Finding fresh, local vegetables, meat and eggs can be as easy as visiting the neighbor down the road.
From Penobscot to Blue Hill to Stonington, small, often organic, farms are a way of life for the families that run them and a source of fresh, local food for everyone.
While farmers bring their freshest fare to outdoor markets all summer long, most farmers markets close after Labor Day. Yet some of those farmers run farm stands or stores that stay open into November; some are open year-round.
Many run on the honor system; if no one is home or out in the barn or field, just write what you’ve purchased and put your money in the box.
Other farms offer winter CSAs (community supported agriculture), where you can pre-pay for weekly fall and winter vegetables.
Homewood Farm, 118 Ackley Farm Road, 374-9903. Produce, daily 7 a.m.-7 p.m., to early November.
Old Ackley Farm, 42 Ackley Farm Rd., 374-5919. Year-round, produce, certified organic eggs, chicken and beef, daily dawn to dusk.
Five Star Nursery, 853 Bay Rd., 359-2282. Open to mid- or late-November, certified/organic cider, raw vinegar, apples and other fruit, daily 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Poland Family Farm, 266-0672, firstname.lastname@example.org. Pasture-fed pork, and beef; certified organic hay; year-round by phone or email.
Bagaduce Farm, 326-8624, bagaduce
<. Organically raised pork, milk, duck and quail eggs, caramels, soap and lard; Oct. 19-May 24 ,10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Yellow Birch Farm, 73 Reach Rd., email@example.com. Certified organic produce; goat cheese, yogurt, goat milk caramel sauce. Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., self serve, through Columbus Day or longer. Call for information on winter CSA.
Horsepower Farm, Rte. 15, 374-5273. Open year-round, sells MOFGA certified produce and meat, with storage crops in the winter. Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Quill’s End Farm, 192 Front Ridge Rd., 326-9082. Open year-round, sells organic pasture-fed dairy, eggs and meat. Open daily dusk to dawn.
Morgan Bay Farm, 668 Morgan Bay Rd., 266-2853, firstname.lastname@example.org. Fresh vegetables, small fruits, elderberries, herbs, cut flowers, seedlings. Local ice cream, preserves and crafts. Wed.-Sat., 1-6 p.m., through October. Farm stand and CSA.
If you can’t make it to your local farm, you can still find fresh local produce and goods at FarmDrop, an online farmers market (farmdrop.org), the Local Food Exchange at Mainescape in Blue Hill (open Fridays 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; check their Facebook page for winter schedule updates) and the Blue Hill Co-op and TradeWinds Market Place in Blue Hill.