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Farms & Gardens to Visit

What’s happening at The Good Life Center, the last homestead of Helen and Scott Nearing? What’s growing now on land once occupied by Maine’s first fish hatchery? How do organic growers raise strawberries without using synthetic pesticides? How can you raise melons in Somerset County or woody ornamentals on ledge in Lincolnville? These are just some of the highlights of the 1998 listing of farms and gardens that MOFGA members and friends will open for a tour, a day or longer this summer.

Many of the farms and gardens included in this list are organic; some are commercial; some are homesteads. Most have scheduled a specific day for visits, and most require no advance notice of your visit. Just follow the directions — the DeLorme Maine Atlas and Gazetteer is helpful – and enjoy finding out how others grow their crops and raise their animals. Bring the family, bring a picnic, but please leave the dog at home.

If you are interested in showing your farm or garden next year, please send a note to Jean English, Editor, The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, RR 2 Box 594, Lincolnville ME 04849.

ANDROSCOGGIN COUNTY

NEZINSCOT FARM IN TURNER, owned by Gregg and Gloria Varney, specializes in organic meats, vege­tables and cheese. These items are sold at Nezinscot’s farm store, which also carries a full line of natural foods and is open all year. Value-added products are sold at the store as well, luncheons are served, and a large array of freshly baked breads and goodies is available. Baby animals can be petted.

Date: Open seven days a week, Mon. through Fri. 6 to 6; weekends 8 to 5.

Directions: Go North on Route 117 from Route 4 for 1 mile. Nezinscot is the first farm you come to and has a white barn with red trim on the right and a house and store on the left.. It’s midway between Turner Center and Turner Village.

Address: RR 2 Box 1311, Turner ME 04282; Tel. 225-3231.


AROOSTOOK COUNTY

WOODPRAIRIE FARM IN BRIDGEWATER is a 110-acre, MOFGA-certified organic farm with 45 acres in rotated cropland. Jim and Megan Gerritsen and their family raise certified seed and tablestock potatoes, carrots, vegetables, milling grain (wheat, oats, rye, spelt and corn) and hay. The Gerritsens market their crops through a mail order catalog and wholesale to mail order seed companies and natural food stores.

Date: July 26, in conjunction with Open Farm Day. A walking tour will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Directions: From Bridgewater, at the big white school and church, take the West Road for 3 miles to a “T” and turn left. The farm is 1/3 mile in on the right. The mailbox says Gerritsen, but the farm is 600 yards further in.

Address: WoodPrairie Farm, 49 Kinney Rd., Bridgewater ME 04735. Tel. 429-9765.


FRANKLIN COUNTY

KHADIGAR IN INDUSTRY is well known for the impeccable gardens and seed saving efforts of Molly Thorkildsen and Will Bonsall. This veganic family farm focuses on intensive, self-sufficient food production.

Dates: Sunday, June 28, 2 p.m., rain or shine — Demonstration of veganic composting and explanation of veganic farming, a system that relies directly on haylands and forests to generate soil fertility much more efficiently than animal manures. The method is not exclusively for vegans, but can be used in conjunction with keeping livestock.

Sunday, July 19, 2 p.m., rain or shine – Khadigar General Farm Tour. Features 1/2 acre of terraced slopes in intensive beds, companion and succession planting to a great diversity of grains, legumes and vegetables (plus many permacrops), fertilized only with farm- made veganic compost and mulched with shredded leaves. Self-sufficiency oriented.

Sunday, August 2, 2 p.m., rain or shine — Scatterseed Project. Tour of seed propagation plots and screenhouse, including discussion of pollination control strategies. Each grow- out includes over 600 potato varieties and 300 pea varieties, plus many hundreds of varieties of other crops. Focuses on exploring plant genetic diversity in order to identify varieties that are uniquely suited to specific local conditions and uses.

Directions: From Farmington, follow Route 43 east to Allens Mills (about 4 miles). Continue on Route 43 another 11/2 miles, past Junction 148. Continue on Route 43 another 1000 feet to the first road on the right. Follow signs.

Address: Khadigar, Box 1167, Farmington (Industry), ME 04838. Phone 778-3387.


HANCOCK COUNTY

THE GOOD LIFE CENTER: FOREST FARM, IN HARBORSIDE, the last homestead of Scott and Helen Nearing, is maintained by Resident Stewards Jen Jones and Jake Kennedy. It is now a nonprofit organization founded to perpetuate the philoso­phies and lifeways of the Nearings, two of America’s most inspirational practitioners of simple and purposeful living. Guided by the principles of kindness, respect and compassion in relationships with natural and human communities, the Good Life Center promotes active participation in the advancement of social justice, creative integration of the life of the mind, body and spirit, and deliberate choice in living responsibly and harmo­niously in an increasingly complex world. Originally founded by the Trust for Public Land, the Good Life Center is an independent organiza­tion supported by revenue derived from book sales and philanthropy. Visitors can tour the Nearings’ organic gardens and their last hand- built stone home. Nearing publi­cations are for sale.

Dates: The farm is open from Thursdays through Tuesdays from 1 to 5 p.m., or by appointment on Wednesdays. Group Tours are welcome — please arrange them with the Resident Stewards.

Monday night meetings begin at 7 p.m. and include:

June 1 – Sister Lucy Poulin, Founder and Director of H.O.M.E. (Home­workers Organized for More Employ­ment) — Human Beings in a Sustainable Economy

June 8 – Ruth Robinson, Journalist and Homesteader — A New Look at the Have-More Plan

June 15 – Chuck Matthei, Founder and Director, Equity Trust — Gaining Ground: Acquiring and Preserving Land for Good Lives

June 22 – Gary Lawless, Poet — The Land Tells Us Who We Are

June 29 – Robin & Tom Schmidt, Organic Gardeners and Sustainable Living Advocates — A Discussion of Life Choices Leading to Living More Simply

July 6 – Peter & Elka Schumann, Director and Manager, Bread and Puppet Theater — Social Justice and Theater and The First Mrs. Nearing

July 13 – Eliot Coleman & Barbara Damrosch, Organic Market Gardeners and Authors — Real Food

July 20 – Kate & Rob Williams, Teachers and Musician — Educating for the Good Life in Our Schools: Experiences, Music and Reflections

July 27 – Kirkpatric Sale, Author — The Role of Technology in Simple Living

August 3 – Linda Tatelbaum, Homesteader, Author, Teacher — Women and Homesteading

August 10 – Rudy Haase, Founder, Friends of Nature — Richard St. Barbe Baker, Man of the Trees

August 17 – William Coperthwaite, Director, The Yurt Foundation — Elegant Simplicity in Utilitarian Folk Design

August 24 – Lewis Randa, Founder & Director, The Life Experience School and The Peace Abbey — Pacifism and Ethical Vegetarianism

August 31 – Will Raap, Founder, Gardener’s Supply Co. and The Intervale Foundation — Intervale: Community Agriculture in Vermont

Sept. 7 – Lu Bauer, CPA, The New Road Map Foundation Speakers Bureau — Work, Time, Money — How Much is Enough?

Sept. 14 Polly Bennell & Andrea Sarris, Filmmakers — Helen Nearing: Conscious Living, Conscious Dying — A Work in Progress

Directions: From Bucksport, turn right onto Rt. 15. In 2 or 3 miles, turn right onto Rt. 199 at the cemetery. At the T near the Brooksville Town Hall, turn left onto Rt. 175 toward Brooksville. Stay on Rt. 175 through South Penobscot. In about 3.5 miles, turn right onto Rt. 176 West/175 South toward Brooksville. Go over the bridge, turn right on Rt. 176 West toward South and West Brooksville. Following Rt. 176, turn right onto Cape Rosier Rd. when you see a small green sign saying Cape Rosier. * Follow Cape Rosier Rd. to a T intersection at the Rosier/Rainbow #203 Grange Hall. Turn right at the Grange Hall and drive about 2 miles to a T intersection in Harborside. Turn left toward Orr’s Cove. Follow this road (which will turn to dirt) for about 2 miles around to Forest Farm, which you will recognize by a big brown mailbox at the top of a little hill, and the presence of Orr Cove, visible from the road at this point.

From Blue Hill, follow Route 15/176 out of town toward Brooksville. At the next T intersection, turn left onto Rt. 15 South. In a few miles, turn right onto Route 175 at the sign for Brooksville. Follow Rt. 176 out of Brooksville, toward South Brooksville and Buck’s Harbor. (Essentially the same road you were on.) After several miles on Rt. 176, turn left at the cluster of signs indicating Holbrook Island Sanctuary, Hiram Black Camp, and Cape Rosier. Follow directions from * above.

Address: The Good Life Center, Box 11, Harborside ME 04642; Tel. 326-8211, or John Saltmarsh, Chair, Board of the Good Life Center, 19 Mathews Dr., Wayland, MA 01778; Tel. 617-373-3407.


KENNEBEC COUNTY

JOHNNY’S SELECTED SEEDS OF ALBION is well known through its catalog that caters to gardeners and farmers in the Northeast. At the Open House, Johnny’s trial gardens will display flowers, herbs and vegetables at their peak times. Technical representatives will be on hand for guided tours through the trials and to answer questions. A full day of activities includes guest lecturers and entertainment for the family. Pack a picnic, bring the family and plan on having a great time.

Date: Saturday, August 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about events to be held throughout the day, call Johnny’s at 437-4301. In addition, guided tours are available weekdays in July and August at 2 p.m., or you can take a self-guided tour Monday through Saturday between 8:30 and 5 from May through October.

Directions: From Route 137 (China Road), take Garland Road 31/2 miles to Albion Road. Go right on Albion Road for 41/2 miles to Foss Hill Road. Johnny’s is 1/2 mile up the road on the right. Look for signs.

Address: Foss Hill Road, Albion ME 04910-9731. Tel. 437-4301; Fax 437-2165.

MOOAR HILL FARM & GREENHOUSES IN MOUNT VERNON features many varieties of seedlings in the spring, all grown by owners John and Michele Pino. By summer, John and Michele are raising vegetables and flowers outdoors and have perennials for sale. They garden throughout the winter in unheated greenhouses.

Date: June 28

Directions: Take Rt. 27 north from Augusta to Castle Island Rd. in Belgrade, then follow signs.

Address: RR 1 Box 5510, Mt. Vernon ME 04352; Tel. 293-2268.


KNOX COUNTY

AVENA INSTITUTE IN WEST ROCKPORT is a nonprofit, land-based educational center started by Deb Soule. It offers programs on medicinal herbs, homeopathy, organic and biodynamic gardening, ethnobotany, native and endangered medicinal herbs, and herbal and homeopathic care of animals. Avena is in a unique setting, consisting of 28 acres of fields and woods that border a 6000-acre protected wetland. In 1997, Deb and others at Avena began planting a lovely garden with over 125 species of medicinal herbs. This garden is open to the public on Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m., from June through early October. The purpose of this garden is to offer students and visitors a beautiful, quiet and restful environment in which to become more familiar with medicinal herbs. This year visitors will find a welcome station at the entrance to the garden with information about what herbs are being planted or harvested in the garden that week, along with a pamphlet listing the common and Latin names, family names, country of origin and herbal, homeopathic or ethnobotanical uses of the plants growing in the garden. This spring, a native woodland garden, including many medicinal plants that are becoming endangered, was planted along the north wall of the farmhouse

Dates: Wednesday afternoons, 1 to 4 p.m., June through early October.

Many special events are scheduled at Avena this summer and fall. For more information, consult the Calendar of Events in this issue of The MOF&G or contact Avena.

Directions: From the traffic light on Route 1 in Rockport, go west on Route 90, through the junction of Route 17. After a pond on the left, go left onto Mill Street. Avena is about a mile up the road on the right, at 219 Mill Street.

Address: Avena Institute, 219 Mill St., Rockport, ME 04856. Tel. 594-0694; Fax 594- 2975.

THE GEORGES RIVER LAND TRUST 7th Annual Tour, “Gardens in the Watershed,” includes six gardens in Thomaston, Cushing and St. George, with lectures at three sites. Tickets and maps/brochures are on sale at area bookstores or by mail from the Georges River Land Trust, 328 Main St., Rockland ME 04841. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the tour.

Date: Sunday, July 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine


LINCOLN COUNTY

ANNIVERSARY FARM IN ALNA is a 43-acre organic farm growing vegetables, herbs and flowers and owned by Ellin and Stephen Sheehy. It is the site of the first fish hatchery in Maine and possibly in the country, and remnants are still visible. The farm stand features fresh fruits and vegetables as well as prepared foods, gifts and gourmet items. Gardens are open for strolling. Tea is served on the porch by reservation. Ellin and Stephen emphasize organic gardening and edible landscaping for the home gardener. Their farm also offers Bed-and-Breakfast accommodations.

Date: July 26, Open Farm Day. Special events planned for this day, from 10 to 2, include composting demonstrations and organic methods for small gardens. The farm is open from Memorial Day until mid-September, from 10 to 7, from Tuesday to Saturday. The Tea Room is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 3:30 to 5:30 or by reservation. Strollers are welcome during open hours.

Directions: Anniversary Farm is located on the Alna/Whitefield line, 9 1/2 miles on the left from Route 1 in Wiscasset on Route 218. From Augusta, take Route 17 to Route 218; the farm is about 12 miles on the right.

Address: 2282 Alna Rd. (Rt. 218), Alna ME 04535; Tel. 586-5590; e-mail annfarm@ime.net

HIDDEN VALLEY FARM IN ALNA, owned by Bambi Jones and David Moskovitz, is an organic Community Supported Agriculture project, with vegetables raised for members who share in the produce throughout the growing season. The farm has 5 acres in vegetables and 15 acres in hay and pastures and a 400-acre woodlot. Visitors will also see greenhouses, a compost operation, pigs, chickens and cows. Registered Maine Guide Gary Hayward of Just for the Fun of It Guide Service will also attend with his llamas.

Date: Saturday, July 12, 2 to 5 p.m.

Directions: From Wiscasset go north on Rt. 218. At Alna Store bear right on Dock Rd. At stop sign at Alna Post Office (Route 194) go left. In 1/2 mile at the “Stitch and Design” sign, turn right on Hollywood Blvd., go 2 miles, farm is on the right. Or from the intersection of Rt. 218 and 194 in Whitefield, go east on 194 for 2 miles where the pavement takes a right hand turn at South Fowles Rd. (“Beane’s Meat Cutting” sign). Turn left onto dirt road at South Fowles Rd., stay right at the fork. Farm is on the left 1 mile from Route 194. Driveway is directly across from black and white painted utility pole.

Address: Hollywood Blvd., Alna ME 04535. Tel. 586-5837.

MORRIS FARM IN WISCASSET is a 60-acre farm, mostly hayfields and pasture land, including a pond, waterfall, small woodlot, barn and farmhouse. It is owned by The Morris Farm Trust, a nonprofit corporation formed by midcoast Maine citizens, and is supported by its membership, Friends of the Morris Farm, and by foundations and fundraising events. The Trust promotes a local farm and landscape that provides food, education, recreation and pride in midcoast Maine. Sustainable techniques and consumption of locally grown food are promoted, as is the value of hand labor. Morris Farm also offers a summer camp for children ages 6 to 12.

Dates: June 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Morris Farm Store Grand Opening and Barn Open House. Join Morris Farm members in celebrating the opening of this one-of-a-kind, year- round store that builds the local economy as it provides quality, locally grown, fresh and preserved farm products. Visit with farm animals, taste free samples, hope for door prizes and more. Tour the newly renovated Morris Farm Barn, with a new basement, attached greenhouse and education center.

June 27, Weekly Morris Farm Tours begin. Take a relaxing hour-long walk on the Morris Farm. Visit vegetable gardens and pasture-raised animals and learn about farming techniques that are kind to the land and to your taste buds. 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Wednesdays from June 27 to August 22. Suggested donation $5 per person, under 18 free.

July 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Open Farm Day. Tours will focus on how the grazing of the farm’s poultry and 17 Jersey cows is managed to improve pastures and protect the surrounding environment. Guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; self-guided tours also. Free.

August 8, 10 a.m. to noon, Garden soil Improvement Workshop. Improve your harvest next year by sowing soil-protecting and enhancing grasses and legumes this summer and fall. $7. Please call by Aug. 13 to reserve a spot.

August 15, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Summer Harvest Celebration. Celebrate the bounty of the summer harvest. Come for judging of a cook-off of in-season foods and dine on the entrees and all the fixings of a summer farm feast, from corn on the cob to watermelon. Old-time farm games for children start at 5 p.m. A pie auction to benefit the farm’s educational programs will cap off the evening. Suggested donation: $10 for adults; $4 for 12 and under.

September 15, 10 a.m. to noon, Grazing and Watersheds Pasture Walk. Grazing cattle receive much blame for damaging watersheds in the American West, yet vast herds of bison once roamed the prairies without causing long-term damage. What explains this riddle? During this pasture walk, learn how cattle can be profitably managed on pastures and rangelands to protect and improve the land and watershed. $5, under 18 free. Call by Sept. 13 to reserve a spot.

Directions: The Morris Farm sits just north of the Wiscasset Primary School on Route 27, 3/4 mile north of Route 1 and the center of Wiscasset.

Address: The Morris Farm Trust, P.O. Box 136, Wiscasset ME 04578; Tel. 882-4080.

SAND HILL FARM IN SOMERVILLE is featured in this issue of The MOF&G and is managed by Shaun Keenan and Benji Knisley. It is a diversified organic farm with U-Pick strawberries, winter wheat, mixed vegetables and hay. It will be near the end of the U-Pick season on July 12, but customers may still be picking. Call for an update on the crop if you’re interested in picking. Self-guided tours of the farm include fields, kitchen gardens, barns, pine woods, sheep and chickens. On a clear day, Sand Hill’s “sky field” offers views of the Western Maine and New Hampshire mountains.

Date: Sunday, July 12, 2 to 5 p.m. (Same day as the nearby F&A farm in Waldo County.)

Directions: Sand Hill Farm is located 1.3 miles north of Route 105 on Sand Hill Road. Route 105 runs east/west through Somerville. If you are at the Somerville School on 105, go left out of the parking lot, and Sand Hill Road will be your first right. Follow Sand Hill Road 1.3 miles to Sand Hill Farm. (If the U-Pick operation is still going, you’ll be able to follow the U-Pick strawberry signs from Route 105, Route 17 or Route 3.)


SOMERSET COUNTY

At LINDEN RIDGE FARM in St. Albans, Jill and Peter deBethune grow all of their own vegetables and flowers, often dozens of varieties of such things as peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, corn, potatoes, beans, etc. They also have three hundred 8-year-old raspberry plants in four varieties. Their main “hobby,” however, is melons. “We do trials for Fedco, and this year we hope to grow an heirloom seed crop for Fedco. We will have probably about 30 varieties in the field this year, including French charentais, cantaloupe, muskmelon, honeydew, crenshaw, tropical melons, and watermelons in many colors.” They have developed a system using peat pots, black plastic, hoops and row covers, irrigation and mulch to raise these melons. “Anyone who wants to see the young plants out in the garden under row covers may come by on Sunday, June 28,” they say. (They are trying a new cotton row cover this year.) To see the mature plants in production (and to taste and purchase melons), the farm will be open to visitors on Labor Day.

Dates: June 28 and Sept. 7. Call ahead.

Directions: 1 mile up Bigelow Rd. on the left.

Address: P.O. Box 1, St. Albans, ME 04971; Tel. 938-2094.

 

WALDO COUNTY

ENTWOOD FARM & NURSERY IN BURNHAM is a nursery for zone 4-hardy trees, shrubs and perennials. Ernie Glabau and Bianca St. Louis tend herb gardens, a bonsai greenhouse, and nursery stock in containers and in the ground. Butterfly gardens attract a wide variety of butterflies. An herb shop features an herbal apothecary and gift shop as well as culinary herbs and vinegars, and flower and herb bouquets in summer.

Dates: Fridays through Mondays, 10 to 4.

Directions: From Unity, take Prairie Rd. off Route 137 for approximately 3.3 miles; the farm is on the right. From Pittsfield, take Peltoma Ave. (by MCI) approximately 11 miles (through two intersections); the farm is on the left.

Address: South Horseback Rd., Burnham; Tel. 948-3281.

F&A FARM IN PALERMO raises certified organic garlic and lots of flowers and vegetables. Owner Jamie Graeger was featured in the March 1998 issue of The MOF&G and is well known for the “boatload of garlic” that he brings to the Common Ground Country Fair. He also has a Belgian draft horse, sheep and goats.

Date: Sunday, July 12, after 2 p.m. (Same day as Sand Hill Farm in Lincoln County, which is only 4 miles away.)

Directions: Go 22 miles on Route 3 from either Belfast or Augusta, then go south on Benton Road for 21/2 miles. The first drive on the left after the pavement ends is Jamie’s farm. A black mailbox marks the driveway. You can’t see the house from the road.

KELMSCOTT FARM IN LINCOLNVILLE was established in 1993 by the Metcalfe family to promote the preservation of rare breeds and provide educational programs about farming. Here you will see a Shire horse; Gloucester Old Spots pigs; Kerry cattle; Jacob, Cotswold, Shetland and Katahdin sheep; dwarf Nigerian goats; a Dartmoor pony; and a variety of rare poultry breeds, as well as a garden of heirloom varieties and a farm shop and museum. A limited edition line of classic English woolen products, including skeins of natural Cotswold wool, handloomed scarves, wool-filled duvets, blankets, felted hats and a rug, help support the farm. Enjoy a wagon ride, hunt for eggs in the poultry house, enjoy a nature trail and picnic area.

Dates: Open May 1 through October 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 1 through April 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: $5 for adults and $3 for ages 4 to 15.

Special Events:

June 6-7 – Fleece Festival

June 27-28 – Rare Breeds Weekend

July 18-19 – Border Collie Trials

July 20 – Border Collie Clinic

July 25-26 – Pig Birthday Party Celebration

Aug. 15-16 – Heirloom Garden Weekend

Aug. 28-30 – Renaissance Festival

Sept. 19-20 – Horsefest

Oct. 10 – Fall Festival

Dec. 5 – Christmas at Kelmscott

Directions: From the north, take Rt. 1 to Belfast and turn right on Rt. 52. Travel about 6 miles to Pitcher Pond on your left and Pitcher Pond Crafts on your right. The farm is the next road on the right (Van Cycle Rd./Fire Lane 90). It is the first farm on the right.

From the south, take Route 1 to Camden. At the library turn onto Rt. 52 past Megunticook Lake and go about 6 miles to Lincolnville Center. Continue on Rt. 52, which goes right after the Lincolnville Center Store, 4.2 miles and turn left onto Fire Lane 90.

Address: Kelmscott Farm, RR 2 Box 365, Lincolnville ME 04849. Tel. 763-4088; e-mail: info@kelmscott.org; web site: www.kelmscott.org

SHLEPPINGHURST IN LINCOLNVILLE, owned by Ken Cleaves, is the place to go to see unusual woody and herbaceous ornamentals planted on ledge — and thriving! Ken makes pockets of highly organic soil by among boulders strategically and plants in those pockets. A small granite quarry is also on the property.

Date: July 25, 9 a.m. to noon.

Directions: Travel 3.3 miles from Lincolnville Center on Route 52. Go right on Fire Road 89, also known as Quarry Road.

Address: RFD 2 Box 563, Lincolnville ME 04849

SLEEPY HOLLOW FARM IN LINCOLNVILLE is owned by Diane and Wally O’Brien, who raise a large garden that feeds their family. It includes potatoes, dry beans, all of the family’s vegetables, and berries. They also raise a cow for milk, hens for eggs, turkeys and broilers for meat, and, in winter, a pig. Diane sells rag rugs from her home-based shop, as well.

Date: Open daily by chance.

Directions: From the intersection of Route 1 and 173 at Lincolnville Beach, turn inland on Route 173 and go 1 mile. The house is on the right.

Address: RR 1 Box 4025, Beach Road (Route 173), Lincolnville, ME 04849; 789-5987.


WASHINGTON COUNTY

CROSSROAD FARM IN JONESPORT is owned and farmed by Arnold and Bonnie Pearlman with able help from their son Jodi and daughter Delia. The Pearlmans have been growing organic crops for over 20 years and raise a full spectrum of vegetables, including 58 varieties of potatoes. They have a 3-acre apple orchard with an impressive variety — 50 in all! They market their produce through local supermarkets and through a mail order business.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Directions: From Ellsworth, go 60 miles on Route 1 toward Machias. At the second junction of Route 187, turn right at the DOT sign for Crossroad Farms. Go 2.2 miles to a larger DOT sign and turn right on Indian River Crossroad. Go 1.5 miles — it’s the only place on the road.

Address: Crossroad Farms, Box 3230, Jonesport, ME 04649-9709. Tel. 497-2641.


YORK COUNTY

MAINE-LLY LLAMAS FARM IN HOLLIS is a 100-plus-year-old farm where John Yohe has a bed and breakfast and raises a herd of 25 llamas for breeding stock and fiber. The market garden is certified organic and is nourished with home-produced compost.

Date: July 26, 11 to 2, in conjunction with Open Farm Day.

Directions: From Route 202 in Hollis Center, take Route 35 south 1.6 miles. Maine-lly Llamas is on the right. From Route 5 in Dayton, take Route 35 north for 2.8 miles. The farm is on the left.

Address: 482 Clarks Mills Road (Route 35), Hollis, ME 04042. Tel. 929-3057.


  

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