The state of Maine has more than 1.4 million acres in farmland (about 8,200 farms), 60% of which is held in small farms of less than 100 acres. Maine now ranks first in agricultural sales, in part due to the thriving network of farmers markets, farm stands, and to farm-to-table restaurants.
Agricultural production here on the Peninsula embodies the interdependence of culture, food and a healthy economy. This Peninsula is home to roughly 40 farms. They are small family-run farms, committed to the land and to producing high quality produce, dairy and meat products.
Farmers here produce year-round, despite our notorious winters. There’s a farmers market in every town, you’ll find farm stands all around the peninsula, you can buy from the on-line farmers market FarmDrop (see ad pg. 8), or you can have a care package of locally produced goods delivered to you from Peninsula Provisions.
Farm-to-table dining offers the finest collaboration between the regions talented chefs and its dedicated farmers. Across the Peninsula, chefs work with local food producers to deliver
the finest dining experience – they can tell you where your steak or oyster was raised, what type of heirloom tomato you’ve been served and why the local cream makes the best flan.
The peninsula’s farmers markets are home- grown, community driven markets offering a changing mix of farm products including produce, meat, dairy, and eggs. Local coffee roasters, tea producers, the local saltworks, beekeepers, bakers, fishermen & women, and craftspeople are also well- represented. Each market reflects the nature of its town, and each trip to the market is a unique experience.
BLUE HILL FARMERS MARKET
Blue Hill Fairgrounds.*
May 23 – Oct 10, Saturdays 9-11:30
A classic summer farmers market with everything you’d expect! Produce, meat, dairy, flowers, bread and more.
*The market will be at the 1st Congregational Church on Sat., Aug 29, Sept 5 & 12
BROOKLIN FARMERS MARKET
Brooklin Public Library
Mid-May through Sept., Thursdays 3-5:30
One of the few evening markets, this one offers a lively mix of products in the center of town.
BROOKSVILLE FARMERS MARKET
Community Center in Buck’s Harbor
A small-town summer market featuring plants, eggs, specialty salt, and local crafts.
CASTINE FARMERS MARKET
Mid-June through Sept., Thursdays 9-11:30
Take a stroll through Castine’s historic streets and stop by for fresh fish and produce- and some fine jewelry.
DEER ISLE VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET
Old school parking lot
Early June through mid-Oct., Wednesdays 9:30-11:30
Stop by for peaches, tea, smoked fish, along with local produce and crafts.
STONINGTON FARMERS MARKET
Island Community Center, School St.
Mid-May through mid-Oct., Fridays 10-noonA rain or shine market offering local produce, cheeses, seafood, and fine crafts. Community organizations are also represented. The market is dog-friendly, but pets must be leashed. For more information, visit stoningtonfarmersmarket.com.
WINTER MARKET IN BLUE HILL
Mainescape Garden Center
Mid-October to mid-May, Saturdays 9:30-noon
Enjoy hot coffee, cocoa and fresh baked in the greenhouse. Fresh vegetables, dairy, lamb, pork, maple syrup and a rotating mix of fine crafts. For more information: (207) 266.6512
Blue Hill Farmers’ Market a diverse group of farmers, artist and food producers providing a great shopping experience every Saturday from Memorial day weekend to Columbus Day weekend.
Blue Hill Fairgrounds
Blue Hill, ME 04614