From plump steamed lobster to truly wild blueberries, Maine is full of delicious local foods. Learn about the local food of Maine below with an introduction to Maine's seasonal produce, food festivals, farmers markets, and more.
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Maine's growing season is short, but seasonal local fruit and vegetables are widely available from late spring through late fall if you know where to look.
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Farmers markets are thick on the ground in Maine - at least during the growing season. Find one near you with these guides.
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- Beddington Ridge Farm (Beddington, Maine)
- Berry Best Farm (Lebanon, Maine)
- Circle Farms (Caribou, Maine)
- Crabtree's Pick Your Own High-Bush Blueberries (Sebago, Maine)
- Spiller Farm (Wells, Maine)
- Steep Hill Farm (Fayette, Maine)
- Wilton Blueberry Farm (Wilton, Maine)
Or, just go nuts for blueberries at... one of the various blueberry festivals held throughout the state on various August weekends:
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A sweet and succulent Maine lobster is, by many people's consideration, the very height of good eating. If you live in Maine, you probably have a good lobster source figured out already, For visitors, though, About.com's New England expert recommends Pine Point Fisherman's Co-Op for fresh, Maine lobster (see How to Pick a Good Lobster). Once you have your lobster in hand, you just need to know How to Cook a Lobster and How to Eat a Lobster. Dip it in melted butter and bless the state... of Maine.
The Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine every summer is famous.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Maine Distilleries makes Cold River classic vodka, blueberry vodka, and traditional gin from Maine potatoes. Potato vodka and gin have delightfully more body than the more common grain alcohols. Learn more at Maine Distilleries.
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Maine MunchiesMaine Munchies are snack mixes heavily influenced by dried berries - dried wild blueberries are, in one humble opinion, the best. They're made in Bar Harbor and found throughout New England.
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Maine Local Food Resources
There is a lot going on local foods-wise in Maine. If you're looking for inspiration and like-minded folk, start with one of these organizations:
Or, for great recipe ideas that capture the taste of Maine, take a look at The Maine Summer Cookbook: Recipes for Delicious, Sun-Filled Days by Kinds Greenlaw and Martha Greenlaw (check prices here).