You’ve been to the beach, visited a lighthouse or maybe a museum, hiked one of Maine’s many mountains, shopped Main Street and eaten a lobster (or two). You’ve indulged in all of the pleasure’s Maine has to offer its summer visitors—or so you thought.
Surprising to many visitors is the fact that Maine, while famous for its seafood industry, also has a lively agricultural sector. That’s right, the corn-on-the-cob you ate with your two lobsters was grown as locally as the lobsters were caught! To truly round out your Maine vacation, stop in to one of the local markets—perhaps none in the midcoast area is so widely known as Beth’s Farm Market in Warren, Maine.
It was 1979 when Beth’s Farm Market debuted as a roadside refrigerator stuffed with 25 ears of corn. At the time, Beth and her husband “decided to grow a little corn”to help pay off college expenses. With each new season, the farm market expanded and quickly became too big a business for just one refrigerator. Now more than 30 years later, Beth’s is a building that has the humble charm and simplicity of an overgrown farm stand. Today Beth’s boasts much more than corn; the market has over 50 produce items available, all of which are grown right on the farm. From rich vegetables like spinach, tomatoes, lettuce and squash to sweet fruits like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and apples, the farm market has something to offer in nearly every season.
Beth’s Farm Market can also accommodate those visitors who don’t have a particular preference for wholesome foods. As they expanded, the farm market also included a bakery that makes fresh goodies every day, including strawberry shortcake, blueberry bread, specialty breads, biscuits, jams, juices and even whoopie pies and donuts galore! More than that, the farm market has its own greenhouse and has partnered with small local businesses to feature items that the market doesn’t produce, like homemade soap and maple syrup.
While you may have indulged in the pleasures that Maine openly advertises, also make sure to embrace the ones that it doesn’t. After all, those two lobsters wouldn’t have tasted nearly as good with out the corn-on-the-cob to go with them. Get your farm-grown food at Beth’s Farm Market this summer.