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