When I used to live in southern Maine, I loved going to the local farm stand, it was such a treat and not many to come by.  It was a twenty minute drive down the road, but it took me miles away from the city to a different era.  Fresh vegetables grown by the person I was buying them from - a wonderful concept. They ever had a dairy farm down the road that sold raw milk…and that was before you could find it everywhere, come to think of it, you still can’t find it everywhere but I am getting off topic here. 

Fast forward to when I moved to the Midcoast, about 12 years ago. I didn't have to wonder if there were any farm stands close by.  I found there were several within a 20 minute drive and all have a slightly different personality.  Take Beth's Farm Market in Warren, for example.  Beth's is literally a 15 minutes drive from my house and if you haven't been there, you need to check it out. They had a terrible fire last winter but have fully recovered.

Beth's does have fresh, locally grown produce, but they also have seedlings, beautiful hanging flowers, fresh baked donuts, honey and they even have lobsters.  When their corn is in season, it is sweet, picked fresh daily and is kept in a cooler to keep it that way.

All of that pales to their strawberry shortcake.  Yes, they have strawberry shortcake that is beyond amazing.  They use their very own strawberries, bake their own biscuits and make their whipped cream.  The serving is so generous you could call it a meal. Grilled Jerk Chicken Jamaican style with a chef from Jamaica cooking it right in from of you. 

So if you're in the area, stop by Beth's for some of their fresh produce, homemade baked goods, maybe a couple of lobsters, corn if it's in season and don't forget the strawberry shortcake! And if you didn’t plant any tomatoes this year, don’t worry, Beths has you covered. Check back the end of august and they sell 20lb boxes that you can steam can yourself. 

Another great Maine adventure.

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