Maine Artisan Beers
There are a host of outstanding local brews and brew pubs to taste and explore.