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What are the best and coolest food businesses and farms in Coastal Maine? From Rockland north through DownEast.

JMF Aug 15, 2009 06:11 AM

I've been busy all spring and summer building my distillery and now it's time to write for a few weeks. What do you think are the best food businesses, restaurants, farms in northern Mid-Coastal and DownEast Maine? Ones that deserve attention from the public and media? The newer the better! Looking for places north of Rockland along the coast. DownEast preferably so I can help boost their economy. Also any really good picks in northern Maine worth the drive? I'll be traveling around the area from Aug 17 through Sept 8, looking for things to write about and ideas to hand off to other food writers. Thanks

  1. Passadumkeg Aug 17, 2009 11:30 PM


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    1. re: Passadumkeg
      JMF Aug 18, 2009 06:35 AM

      Maine Coast Sea Vegetables is on my list. Thanks

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      BikeToEat Aug 17, 2009 06:08 PM

      Mandala Farm in Gouldsboro - They use Norwegian Fjords (ancient breed of horse) to do most of their farm work and grow a variety of vegetables, raise pigs, chickens, and milk cows all with sustainable practices. If you have read about sustainable farming in Omnivore's Dilemma, you know how they farm. www.mandalafarm.com

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        mainemal Aug 17, 2009 07:19 AM

        Not as a single farm business, but as a source of the best local produce in the mid-coast area: the new "Rising Tide" co-op in Damariscotta, with pictures and write-ups on the walls of their suppliers.

        And, I'm not quite sure if Phippsburg counts on your list of mid-coast, since it's south of Rockland, but Hahn's End cheeses set the standard.

        1. the_MU Aug 16, 2009 01:10 PM

          Belfast Co-op.

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            JMF Aug 17, 2009 05:35 AM

            Great suggestion. I have friends who manage a farm who are part of the co-op. I will have to check it out. thanks.

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            Tipatina Aug 15, 2009 12:18 PM

            Bartlett Winery in Gouldsboro. Wine part not so new but they're now making aperitifs and brandys.

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            1. re: Tipatina
              JMF Aug 17, 2009 05:34 AM

              I know the Bartletts, they are part of our Maine Wine Guild. thanks for bringing them up. Bob and I discussed my visit to his distillery months ago but it slipped my mind.

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              aareri Aug 15, 2009 07:44 AM

              The fresh saurkraut place in Waldoboro.... can't remember the name :(

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                HDinCentralME Aug 15, 2009 07:50 AM

                yes, Morse's Sauerkraut


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                  merrvally Aug 21, 2009 11:41 AM

                  Second Morse's !
                  Black Crow bakery - litchfield
                  marchall's warf brewery - Belfast

                  1. re: merrvally
                    happybellynh Aug 21, 2009 12:05 PM

                    I third Morse's, although it's slightly south of Rockland. Also great but slightly south- Beth's farmstand in Warren. I can't get enough (although they only sell what they make themselves).

                    Also- has anyone seen the new Sweets and Meats in Rockland? The name really tunrs me off, but the store, which just opened a few weeks ago, is quite nice. They have a great selection of local meats and cheeses, some produce, herbs/spices, fancy things, cappucino- they're similar to the Sage Market was in it's first incarnation, early on in Rockland.

                    Finally, the Market Basket in Rockport is an outstanding bakery, wine shop, and gourmet goods resource. Don't leave without trying their cinnamon donut muffins- fondly referred to as "duffins" in my house. If I lived next door I'd be 100 pounds heavier.

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                HDinCentralME Aug 15, 2009 06:49 AM

                Raye's Mustard, Eastport.


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