On 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2021, The Maine Organic Marketplace will celebrate its grand opening. The marketplace is located at 55 Main Street in Freeport, Maine, and is a project of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). “What started as a pop-up store in the winter of 2020 has now grown into a permanent marketplace offering an outlet for sustainably sourced and organic Maine-made goods,” says MOFGA Executive Director Sarah Alexander. “Opening is the next step in our work to create a healthy and fair food system and thriving communities in Maine by offering a year-round outlet for Common Ground Country Fair vendors and certified organic producers.”
The marketplace currently supports over 50 Maine-based small businesses and offers a diverse array of products ranging from kitchen goods, organic products, clothing and textiles, home goods, jewelry, body care products, books and much more. Additionally, there is a classroom space that is used to host community events.
Several state officials will attend and offer remarks at the event, including Gov. Janet Mills. Representatives from the town of Freeport, Freeport Chamber of Commerce and Visit Freeport will also be on hand.
The marketplace is located in the Bartol Library building, and the town of Freeport has been an integral partner in the store’s evolution. “The town of Freeport has been so welcoming and the response to this unique and authentic space has been very positive,” says Lucy Cayard, store manager. “We look forward to welcoming shoppers who are looking for local sustainably sourced and organic products.”
Press planning to attend should contact Katy Green, MOFGA communications and outreach director, at 207-505-5115 or [email protected].