||Fire Flower Garden and Pottery, Thorndike
||Darthia Farm, Gouldsboro
||Three Streams Farm, Belfast
||Balfour Farm, Pittsfield
Pondview Farm, Limington
||Khadighar, Industry – General Farm Tour
||Khadighar, Industry – Scatterseed Project Tour
Kiwihill Farm, Sidney
||Eastport Kitchen Gardens Tour, Eastport
||Balfour Farm, Pittsfield
|Beau Chemin Preservation Farm, Waldoboro
Birchwood Motel Farmette, Camden
Common Road Farm, Union
Easter Orchard Farm, Wells
Edgewater Farm, Phippsburg
Fire Flower Garden and Pottery, Thorndike
Primo Restaurant, Rockland
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester
Spinnakees Fiber Farm, Augusta
Winterberry Farm, Belgrade
Welcome to the 2013 Daytripping list, an annual MOF&G feature. This year’s farms and gardens feature medicinal herbs, seed saving, horse-drawn wagon rides, a spinning demonstration, two restaurant gardens, hens, chickens, pigs, rabbits and much more. Please leave pets at home when you visit these farms.
To be included in the 2014 Daytripping list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
SABBATHDAY LAKE SHAKER VILLAGE IN NEW GLOUCESTER will open its herb gardens for tours this summer. Herbalist Betsey-Ann Golon will talk about many aspects of herb culture, including siting, planting, cultivating, harvesting, processing and uses. For information about Shaker Village Herb Garden internships, contact the village for a free program flyer.
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:15 p.m., June-July-August. Fees: $7 – adults; $2 – children; free under 6. Group rates available; group reservations required. Reservations suggested for all others.
Directions: Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is on Route 26, New Gloucester, Maine. GPS: 707 Shaker Rd., New Gloucester, ME 04260.
Contact: (207) 926-4597 email@example.com
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 28, 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. 4, 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 lots going on, including a spinning demonstration, preserve samples, lambs, turkeys, chicks, garden tours, horse-drawn wagon rides and a compost demonstration.
Sunday, June 23, 1 to 4 p.m.
Directions: On West Bay Rd. off Rt. 1, Gouldsboro
Contact: www.Darthiafarm.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; 207-963-7771
|Part of one garden at Kiwihill Farm in Sidney. English photo.
KIWIHILL FARM IN SIDNEY, owned by Tom Vigue and Eileen Fingerman, is a certified organic farm featuring edible landscaping, intensive vegetable beds and a very active composting system. Here’s what you will see: demonstration of making and using soil blocks for seedling starting; three types of compost making; several trellis systems for annual crops as well as perennial vines; a uniquely adapted walk-behind tractor; drip irrigation; some unique crops including kiwis, Cornelian cherries, chestnuts, grain amaranth; an owner-built stone house including a stone Finnish contra-flow masonry heater, a root cellar and an attached passive solar greenhouse.
Date: Sunday, August 4, rain or shine. Tour begins promptly at 1 p.m. and takes about three hours.
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
SPINNAKEES FIBER FARM IN AUGUSTA is owned Betty Stover. Visit Olde English “Babydoll” Southdown sheep, Cochen chickens and German Angora rabbits. Bring your questions and ideas to a work tour that involves feeding sheep, rabbits and chickens; cleaning an area around the farm (lambing area, under rabbit cages, etc.); sorting, cleaning and drying fleece; checking out a ram’s setup; and getting a feel for the work and fun involved in caring for farm animals. The farm shop has yarns, roving, kits, needle felting, rug hooking and locker hooking supplies, knitting needles and mohair. Mini-classes are available for $15 (fiber included) in spinning, drum carding, needle felting, locker hooking, rug hooking and tool demonstrations.
Dates: Work tours at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month starting May 25. Wear barn boots (able to be dipped in bleach solution for biosecurity).
Directions: 1180 Tasker Rd., Augusta. Tasker Rd. is off Route 105, about 5 miles east of Augusta. See the map at www.spinnakeesfarm.com;
WINTERBERRY FARM IN BELGRADE is a small-scale, diversified, organic family farm that grows flowers and veggies, has two high tunnels for season extending veggie growing, and raises sheep for wool, chickens for meat and eggs, turkeys and pigs. Farm-created goods for sale at the farm stand include wool, socks, pies, breads and other baked goods, soups, pot pies and preserves. Fun and informative tours include the vegetable gardens, greenhouses and flower and herb gardens and may include many fun activities – even a turn at the rope swing.
Dates: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., in July and August. Call or email ahead if you would like.
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 striving to provide sustainable and affordable lodging options for visitors to the Camden area. The aim for the organic-driven gardens surrounding the classic roadside motel is to increase self-sufficiency for the motel (providing fruit and eggs for morning baking) and for the 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; 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 throughout the season. 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
COMMON ROAD FARM IN UNION (formerly the Stand on Common Road), owned by David and Kathy Felch, specializes in gourmet and nematode-free seed garlic, cherry tomatoes, bibb lettuces and edamame. The farmers grow other mixed vegetables for summer camps, restaurants and co-ops. They expect to be MOFGA certified organic by July. See garlic harvesting on a large scale from mid-July through August 10.
Dates: Monday through Saturday, mid-July through August 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. are the best times to visit. Sundays by appointment. Please call ahead, regardless of the day you want to visit.
Directions: See Google Maps for the location. The garden is about 1/4 mile from the house.
Contact: 437 Common Road, Union Maine; 785-2167 or 790-0803.
GEORGES RIVER LAND TRUST’S 22nd annual Gardens in the Watershed tour, sponsored by and to benefit the Georges River Land Trust. Featuring seven country gardens in Hope, Montville and Union, with the theme this year of sustainable living and agriculture in local farms and garden businesses in the Georges River watershed. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 on tour day. A gourmet bag lunch will be available by pre-order. Proceeds from the tour support the work of the Land Trust, which is to conserve the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region through permanent land protection, stewardship, education and outdoor experiences.
July 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets and brochures for this self-guided tour are available at selected local stores and from the Georges River Land Trust
Contact: Linda Arnold, Georges River Land Trust, 8 North Main Street, Suite 200, Rockland, ME 04841; 207- 594-5166, www.georgesriver.org; firstname.lastname@example.org
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, ducks and honeybees. The gardens are managed using sustainable practices, including intensive cover cropping rotations.
Dates: Garden staff 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, email@example.com, 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 organic 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.beaucheminpreservationfarm.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; cell: 207-691-8164; land line: 207-832-5789.
EDGEWATER FARM IN PHIPPSBURG, owned by Bill and Carol Emerson, has a small commercial farm on site; a Soup Kitchen Garden; private perennial, vegetable, herb and fruit gardens; hoophouse greenhouses; and chickens. Off site at the Phippsburg Elementary School (PES) on Rt. 209 is the “Amazing PES Kids’ Garden,” under Carol’s supervision. Here people can walk the paths through whimsically shaped raised beds; and possibly see a "fairy/hobbit" house storage shed, a garden stand for occasionally selling produce and flower bouquets, and a hoophouse. EdgeWater is 5 minutes by car to Popham Beach; the Morse Mountain/Seawall Beach Trail is 1/2 mile away; and five restaurants are in the area, ranging from casual beach restaurants to resort elegant, all with water views.
Date: Call ahead for a garden tour and/or to stay at the B&B. Farmers' rates mid-week and off-season.
Directions: 71 Small Point Rd., Rt. 216, Phippsburg, 12 miles due south of Bath
Contact: Bill and Carol Emerson, 389-1322 or toll free 877-389-1322
BALFOUR FARM IN PITTSFIELD is a certified organic dairy and farmstead creamery with a new farm stand. The main focus of the farm is to provide quality fresh milk, yogurt and cheeses to the community, with an emphasis on eating locally. The cows are a mix of Normande, Red and White Holstein, and Jersey. Normande, a dual-purpose breed, can be used for milking and beef. The cows are fed primarily a grass-based diet, including rotational grazing on the 100-acre farm. Balfour farm is also home to several dozen laying hens and a couple of pigs.
Dates: Visitors welcome during Open Farm Day, Sunday, July 21, and Open Creamery Day, Sunday, October 13. We are opening a farm stand this summer, so someone will be around, but please call ahead to schedule in-depth visits.
Directions: From the north, take I-95 to Exit 150: Pittsfield/Somerset Ave. At the end of the ramp, go right onto Somerset Ave. Take the first left onto Crawford Rd., about half a mile. Go right onto Webb Rd. at the 'T' intersection at the end of Crawford Rd. Balfour Farm is about 1.5 miles down Webb Rd. It is a large white farmhouse with a red barn and green coverall barn.
From the south, take I-95 to Exit 150: Pittsfield/Somerset Ave. At the end of the ramp, take a left onto Somerset Ave. Then follow directions above.
Contact: Doug and Heather Donahue, Balfour Farm, 461 Webb Rd., Pittsfield, ME 04967; (207) 213-3159; email@example.com; www.balfourfarmdairy.com
|A Monet-like garden at Fire Flower Garden and Pottery in Thorndike. English photo.
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.
Date: June 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open other days by chance.
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
AT THREE STREAMS FARM IN BELFAST, Shana Hanson’s tour will include woodland herbs and fodder trees for place-based milk, honeycomb grazing rotation using stainless wire (the paddocks are hexagonal), near-ripe winter wheat and dry peas, weeds as vegetables, wild mushroom identification and a breakfast fruit harvest.
Date: Wed., July 10, 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. followed by fruit and pancakes from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Call to let Shana know you’re coming.
Directions: The farm is on the Back Belmont Rd. in Belfast, halfway between Jesse Robbins Rd. and the big power line. Look for a rusty mailbox with a hand-painted, cabin-shaped, peaked-roof counseling sign mounted on it, on the north side of the road. Follow the gravel drive.
Contact: 338-8980. Call if you are coming.
EASTPORT KITCHEN GARDENS TOUR – Six Eastport kitchen gardens will be on tour showcasing a range of styles to inspire gardeners of all abilities. Tickets are $3 per person to tour all six gardens and are available with maps at Peavey Memorial Library, downtown Eastport at the corner of Water and Key streets.
Date: Sunday, August 18, 1-4 p.m.; rain date: Sunday, August 25, 1-4 p.m.
Contact: A tour volunteer at 207-853-4528 or visit Facebook page "Eastport Kitchen Gardens Alliance."
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 21, 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;