While the farm to table movement is just starting to take root nationally, it seems as if the sustainability scene in Lincolnville is well established and thriving. From sustainably grown grains and hops, to maple syrup, veggies, fresh eggs and Maine blueberries, the selection of locally grown or locally distributed certified organic foods is both astonishing and mouthwatering.
Many of the local farms are Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) members. Formed in 1971, MOFGA is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. MOGFA is dedicated to “help farmers and gardeners: grow organic food, fiber and other crops; protect the environment; recycle natural resources; increase local food production; support rural communities; and illuminate for consumers the connection between healthful food and environmentally sound farming practices.”
When it comes to practicing sustainability, it is hard to believe there is a more dedicated bunch than Lincolnville’s growers. When you visit, we know you will savor their efforts and enjoy a harvest of healthy flavors.
Lincolnville, ME 04849
Certified organic by the Maine Farmers and Gardeners Association, as well as Good Agricultural Practice certified, Ararat Farms is committed to providing their customers with food that is superior in nutrition, freshness, and flavor. The Lincolnville farm is focused on maintaining healthy soil (essential for healthy crops), conducting certified organic production (no artificially produced fertilizers or pesticides), state of the art harvesting and storage, and renewable energy. Farm managers Emilia Carbone and Jed Beach also have another goal in mind that has been shared in the local press – they want their produce to outshine the standard grocery store vegetables when it comes to flavor, nutrient density and shelf life.
In 2012, Emilia and Jed increased their cultivation area to 5 acres (up from 1) and streamlined their crop plan to a few favorite (and thriving) crops. They focused on eight: kale, salad mix, Asian greens, cabbage, onions, beets, carrots and broccoli. They have a wholesale clientele – notably several Hannaford locations, Maine’s primary grocery store chain. That’s why in 2013, the farm increased to 10 acres in cultivation, including an increased product line-up that caters to absences in Hannaford’s local offerings including: baby rainbow carrots, mixed cherry tomatoes, and a tender, colored kale mix.
June through October, you can buy their delicious produce right at the local farm stand – located at the corner of Route 52 and Vancycle Road. During each day of the season, you'll have access to the freshest produce around. They are also Hannaford’s chief supplier of organic green kale, leaf lettuce, rainbow carrots, and onions during the season. They also have an online farm stand – a virtual shopping portal where customers can pre-select their vegetables for pick-up at one of the farm’s wholesale clients, State of Maine Cheese Company up the road in Camden.
Many local restaurants within the Midcoast Maine area rely on Ararat Farms for their ingredients. However, go right to the source when you're here and hit up the farm stand. Get really adventurous and plan your entire meal that night based on what you find here during the day. It’s truly unbelievable to eat fresh and local produce when it’s in season!
For more information, including other specific places to find Ararat Farms’ produce, visit their website.
534 Youngtown Road
Lincolnville, Maine 04849
With 46 acres of pasture and forest abutting Camden Hills State Park, Continuous Harmony Farm also manages 19 acres of no-spray blueberries right in Lincolnville. Owned and operated by Doug Mott and Nicole Maynard, they are in their third year of organic production. In addition to wild organic blueberry production, they are working towards creating a small-scale diversified organic farm that will produce a range of quality local food products.
People wait all year to place their orders of these 10-pound boxes of fresh, sorted, and cleaned berries. They come in freezer-ready boxes if you have enough self-restraint to keep them frozen throughout the year – perfect to have your blueberry fix even in the dead of winter. After you pre-order, they will have some pick-up dates at the Lincolnville location in July and August.
These delicious Maine blueberries sell out every single year – so orders need to be placed early! The owners say they “aim to rake them in the morning and have them in your hands by the afternoon.” Each box is $35 (a 10% discount for 10 or more boxes) and you should call them directly for order information. Our recommendation? Stock up on a few boxes if you happen to be in Lincolnville during blueberry season!
259 Masalin Rd, Lincolnville, ME
Located in Lincolnville on the south side of Levensellar Mountain at an elevation of 250-500 feet above sea level, Sewall Orchard looks out over the Camden Hills State Park and parts of Penobscot Bay to the southeast, and Acadia National Park to the east.
Sewall Orchard is the oldest organically certified orchard in the state of Maine. They spent two years preparing the soil before they even planted their trees in 1980. Right now, they have 550 trees standard and semi-dwarf root stock; the majority came from Stark Brothers in Missouri, and the rest are heirloom varieties from different parts of New England.
Many years later, soil is just as important. Sewall Orchard believes in this chain reaction: healthy soil produces healthy plants that create healthy people. Therefore, they use biodynamic techniques, not toxic chemicals.
Each September, workers come to the orchard to camp out on the land during the fall, staying busy by picking apples and pressing cider.
It is this the same organic apple cider vinegar that was included in Downeast Magazine’s “Best of Maine” 2008 issue. This award-winning product is made year-round from their cider. They never use preservatives, chemicals, sweeteners, or artificial flavors; they also don't pasteurize.
If you are in the area, you can pick up this delicious organic apple cider vinegar here at the farm (advanced order is required), at the Lincolnville Farmer's Market, or at the Belfast Co-op if you're taking a day trip that way.
If you would like to pick your own apples, buy apples, purchase cider and vinegar, or see the cider press in operation, plan to visit Sewall Orchard between late September to early November when Maine apple season fully kicks into gear! Since the season depends on climate, be sure to check their website or call them directly before coming out.
This is also a great place to have a picnic or take a hike, but please leave your pups at home. They love dogs but can’t allow them on the orchard!
In Lincolnville Center at the intersections of Rt 52 and Rt 173
6 Heal Rd
Lincolnville, ME, 04849
The market is located at the former Grandpa Hall's in Lincolnville Center – also the location of the Lincolnville Town Library. If you don’t know exactly where that is, you’ll see the signs on Saturday morning.
Once you arrive, take your pick of great local items like raw milk, yogurt, farm cheese, vegetables, eggs, maple syrup, bread, other baked goods, and crafts. They also sell coffee, soup and bread – proceeds going to Lincolnville Improvement Association, which helps support the market.
The Lincolnville Farmers’ Market is “open every Sunday, rain or shine, from Noon to 4 pm” but be sure to check their website or Facebook page for their latest seasonal hours and other information.
2299 Atlantic Highway
Lincolnville Maine 04849
Located right in Lincolnville, Saltwater Farm is a family-owned recreational cooking school and farm, operated on an old sheep farm overlooking Penobscot Bay. There are plenty of cooking classes, as well as three-day workshops, to choose from. If you want to truly appreciate ingredients and the traditional methods of cooking to get them to “sing” in your dish – reserve your spot in the farm classroom now.
Class descriptions, pricing, and reservations are all on their website. Please note that the farm is not open to the public, so all visits must be made by appointment through firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out our more in-depth profile on the farm and their café here!
2456 Atlantic Highway
Lincolnville, ME 04849
Owner John Ostrand runs Green Tree Coffee and Tea – and he has the credentials to do so. In the past, he has worked for exporters in Costa Rica and Guatemala. Now, at Green Tree, John imports directly from all coffee growing areas of the world, supplying gourmet whole beans, roast, ground, and flavored coffee to the enthusiasts that love it. Green Tree Coffee & Tea offers a wide variety of fresh Maine Roasted Coffees from around the world and is “as committed to the coffee as it is to the environment.” Green Tree purchases “only Rain Forest Alliance ® coffees” for use in their Coastal Maine Blends.
They also offer a diverse selection of quality tea products, ranging from whole leaf teas, herbal, ice tea blends, black teas from China and the white teas of Darjeeling.
Before you set out on your long adventurous day in Lincolnville, pop in here for a good cup of Joe. John will help you decide what blend will best satisfy your coffee craving. Happy Dog (a medium-dark roast) is pretty popular, and as an added bonus, $1 from the sale of each pound is donated to the Mobile Greyhound Adoption Center.
While you wait (insider tip: take more time out of your day for an awesome pour-over coffee), you can listen to some great music and unwind in the comfortable café. In addition to the actual brick-and-mortar store, Green Tree Coffee & Tea also roasts and packages coffee specifically for the hotel (in-room) market.
If you are missing this coffee after you leave Maine, don’t fret. Visit their website to order Green Tree products online!
67 Atlantic Hwy, PO Box 119
Lincolnville, ME 04849
They are certified by Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association (MOFGA), too. During most days in the summer, anyone visiting the area can purchase fresh, farm grown produce and eggs at a small farmstand operated by one of the resort’s friendly and knowledgeable farm staff members.
After a successful Farm to Table dinner event in June 2014, Point Lookout plans to host others in the future. In addition to their on-site grown vegetables, this exclusive and unique meal lets diners savor local meats, freshly caught seafood, and baked goods from our most talented foodie artisans.
Reservations are required for this event so be sure to sign up for their mailing list or check their website often for the most-up-to-date event happenings at the farm and resort!
Lincolnville, ME 04849
Sam sells organic grains including ground cornmeal, wheat and rye flours certified by the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association (MOFGA). Come spring or summer, you can find Sam at the local Lincolnville farmer’s market selling Grange Corner Farm products – including fresh, juicy raspberries and strawberries in season. Member of Sam’s staff have conducted "Baking with rye" demos in which they explains how you “can actually hand-harvest, thresh, and winnow small batches of rye without any machinery.” As the folks at Grange Corner Farm say, this is just “one more reason to love rye!” And if you’ve ever tasted the Farm’s crispy and delicious rye blueberry cookies, you’d agree!
Sam hopes to develop his farm into a fully integrated livestock, grain, and produce business in the near future.
Check out their Facebook page for the latest farm news, their latest events (up-to-date information on where to find them, too), some fantastic recipes, and an assortment of great photos that look good enough to eat. If you're interested in incorporating these grains into your own products or business, call Sam!
The hops are grown primarily for local beer brewers. Green (wet) hops are available at harvest and dried whole hops are available year round “while supplies last”. The farm also offers root stock in the spring.
In 1629, hops were introduced to Massachusetts via Europe. Production exploded in New England to 1.5 million pounds a year by the mid-1800s. Today, the Pacific Northwest grows about 30,000 acres of hops, whereas the entire Eastern Seaboard does about 100.
In a recent article, Taylor said: "Out west you see these big beautiful vines, but they use a tremendous amount of chemicals to control pests. There aren't many organic hops operations." Just like Sam's grains, Taylor’s hops are all certified MOFGA organic.
And, even though he can't offer as many hops as huge commercial brewers might need, he does pretty well for himself. When the plants reach maturity, he estimates the he can get a yield of up to 1,000 pounds of dried hops. When you consider it only takes 4 or 5 ounces to make 5 gallons of beer - you're talking about a pretty impressive turnout.
In the coming seasons, Taylor and his partner Jim Sady are hoping to have a substantial cascade hop harvest since these hearty hops can handle New England’s unpredictable (and wet) climate. Hops in Maine – who knew?
For more information, visit their Facebook page or call or email Taylor directly.
2457 Atlantic Hwy,
Lincolnville, ME 04849
For example, This past summer, Dot’s hosted a Farmer's Market and Grill Friday event featuring grilled local lamb burgers, buffalo burgers and cheese burgers just outside the storefront. Inside, Dot’s was roasting organic (1/2) chickens and serving prosciutto and roasted red pepper mac n cheese, and organic local lamb kabobs. The soups du jour were Chicken rice vegetable and Gazpacho. Their salads included traditional chicken with lentil Bulgar and dill potato salad, and a blackened chicken Caesar salad. Yum. Delicious. Lick our fingers. What more is there to say?
At Dot’s, it's all about using locally grown ingredients and making delicious food from scratch. The list of offerings is pretty endless: cinnamon rolls, bear claws, muffins, scones, cookies, brownies, pies, cakes, lemon bars, macaroons – and more.
You're also in for a treat if you're stopping here for breakfast or lunch. You can start off the morning right with a fresh-baked muffin, a piping hot cupa’ Joe, breakfast sandwich (egg, cheese, bacon) on a toasted baguette or a breakfast burrito (scrambled eggs, spinach, feta, bacon and a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar) or you can grab a specialty sandwich (or a slice of quiche) to eat at the beach later on. Did we say yum?
Dot’s also sells an assortment of other goodies and deli items along with an amazing “sophisticated selection” of wine ($10 - $50 per bottle) and beers. They are closed on Mondays, but open Tuesday - Sunday 7am - 3pm.
For more information or to request special orders, please call or visit their website. If you want to be in the know on their latest happenings or foodie pictures, follow them on Facebook.
Each summer, Lincolnville celebrates two of its favorite local ingredients with two great annual festivals! If you’re in town in July or August, make it a point to stop in and immerse yourself into these locally delicious berries!
Lincolnville Center, ME
What says summer like strawberry shortcake? At this festival, you can get your fill of these juicy red berries! There are plenty of goods (like jams) to bring home, too. Just remember to get here early; the strawberry shortcake is known to sell out!
McLaughlin’s Lobster Shack,
Lincolnville Beach, ME
Blueberry pancake breakfast, blueberry jams, blueberry baked goods, and blueberry handmade items – yes, please! The Midcoast Maine region waits all year to celebrate the arrival of our famously legendary berries. Sponsored by the Lincolnville Improvement Association, all event proceeds help fund general improvements to the Lincolnville community and three scholarships ($1,000 higher education scholarships) will be granted to deserving Lincolnville High School students. You won’t want to miss this!
*Please check the town calendar before your visit. While these festivals will always take place in the same month, the actual date will change from year to year.
When you're here in Lincolnville, we invite you to enjoy all that our land, sea, farmers, and skilled chefs have to offer. For such a small town, it’s a pretty amazing table that we've created. We hope you like your front row seat!