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.
Deering Oaks Park
Saturdays, Late April-late November, 7am-1pm
Wednesdays, April-December (some year-round), 7am-1pm
Winter Farmers' Market
Saturdays, December-late April, 9am-1pm
84 Cove Street, East
Yarmouth Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 3-6 PM, from June through September
Main Community Music Center