Maine is synonymous with great food. Much of this is a reflection of the burgeoning local foods and farm to table scene. Of course, great food begins with the naturally unique characteristics of the environment, what the French call terroir, and the attentiveness of its stewards. Once again, Maine is blessed with fine earth and pristine ocean waters tended by a multitude of talented growers and skilled fisherman. Fortunately for locals and visitors alike, many of these able individuals call Lincolnville home.
367 Youngtown Road
Lincolnville, Maine 04849
We can’t imagine there’s a better way to kick off your trip to Midcoast Maine than with a glass of fine wine from one of Maine’s most popular wineries. Owned by Bettina Doulton, the Cellardoor Winery and Vineyard is a 68-acre farm featuring amazing views of Levenseller Mountain. Following a marvelous restoration of the 1790s barn, Cellardoor expanded the winery with a new tasting bar, loft, and an outdoor porch (with even more to-die-for-views). They also built a 9,000-square-foot winery across the road and restored the farmhouse, adding a full commercial kitchen.
The kitchen is home to cooking classes taught by local celebrity chefs. There are also plenty of other samplings, classes, and events at the Winery designed to give guests unique opportunities to enjoy food and wine. Daily complimentary wine tastings are offered throughout the season (April-December), and Cellardoor hosts food and wine pairings featuring artisanal food, chocolate, and cheese makers every Sunday (May through October) from noon until 3 p.m. Guests can also enjoy a delicious selection of prepared sandwiches, salads, and cheese plates during their visit.
The wines, produced by expert winemaker Aaron Peet, are exquisite. They range from crisp and dry, to velvety and robust, to delicately sweet. In addition to their own grapes, they only source additional grapes from premier vineyards in Washington, California, and New York.
Tours and tastings (with the option to take a VIP tour) are available. Please read our complete full profile of the Cellardoor Winery and Vineyard here [Link to Wineries and Breweries article], which includes more in-depth information, seasonal hours, and information about their Villa in Rockport.
67 Atlantic Hwy, PO Box 119
Lincolnville, ME 04849
Point Lookout is more than just a beautiful ocean-side getaway spot. Its 387-acre campus is also home to a year-round organic Point Lookout Farm with a full-time farmer. It was once an under-utilized softball field until they began the transformation to an organic farm in 2011. They currently maintain three (3) fifty-foot long greenhouses and are cultivating half an acre of vegetables using sustainable farming methods. During the summer of 2013, they received certification from the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association (MOFGA), the nation’s preeminent organic certification program.
Here, you can explore the fields and greenhouses at the farm, enjoy stories from their resident farmer, buy produce at their summer farm stand, or enjoy the fruits of their labor right onsite. Their Copper Pine Café serves a daily farm salad from their fresh greens, and their catered events incorporate many farm ingredients. Their vegetables are also the star ingredients of their signature farm-to-table dinners.
Recently, Point Lookout hosted a Farm to Table dinner event that featured their produce along with top-quality meats and seafood from local farmers and fishermen. These ingredients were local and seasonal and broken down into three categories (the Hen House, the Bay, and the Pasture), allowing guests to build a customized menu. After choosing their entrées, Point Lookout served artisan-baked breads and rolls from the Atlantic Baking Company, fresh salads and vegetables, locally roasted organic coffees from Wicked Joe’s, and an array of decadent desserts from a local artisan bakery. Check out this sample menu from a previous event.
Point Lookout plans to do additional Farm to Table events and will likely offer this as a recurring reservation-only event. If you want to experience this yourself, check out their events calendar or call them directly when planning your visit to Lincolnville.
2299 Atlantic Highway
Raised in Milwaukee, Annemarie Ahearn spent her childhood summers at her family’s blueberry farm on Blinn Hill in the town of Dresden, Maine. Since then, she’s pretty much been everywhere. Look at this timeline: attended Colorado College, lived in Aix-en-Provence studying Provincial cuisine, worked in Paris at a little bistro beside Notre Dame (where she would filet flounder table-side for the priests’ afternoon lunch), attended the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, cooked in the kitchen at Blue Hill, worked as a personal assistant to famous chef (and television star) Tom Colicchio, helped teach cooking classes in Barcelona, and came back to Maine in 2009 to build a recreational cooking school – Saltwater.
Located right on the coast in Lincolnville, Salt Water Farm is a family-owned recreational cooking school and farm, operated on an old sheep farm overlooking Penobscot Bay. It was also built on a principle; that life is celebrated around the table, with plates of nourishing food and good friends.
Salt Water Farm offers cooking classes, as well as three-day workshops. All classes are hands-on, exploring the fundamental skills in the kitchen and in the garden - with a deep emphasis on honoring the traditional methods of cooking. These classes are designed to remind you just how fulfilling it is to harvest food from your own backyard. Salt Water certainly takes pleasure in it and uses their seaside vegetable and herb garden to its full advantage.
As seen on their website, there is such a deep and interesting range of available classes and workshops. From “cooking herbs and edible flowers,” to “a summer meal for friends,” to “cobblers, buckles, and grunts,” to “three autumn soups,” to “a stew or a story,” to “cooking with fire,” it’s impossible not to be intrigued – or hungry! Class descriptions, pricing, and reservations are all online. Please note that the farm is not open to the public, so all visits must be made by appointment through their email.
24 Central Street
Rockport, ME 04856
Salt Water also has a delicious must-stop venue in Rockport Harbor; Salt Water Farm at Union Hall. This café and market is located in a beautifully restored historic building, with a deck overlooking Penobscot Bay. Just like the cooking school, the focus is on the ingredients and traditional cooking methods. The ingredients make simple and nourishing foods that honor their integrity, delivered straight from the community’s farmers and fisherman. With head chef Sam Richman at the helm, the café prepares beautiful salads, nourishing soups, simple sandwiches, and homemade pastries for their customers. Salt Water is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and they offer daily provisions and household wares in their market. Of course, it’s all about Maine craftsmen here, too. They source their products primarily from Maine because origin matters just as much as aesthetic. Salt Water sells basic staples like good oils, vinegar, canned tomatoes and salted fish, as well as functional ceramics, woolen blankets and cookbooks. Some Salt Water Farm products are available online for purchase at www.saltwaterfarmshop.com, and you can contact them directly about private and special events.
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