Farms and Gardens to Visit This Summer
Welcome to the 2012 Daytripping list, an annual MOF&G feature. This year’s farms and gardens feature medicinal herbs, seed saving, horse-drawn wagon rides, hens, chickens, pigs, bees and much more. Please leave pets at home when you visit these farms.
To be included in the 2013 Daytripping list, please contact email@example.com. Thanks!
||Darthia Farm, Gouldsboro
||Fire Flower Garden and Pottery, Thorndike
||Gardens in the Watershed Tour, Rockland and Spruce Head
||Small Wonder Organics, Bowdoinham
||Harvest Moon Produce, W. Paris
||Milkweed Farm, Brunswick
||Pondview Farm, Limington
||Khadighar Farm, Industry – general farm tour
||Kiwihill Farm, Sidney
||Khadighar Farm, Industry – Scatterseed Project tour
||Beau Chemin Preservation Farm, Waldoboro
||Black Creek Farm, Denmark
||Birchwood Motel, Camden
||Easter Orchard Farm, Wells
||Primo Restaurant, Rockland
||Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester
||Sleepy Hollow Farm, Lincolnville
||Uncas Farms/Sheepscot General, Whitefield
||Winterberry Farm, Belgrade
|Tom Vigue with his kiwi plants at Kiwihill Farm in Sidney. Jean English photo.
MILKWEED FARM IN BRUNSWICK, owned by Lucretia and Michael Woodruff, raises vegetables, medicinal and culinary herbs, flowers, chickens, pigs and turkeys. They sell through their small CSA and sell meat, eggs, seedlings and herbs at the local farmers’ market.
Date: July 22
Directions: From Pleasant Hill Rd., go right on Woodside Rd. and then take your second left onto Gott Lane.
Contact: Milkweed Farm, 63 Gott Lane, Brunswick, ME 04011; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.milkweedfarm.net
SABBATHDAY LAKE SHAKER VILLAGE IN NEW GLOUCESTER will open its herb gardens for tours for the first time in many years this summer. Herbalist Betsey-Ann Golon will talk about many aspects of herb culture, including siting, planting, cultivating, harvesting, processing and uses.
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:15 p.m., June, July, August; and Sept. 4, 6, 25, 27.
Fee: $7 adults; $2 children; free under 6. Group rates available; group reservations required. Reservations suggested for all others.
Directions: Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26, New Gloucester, ME.
Contact: Leonard Brooks, 207-926-4597; email@example.com. For information about Shaker Garden internships and workshops, see www.shaker.lib.me.us.
KHADIGHAR IN INDUSTRY, MAINE, is a unique example of veganic gardening – maintaining soil fertility sustainably without animal manures. Molly Thorkildsen and Will Bonsall focus on self-sufficiency, growing a wide range of vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes. Special features include extensive terraces, solar-powered irrigation, intensive (not raised) beds, and the use of ramial chips (chipped branches of deciduous trees).
Dates: July 29, 2 p.m., rain or shine: General Farm Tour – Visitors’ interests usually draw this tour out to 2-1/2 to 3 hours, so plan accordingly.
Aug. 5, 2 p.m., rain or shine: Scatterseed Project – Tour of seed propagation plots, including discussion of pollination control strategies. Many varieties of crops are grown. The discussion includes exploring plant genetic diversity in order to identify varieties that are suited to specific local conditions and uses.
Directions: From Farmington, follow Rt. 43 east to Allens Mills (about 4 miles). Continue on Rt. 43 for another 1-1/2 miles, past Junction 148. Continue on Rt. 43 another 1,000 feet to the first road on the right. Follow signs.
Contact: Khadighar, 39 Bailey Rd., Industry, ME 04938. Tel. 778-3387.
AT DARTHIA FARM IN GOULDSBORO, Bill and Cynthia Thayer and Ivelisse Rivera will have a spinning demonstration, preserve samples, lambs, turkeys, chicks, garden tours, horse-drawn wagon rides, a compost demonstration and lots of other things going on.
Date: Sunday, June 24, 1 to 4 p.m.
Directions: West Bay Rd. off Rte. 1, Gouldsboro
Contact: 207-963-7771; www.Darthiafarm.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
|The herb garden at Primo in Rockland. Jean English photo.
KIWIHILL FARM IN SIDNEY, owned by Tom Vigue and Eileen Fingerman, is a certified organic farm featuring edible landscaping, veganic farming, intensive beds for vegetables, drip irrigation, beans, some grains, an orchard (including kiwis), medicinal herbs, and a hoophouse for season extension. Tom and Eileen make all their own compost and use soil blocks to start seedlings. Their stone house has a stone Finnish counterflow fireplace and an attached, passive solar greenhouse.
Date: Sun., Aug. 5, tour at 1 p.m. promptly, rain or shine
Directions: From Augusta, take Rt. 27 N to Rt. 23. Turn right onto Rt. 23 (Pond Rd.). Go exactly 2.0 miles down Rt. 23. Turn right onto Robinson Rd. Go 0.3 miles, then stay left at fork/mailboxes. Go down the dirt road and follow signs to parking.
Contact: 127 Robinson Rd., Sidney 04330, 547-3000, email@example.com.
WINTERBERRY FARM IN BELGRADE is a horse- and oxen-powered farm that grows flowers and veggies and has two high tunnels for season extending veggie growing.
Dates: Open for tours seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in July and August.
Directions: The farm is on Rt. 27 north in Belgrade, 2 miles north of the Irving gas station (Christy’s).
Contact: Mary Perry, Winterberry Farm, 538 Augusta Rd., Belgrade, ME 04917; 207-495-2593; firstname.lastname@example.org
BIRCHWOOD MOTEL FARMETTE IN CAMDEN, owned and operated by Eric and Jenny Simon, is a Maine-certified Environmental Leader in Lodging incorporating sustainable practices and organic farming with a commitment to providing a more affordable lodging option for visitors to the Camden area. The aim for the organic gardens surrounding the classic roadside motel is to increase self-sufficiency for the motel (providing fruit and eggs for morning baking) and for our family (fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains and medicinals). Features include laying hens; a pond; raised beds for annual vegetables; perennial beds focusing on native medicinals and beneficials and other edible perennials; small-scale resiliency beds of “three sisters” (beans, corn and squash), garlic, potatoes and dry beans; fruit production (strawberries, raspberries, highbush blueberries, peaches, apples, pears); green manure production and composting.
Dates: By appointment on Monday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m., June 4 to July 17. No pets or unattended children, please.
Directions: Located on Rt. 1 in Camden, 1 mile north of the Camden Hills State Park entrance to the Mt. Battie Auto Road across the street from Penobscot Bay.
Contact: Eric and Jenny Simon, 530 Belfast Road (Rt. 1), Camden, ME 04843; 207-236-4204; email@example.com; www.birchwoodmotel.com
|Honey, yarn, knit goods and other products (including pies!) fill the farm stand at Winterberry Farm in Belgrade. Jean English photo.
THE 21ST ANNUAL “GARDENS IN THE WATERSHED” GARDEN TOUR is sponsored by and benefits the Georges River Land Trust. The self-guided tour features seven exceptional country gardens in Rockland and Spruce Head. A gourmet bag lunch is available by pre-order. Tickets are $25 in advance at selected local stores and from the Georges River Land Trust, 8 North Main St., Suite 200, Rockland, ME 04841, 207-594-5166, www.grlt.org – or purchase a $28 ticket at any of the gardens on tour day.
Date: July 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain or shine.
Contact: Linda Arnold, administrative asst., Georges River Land Trust, 207-594-5166;
PRIMO RESTAURANT IN ROCKLAND is a world-class restaurant focusing on using the freshest possible locally sourced ingredients. On site are extensive vegetable, herb and flower gardens, two greenhouses, chickens, pigs and honeybees. The gardens are managed using sustainable, organic and biodynamic practices.
Dates: Garden staff is available for questions and a tour Wednesdays through Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The restaurant is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays in May and June, then Wednesdays through Mondays for the rest of the summer. Guests are welcome to walk through the gardens and greenhouses any time.
Directions: 2 South Main St., Rockland
Contact: 596-0770, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.primorestaurant.com
BEAU CHEMIN PRESERVATION FARM IN WALDOBORO, owned by Wayne and Jo Ann Myers, emphasizes historic livestock, heirloom plants and antique New England spinning wheels. It is MOFGA-certified for plants, hay and ducks. Endangered heritage breeds of livestock include Soay, Shetland, Leicester Longwool and California Variegated Mutant sheep, Oberhasli goats, Suffolk Punch draft horse, and Khaki Campbell, Welsh Harlequin and Dutch Hookbill ducks in addition to an ox and donkey. Farm tours include traditional wool processing techniques, dyeing and spinning, gardens, historic buildings and livestock and self guided woods walks. A seasonal farm stand offers you-pick raspberries, grapes and flowers. Rare wool and yarn are for sale. Self-guided or farmer-guided tours emphasize organic and sustainable agriculture.
Dates: Each Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m., June 15 to Oct. 1. Call or e-mail with specific inquiries.
Directions: Beau Chemin Preservation Farm is on Finntown Rd., off Rt. 1. Beau Chemin Farm signs are on Rt. 1, north- and south-bound. From Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro, travel north on Rt. 1 about 4 miles, having passed the “entering Warren” sign. Finntown Rd. is on the right. From the intersection of Rts. 1 and 90 in Warren, travel south on Rt. 1 about 1-1/2 miles. Finntown Rd. is on the left. Beau Chemin Farm is 3 1/2 miles on Finntown Rd.; look for the farm sign.
Contact: Beau Chemin Preservation Farm; 1749 Finntown Rd., Waldoboro, ME 04572; www.beaucheminfarm.com; email@example.com; cell: 207-691-8164; land line: 207-832-5789.
AT UNCAS FARMS IN WHITEFIELD, Ben Marcus and Taryn Hammer raise vegetable gardens, beef cattle and chickens. They also have a farm store, Sheepscot General, which “is more general than store. We see ourselves as both a collaboration of people interested in promoting the uniqueness of Whitefield, the Sheepscot region, and the state of Maine, wrapped into a country-style store carrying everything we imagine a general store ought to carry.” They are also part of the Sheepscot Valley Multi-Farm CSA.
Dates: The store is open every day but Monday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Directions: Uncas Farms is located at 98 Townhouse Rd., just south of Rt. 126, in Whitefield.
Contact: 98 Townhouse Rd, Whitefield ME 04353; 207-549-5185; www.sheepscotgeneral.com
BLACK CREEK FARM IN DENMARK, owned by Paul, Betsy, John, Alex and Brian Fitzsimmons, is a 38-acre farm between Bridgton and Fryeburg featuring a small cow/calf Black Angus operation currently with four pregnant cows; a beginning rabbitry with eight adult rabbits with litters being raised for pets, meat and fur; four feeder pigs in a large woodland area; Golden Comet laying hens and meat birds; free-range Buff Orpington hens, a beautiful but aggressive to most strangers rooster, and a farm dog. The house garden features a small orchard of apple and pear trees, a cutting flower garden and all kinds of vegetables. Farmer Betsy won second place for potatoes and pumpkins in the 2011 Fryeburg Fair. All family members keep the farm producing. Sunsets are particularly majestic at Black Creek Farm.
Directions: Heading west on Rt. 302, after leaving Bridgton and entering Oxford County, is a blinking light at the crest of a hill. Go left there onto Denmark Rd., then take your first right onto Harnden Rd. After passing Smith Rd. on the left, Black Creek Farm is the first left. Heading east on Rt. 302 after leaving Fryeburg, go right onto Denmark Rd. at the blinking light at the crest of a hill, then follow directions above.
Dates: Please call or email the farmers to arrange a visit.
Contact: 130 Harnden Rd., Denmark, ME 04022; firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-207-452-2235
HARVEST MOON PRODUCE IN WEST PARIS, owned by Paul and Patricia Verrill, is a family farm producing quality vegetables grown by sustainable farming methods.
Date: July 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Directions from north or south: Travel Rt. 26 to West Paris; take Rt. 219 east, go 3.1 miles and turn right onto Tuelltown Rd. Go 1.4 miles and turn left onto Kittridge Brook Rd. (dirt road). Go 0.2 miles and we are on the left. If traveling Rt. 219 from the east, look for Tuelltown Rd. on the left just after the Sumner/West Paris town line.
Contact: 11 Kittridge Brook Rd., West Paris, ME 04289
SMALL WONDER ORGANICS IN BOWDOINHAM is where Pete Engler and Sarah Trask are entering their third year of farming, so visitors will see a relatively new farm that specializes in heirloom tomato culture. The farm is on beautiful Merrymeeting Bay, where many birds can be viewed.
Date: July 22, 1 to 5 p.m. From 1 to 3:30 or 4, enjoy mural painting with Manon Whittlesey on a new CSA shed – a good activity for families. At 2, take the farm tour, followed by tomato tasting. From 3 to 4, enjoy live music and hors d’oeuvres potluck. A second farm tour will occur at 4, followed by tomato tasting.
Directions: The farm is in Bowdoinham, about 2 miles off Rt. 24; it has no physical address. The closest neighbor is at 598 Browns’ Point Rd. (please respect her privacy), and the entrance to the farm is about 50 feet past her mailbox on the right side of the road. A sign marks the entrance to our fields. Please park on the road and walk in to the fields. Please leave dogs at home. Follow the track around a corner to your right, and you will see our fields. Call us if you get lost.
Contact: 837-7425, 737-9142 or email@example.com. To stay up-to-date with the farm, search for “Small Wonder Organics” on Facebook and “like us.”
FIRE FLOWER GARDEN AND POTTERY in Thorndike, a small flower farm owned by Barbara Walch and Charlie Krause and certified organic by MOFGA, features display and propagation perennial gardens and annual cutting gardens, plus a log-built combination sauna, potting shed and greenhouse, on the grounds of a potter’s home and studio. Enjoy Open Garden Day and a Garden Party featuring garden tours, light refreshments using Fire Flower’s own herbs, edible flowers and vegetables, and a kiln opening and pottery demonstrations.
Date: Sunday, July 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Directions: From Rt. 220 take Rt. 139 out of Thorndike toward Brooks, about 2 miles to 33 Knox Station Rd. on your right. We are the first house on the right.
Contact: 33 Knox Station Rd., Thorndike, ME 04986; 568-3736, firstname.lastname@example.org; on Facebook: Fire Flower Garden
SLEEPY HOLLOW FARM in Lincolnville, owned by Wally and Diane O’Brien, is a 40-year venture in living off our 2 acres. Our garden has grown and changed with us, as have the animals we tend. Currently, that’s a flock of chickens – layers and broilers – and two pet geese. We grow vegetables, herbs and flowers using compost and manure. Our c. 1820 loom has sustained us as well, with rag rugs providing extra income for many years.
Dates: Open for visitors “Daily by Chance.” If you’re coming to Lincolnville especially to see us, please call ahead to make sure we’ll be home.
Directions: 217 Beach Rd. (Rt. 173), 1 mile from Rt. 1 and the Lobster Pound restaurant. 789-5987; email@example.com
AT EASTER ORCHARD FARM IN WELLS, farmer Mort Mather raises organic vegetables for Joshua’s Restaurant and Bar in Wells. An acre managed largely with grass clipping mulch provides most of the vegetables for the restaurant in August and September and some vegetables year round – onions and winter squash at the low point in March and April.
Dates: Visitors are welcome. Call 646-7177 in advance to be sure we can welcome you.
Directions: Take the Loop Rd. off 109 in Highpine (about midway between Wells and Sanford) to Bald Hill Rd. We are 1 mile up Bald Hill Rd. on the right.
Contact: 802 Bald Hill Rd., Wells. 646-7177.
AT PONDVIEW FARM IN LIMINGTON, Sue and Mark Faunce raise Scottish Highland cattle for beef and Icelandic sheep for meat, wool, milk and breed stock.
Date: July 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Refreshments and farm tours all day.
Directions: Located on Rt. 25 in Limington, close to the junction of Rt. 117.
Contact: 691 Ossipee Trail, Limington, ME 04049; 207-625-3075; www.pondviewmaine.com; firstname.lastname@example.org