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Maine Farms & Farmer's Markets

Seasonal bounty of fruits, vegetables, plants, cheeses, eggs, and countless other items

Visitors to Portland look to its farms and markets for that grand display of fresh meats, cheeses, greens, breads, pickles and honey – not to mention an opportunity to mix with local neighbors – whether it’s the height of summer or a chilly winter morning. Area farms and farmer’s markets serve another purpose here as well: providing local growers, stewards of our natural resources, and producers of good, wholesome food with an important link to the local community.

From early spring to late fall, visitors can join farmers at Deering Oaks Park to partake in the seasonal bounty of fruits, vegetables, plants, cheeses, eggs, and countless other items. Monument Square in the heart of the city provides a more urban backdrop for those filling their bag with vegetables, meats, herbs, and cut flowers. During the winter season, famer’s markets continue in full swing indoors at pre-determined locations where famers bring an abundance of root veggies, greenhouse greens, baked goods, meats, and jams and jellies to market in a lively setting with music and food trucks nearby.

For those with a desire to go beyond the farmer’s market, popular day trips to farms, including maple sugar farms, and apple orchards, are wonderful diversions for families, as are trips to wild blueberries barrens, local potato growers, or farms with breeding stock and grazing sheep. There are many farms in Portland and surrounding areas like South Portland, Cumberland, Scarborough and Freeport, for example, that provide communities and area restaurants (and in some cases, the nation) with their Maine-grown and Maine-raised goods. Family-sized farms welcome visitors to their farm stands, while some larger farms feature corn mazes, pumpkin picking, wagon rides, and tours, along with opportunities to buy local cheeses, meats and produce.

 

Natural & Organic Shopping

Krucial Cos

Krucial Cos

Portland
Natural, organic, and cruelty-free bath and body products & cosmetics.
 Lois’ Natural Marketplace

Lois’ Natural Marketplace

Portland
Leader in the world of organic and natural foods, herbs & supplements.
The Honey Exchange

The Honey Exchange

Portland
Specialty foods, wine and beer made with honey and beeswax products.
 Uncommon Paws

Uncommon Paws

Portland
Unique, all-natural pet products for your dogs and cats.

Natural & Organic Shopping

Krucial Cos

Portland
Natural, organic, and cruelty-free bath and body products & cosmetics.

Lois’ Natural Marketplace

Portland
Leader in the world of organic and natural foods, herbs & supplements.

The Honey Exchange

Portland
Specialty foods, wine and beer made with honey and beeswax products.

Uncommon Paws

Portland
Unique, all-natural pet products for your dogs and cats.

Pick Your Own

Picking seasons can be brief but wonderful at Greater Portland area farms, where acres of land bloom into glorious color. Raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries (the celebrated local crop) are pick-your-own favorites, where visitors pay for and bring home whatever they can pick. But as one season rolls out, another rolls in, so there’s always an excuse to get outside, see a local farm, and enjoy the fruits of a good day’s labor in Maine.

During the summer season, strawberry-picking is a choice activity when area farms are full of fruit at their peak of ripeness. Later in the summer, raspberries and wild blueberries will welcome the small-scale harvester. Late summer and fall is the right time to head to local orchards where apple picking can yield a handsome basket of Honeycrisps or Macouns. Fall is the season to engage in a traditional trip to a Maine pumpkin patch, where families can choose just the right specimen. It’s a great way to enjoy the crisp air, local foliage, and perhaps a glass of cider.

These charming pick-your-own farms can be found scattered all over the Greater Portland area. Scheduled picking times and ripening dates are usually listed on their websites, keeping visitors updated about closures for weather or the ripening progress.

Events

Open Farm Day, Statewide in July

Open Farm Day is an annual family adventure in which farms throughout the State of Maine open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture. Demonstrations, displays, farm-raised products for sale and animals and crops to experience. Activities may include barn and field tours, milking, hay rides, petting zoos, nature trails, beautiful scenery, samples for tasting and refreshments.

Maine Maple Sunday, March

Most sugarhouses offer free maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. Many farms offer games, activities, treats, sugarbush tours, music, and so much more. Maine Maple Sunday is always the fourth Sunday in March although some sugarhouses are offering events for both Saturday and Sunday.

Farms Open To The Public


  Pineland Farm

· Alewive's Brook Farm , 83 Old Ocean House Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME

· Harris Farm and XC Ski, 280 Buzzell Road Dayton, ME

· Jordan Farm, 21 Wells Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME

· Maxwell's Farm, 112 Spurwink Avenue, Cape Elizabeth, ME

· Orchard Hill Farm, 36 Orchard Rd, Cumberland, ME

· Orchard Ridge Farm, 236 Sebago Lake Road, Gorham, ME

· Patten's Farm, Rte 22, Gorham, ME

· Pettengill Farm, Pettengill Road Freeport, ME

· Pumpkin Valley Farm, 100 Union Falls Road Dayton, ME

· Smiling Hill Farm, 781 County Rd, Westbrook, ME

· Spiller Farm, 85 Spiller Farm Lane, Wells, ME US 04090 U-Pick berries, apples, pumpkins

· Terison Apple Orchard, 1 Whitney Road, Cumberland, ME

· Wolfe's Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, ME

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