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Posted: August 18, 2014

To market to market: 2 of Maine’s best farmer’s markets, for totally different reasons

From the pastoral countryside of Damariscotta to the in-town scene at Kennebunk, two distinct farmer’s markets to visit this summer and fall.

Written by: John Golden

Two recent visits this past weekend to farmer’s markets nearly 75 miles apart have shown me once again the diversity available to us when you consider that geography does make a difference in what’s being sold where.

And I’ve decided that the Saturday Kennebunk Farmer’s Market and the Friday Damariscotta  Farmer’s Market (another market is held on Mondays (3 PM to 6 PM) at the Rising Tide Community Store in Damariscotta village) are some of the best two in Maine for totally different reasons.

Site of the Damariscotta Farmer's Market

Site of the Damariscotta Farmer’s Market

Damariscotta’s main draw is the setting on the preserve of the Damariscotta River Association.  Turning off Route 1 onto Belvedere Road leads you down a beautiful winding roadway overlooking the Damariscotta River and its surrounding rolling hills and meadows.  The views are majestic and breathtaking.  The farm venders there are diverse and offer a stunning boutique framework of family farming.  Some of my favorites and the most popular there are Chase Farm Bakery and Dairy (Whitefield), Morning Dew Farm and Pemaquid Lobster and Seafood (New Harbor).

At Kennebunk off Main Street the summer market is nestled in an area behind the retail buildings along the main drag. By next year, however, the market will be housed in the pavilion now under construction  on Main Street, a space that will have an ice-skating rink and room for community events.

The scene at the Kennebunk Farmer's Market

The scene at the Kennebunk Farmer’s Market

The market has nearly 40 vendors, putting it on a par with Brunswick’s Crystal Springs and Portland’s  markets.  The wide berth of vendors offer prepared foods and all the produce, meats, dairy, baked goods and crafts on which a true community farmers’ markets is based.

Some of the standout vendors  include the pristine vegetables, meats and dairy sold at Misty Brook Farm Kelly Orchards, renowned for their peach groves, and lots of small family farms whose produce and products are the fusion of fresh local foods.

Take a look below at the photo essay that says it all.

Damariscotta Farmer’s Market

110 Belvedere Rd., Damariscotta

Beautifully grown new potatoes with a slight  blush of pink

Beautifully grown new potatoes with a slight blush of pink at Morning Dew Farm

Organic carrots and onions at Morning Dew Farm

Organic carrots and onions at Morning Dew Farm

At the preserve it's a wonderful setting for a farmer's market

The preserve  offers a wonderful setting for a farmer’s market

The baked  goods and the farm's  dairy  products like raw heavy cream, whole  milk and buttermilk are in  high demand here

The baked goods and the farm’s dairy products like raw heavy cream, whole milk and buttermilk are in high demand here

From this New Harbor  fishery, the prepared foods are beautifully made; sampled were the scallop stew and the fish pie

From this New Harbor fishery, the prepared foods are beautifully made; sampled were the scallop stew and the fish pie

Local wares including meats and preserved  foods from Erskine Farm and Appleton Creamery

Local wares including meats and preserved foods from Erskine Farm and Appleton Creamery

Kennebunk Farmer’s Market

Main Street, Kennebunk

Intern farmers  at Misty Brook Farm

Intern farmers at Misty Brook Farm

Wonderful dairy products  and poultry and pork from  Misty Brook's herd of Jersey cows

Wonderful dairy products from Misty Brook’s herd of Jersey cows and poultry and pork raised on pasture

Tibbets Farm and Gino's Farm

Tibbets Farm tomatoes (center) and produce from Gino’s Farm

 

Pairisian mini cabbages from Alma Farm

Parisian mini cabbages from Alma Farm

 

 

Gorgeous tomatoes including the  prize San Marzano variety at Alma Farm

Gorgeous tomatoes including the prized San Marzano variety at Alma Farm

Plenty of homemade pie at the Kennebunk market

Plenty of homemade pie at the Kennebunk market

Lots of diversity amongst the vendors

Lots of diversity amongst the vendors

 

 

 

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