Maine - Roadside Pie/Bakery/Produce Stands?
- BernieBrewer Mar 7, 2012 08:01 PM
On a trip to Maine in August 2005, we stopped at a wonderful little roadside pie/bakery honor-system stand on Hwy 32 on the Pemaquid Peninsula and bought some delicious treats.
We're returning to Maine in fall with my extended family, and we'd love to find more of these little gems on our daytrips, both for fun, on-the-go goodies, and desserts for dinners at our rental house.
Can anyone recommend any other notable roadside stands for pies, cookies, produce, jams, etc. (the smaller the stand, the better!) anywhere between Portland and Bar Harbor? (We'll likely be doing a good bit of driving during the week, so that entire stretch of coast is definitely in play.)
I bet you bought from the same place we did. We were camping in the area.
We love to stop at the Brunswick farmers market which is held on Fridays. I've bought baked goods there, also other goodies to cook up. Google the list. Portland's market is considered to be one of the top 10 in the country.
I went on a foodie tour of Portland's Old Port Area last year so I would definitely stop at the fish market (oysters are labeled with where in Maine they came from). What I didn't like about the tour was we didn't get a list of our stops so I can't remember the names. One small shop had a nice variety of cheeses. Maybe someone more familiar with Portland can identify the shops.
We also like to stop at the Cellar Door Winery for the wine tasting and a few bottles. I like their original store in Lincolnville best.
We like to get vanilla yogurt to top with local berries to have as dessert or snack.
I found this description of the Bangor ME European Farmers market
Not the roadside honor system but I sure wouldn't pass it up. Bangor's not too far out of the way.
Amy Upham delivers her delicious pies to a few grocers in the midcoast/Camden/Rockport area. We usually get ours at the Thomaston Grocery on Route 1, and they will put one aside for you if you call ahead. The blueberry is terrific and the chocolate cream is great too. I'm not sure if she also has a roadside stand in Cushing.
Dot's is definitely on the list, and thanks for the other recommendations, too!
How common is the roadside honor-system stand in coastal Maine? I've seen it elsewhere, but it seemed to register off the charts in terms of quaintness when we happened upon the stand in my initial post. I'd be crushed to know that it was a rarity! :-)
If you are heading back to the Pemaquid Peninsula, stop by the Cupboard Café in New Harbor. They have an amazing breakfast menu, including the most scrumptious sticky buns! We ordered some “to go” for an afternoon snack to take to Pemaquid Beach which is nearby. And as an added bonus, they also ship the sticky buns so you can get them even when you are not in Maine!
Any thoughts on the blueberry pie at Quietside Cafe & Ice Cream Shop in Southwest Harbor on Mt. Desert Island? This review looks very promising:
Another place that has gotten some great reviews for their blueberry pie is Maine-Ly Delights in Bass Harbor, Mt. Desert Island:
If anyone has been to either of these places, how does the pie compare with Perkins Pies on Rt. 3 in Bar Harbor or Dot's Bakery in Round Pond?