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Explore Maine Farms and Products
Activities like Open Farm Day, Artisan Bread Fair, Wild Blueberry Weekend, Maine Cheese Festival, Open Creamery Day, Maine Wine Trail, Apple Sunday, Fall Fiber Tour & Trail, and Maine Maple Sunday, are ways to connect to Maine farms and farm products. They are fun and educational too!
Did you know?
Ice cream trails: did you know that Maine offers some of the best ice cream in the world!? Enjoy award-winning batches with Maine ingredients from the many scoop shops and stores!
Did you know?
Maine’s wild blueberry growers used more than 46,000 bee hives for the 2020 crop, which is approximately 1.4 BILLION bees!
-Kennebec County Farmer
“As farmers, we have the power to heal. Whether it comes to healthy vegetables or meat, we have the power to make people better, and also to provide them information on what’s good for them.”
Asli Hassan, Fresh Start Farms
“I grew up in a refugee camp. It was always my mom’s dream to farm. My favorite things to grow are carrots and husk cherries because my kids love to eat them.”
Celebrate Dairy Month in June
“I feel fortunate to live and farm in a state that understands how far reaching our farm work is. Our dairies are truly the backbone of our rural communities… I hope we call can think about the dairy farm family connected to our favorite products, and the care and effort that is exerted every day to feed our communities,” — Annie Watson, Sheepscot Valley Farm in Whitefield
Did you know?
Maine currently is home to 176 dairy farms. Ninety-nine percent are family owned, managing approximately 700,000 acres of open space, providing 1,300 direct jobs and supporting another 2,700 positions.
Caitlin Frame, The Milk House
“People sometimes ask me for a list of ingredients, but our yogurt really is just milk and culture. When you start with good milk you don’t have to add anything else.”
Maine is home to an estimated 11 million apple trees, according to the Maine Forest Service.
Maine’s Maple Industry
generates an annual direct contribution to the state’s economy of an estimated $29.8 million in output, 634 full- and part-time jobs, and $16.8 million in labor income.
Michael Bryant, Hilltop Boilers Maple Syrup
“My favorite way to enjoy Maine maple products is with other people, such as the young couple who fell in love with their first maple whoopie pie at our place last week.”
Open Farm Day – the fourth Sunday in July
Farms across Maine invite visitors to their businesses. Bring your questions about agriculture, and your taste for outdoor adventure for this rain or shine activity.
Happy Snowman Alpaca Farm
Main Characteristics: Agritourism Fibers Livestock
Main Characteristics: Fibers Specialty Products
Rockin’ Sheep Farm
Main Characteristics: Eggs Fibers Livestock Meats Specialty Products
Main Characteristics: Fibers