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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod@mainetoday.com On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: May 22, 2015

Five places to dine down on the farm in Maine this summer

Written by: Susan Axelrod

Maybe it’s the alpacas, or the gardens, or the scenic haywagon ride. Maybe it’s the talented local chefs, or sun dipping below the trees, or the smell of something delicious grilling nearby. It’s all of these things, really. When it comes to farm dinners in Maine, we’ve got quite a selection: Some of them feature our state’s best chefs; others offer live music and dancing; and you’re welcome to attend them all. The best part? At each of these dinners the food served has been sourced from a few feet away or just up the road. It’s farm-to-table at its finest.

Flanagan Farm

Photo courtesy emilie inc.

Flanagan’s Table dinners

The Barn at Flanagan Farm, Buxton

Set inside The Barn at Flanagan Farm, the five-course dinners, prepared by a rotating line-up of well-known Maine chefs, feature local produce, cheese, meats, and pantry staples, wine and Maine beer. The dinners benefit the Maine Farmland Trust and continue throughout the year.
$115
FMI: flanaganstable.com

Flanagan’s Table dinner schedule
Sunday, June 14: Chefs Chad Conley and Greg Mitchell of Palace Diner
Monday, July 13: Chefs Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez of Piccolo (Reservations open June 3)
Monday, August 10: SOUS-per dinner featuring six Maine sous chefs — Ian Driscoll of Central Provisions, Rocky Hunter of David’s, Matthew Jauck of Earth at Hidden Pond, Dustin Martin of Primo, Anders Talberg of Hugo’s, William White of Vignola Cinque Terre (Reservations open July 8)
Monday, September 21: Chef Brian Hill of Francine Bistro and Shepherd’s Pie (Reservations open Aug. 19)

Wolfe’s Neck Farm

Mallet Barn. Photo courtesy of Wolfe’s Neck Farm.

Farm-To-Table Dinners

Mallet Barn at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport

In 2013, the farm began a partnership with Masa Miyake of the Miyake restaurants in Portland, launching it with a dinner that sold out before organizers had a chance to announce it to the public. For 2015, they are hosting three dinners to highlight foods grown there and at other local farms, partnering with Gather in Yarmouth, Frontier Cafe in Brunswick, and Rosemont Market, in addition to Miyake. These events will support the Teen Ag Program, educating the next generation of farmers and small farm advocates while filling food pantry shelves.
FMI: wolfesneckfarm.org

Farm-To-Table Dinner schedule (all dinners are 5 – 8 p.m.)
Sunday, June 14: Pig Roast and Tasting with Miyake
Join chef Masa Miyake for a pig roast and local-flavors tasting including live music by the Gather Rounders and dancing
$75 per person includes all food and drinks
Sunday, Aug. 30: Family Farm Feast with Gather Farm Fresh Eatery and Frontier Cafe
A summer evening celebration including a family friendly meal, live music and dancing and kids’ activities
$50/adults; $20/kids 4 and up; kids 3 and under free. Includes all food, drinks and activities
Sunday, Sept. 20: Harvest Dinner with Rosemont Market and Bakery
A celebration of the harvest season with local food prepared by chef Brad Messier
$100 per person includes all food and drinks

Jordan’s Farm

Gabe Souza/Press Herald file photo

The Well

Jordan’s Farm, Cape Elizabeth

The Well at Jordan’s Farm opens for its third season on Friday, June 3. Chef Jason Williams creates his dishes from locally sourced food as much as possible and diners can eat at picnic tables out in the open on the farm — those tables are first come, first served. Parties of six or more can make reservations for one of the sweet gazebos, where you can dine in bug-free comfort. Added last year: a fire pit where guests can hang out before or after dinner. The menu changes on a daily basis depending on what’s in season and availability of ingredients. There are typically 4-5 items to choose from (always a chicken option, seafood option, and vegetarian option). For reservations: 207-831-9350 or hewellatjordansfarm@hotmail.com.
Menu and price vary. Price range: $7 for kids meals and $18-$25 for adults. Cash only! BYOB.
FMI: jordansfarm.wix.com/thewell

Twilight Dinner Series at Turkey Hill Farm

Shannon Bryan/mainetoday.com file photo

Twilight Dinner

Turkey Hill Farm, Cape Elizabeth
The casual, three-course Thursday night Twilight Dinners in the orchard of Turkey Hill Farm on Cape Elizabeth are made with fresh produce grown at Turkey Hill Farm by youth growers and new American farmers in Cultivating Community’s programs.Each Twilight Dinner is prepared by a southern Maine chef. The cost supports the organization’s work. Say hi to the animals while you’re there.
$40
FMI: cultivatingcommunity.org

Pineland Farms

Graze Dinners

Pineland Farms, New Gloucester

A partnership between Pineland Farms and The Black these themed, buffet dinners feature spotlight local producers of meat and seafood, produce, dairy products, beer, wine and spirits. The cost of dinner includes all food and drink, live music, a tour of the farm or gardens and, during the cocktail social, a chance to learn what the participating farms and purveyors are bringing to the local table.

Tickets are $80 and include the tour, live entertainment, drinks, dinner, tax and gratuity. Purchase at theblacktieco.com or 207-761-6665

FMI: facebook.com/pages/Graze-at-Pineland-Farms

Graze dinner schedule
June 24: Strawberries & Cream: Wholesome Holmstead, Ewe & I, Breakwater Vineyards
July 15: Straight From The Tap: Rising Tide Brewing, Coopers Maple Products
July 29: Field & Forest: Broadturn Farm, Maine Cap ‘n Stem Mushroom Company, Pineland Farm Dairy
August 12: Lamb & Lager: North Star Sheep Farm, Allagash Brewing Co.
August 26: Saltwater & Sweetgrass: Maine Shellfish Co., Olivia’s Garden, Sweetgrass Farm Winery
September 9: Three Little Pigs: Tibbetts Family Farm, Maine Distilleries
September 23: The American Diner: Gillespie’s Corn, Brackett’s Orchards, Pineland Farms Natural Meats
October 7: Autumn’s Bounty: Applewald Farm, Harvest Hill Farm, Abbott’s Maple Syrup

 

 

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