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Daytripping 2020 – Farms and Gardens to Visit This Summer

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Note: Due to COVID-19, we urge readers to contact the farmers and gardeners listed below before visiting them to find out whether they are still open for tours this summer.

Welcome to the 2020 Daytripping list, an annual feature in The MOF&G. At this year’s farm and garden tours, learn about seed saving, growing fruit trees organically, farming with draft animals, raising nurturing herbs and much more.

For more farms to visit this summer, please check the Events tab at mofga.org, where you’ll find MOFGA’s weekly Farm Training Project Workshops, Farmer to Farmer in the Field events, Gather & Grow Homestead Tours and more.

Please leave pets at home when you visit these farms.

Dates – Farm or Garden

July 5 –  3 Streams Farm, Belfast
July 25 – Campo di Fiori, Bowdoinham
July 26 – Rabbit Hill Farm, Deer Isle
August 8-9 – The Trotochaud/McDowell Gardens and Everyday Potter, Belmont

Several dates

Avena Botanicals, Rockport
Easter Orchard Farm, Wells
Fire Flower Garden and Pottery, Thorndike
Winterberry Farm, Belgrade


Hancock County

RABBIT HILL FARM IN DEER ISLE is a diversified, certified organic farm, cider orchard and rabbitry. The rabbits, raised for meat and fiber, were an important component of the farm’s unique soil-building technique. Farm crops such as cucumbers, asparagus, beans and apples were the inspiration for the specialty food company Cheryl Wixson’s Kitchen. Home of the Deer Isle Cider Company, Rabbit Hill offers wine tastings and farm-to-table suppers. 
 
Date: July 26
 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. –  Farm tours, rabbit feeding, shore walks, learn to dig clams, explore the Crockett Cove woods preserve
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Wine tasting by Deer Isle Cider Company
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Potluck sunset supper. Bring something to share, a musical instrument and your dancing shoes!
 
Directions: Take Rt. 15 onto the island of Deer Isle and proceed to Deer Isle village. As you pass the red house and go down the hill, turn right off Rt. 15 onto Main Street. The Deer Isle post office and the Pilgrim’s Inn will be on your left. Drive south toward Stonington for 4.2 miles. Turn right onto Barbour Farm Road., a dirt road. Keep left and follow for 1 mile to the end and up the hill. Drop-off passenger area and handicap parking only are available on the hill. This is a private road and parking is limited. Please drive slowly and plan to park and walk.
 
Contact: 148 Barbour Farm Rd., Stonington, Maine, 207-367-5003, www.cherylwixsonskitchen.com


Kennebec County
 
WINTERBERRY FARM IN BELGRADE, owned by Mary Perry and her family for the past 20 years, dates back to 1870. This diversified, 40-acre farm extends down to the shores of Great Pond in the Belgrade Lakes area of central Maine. Winterberry Farm is a "Forever Farm": Perry has donated the development rights so that it will remain a farm forever. The MOFGA-certified organic family farm is horse- and oxen-powered and grows cut flowers and vegetables for its CSA and its farmstand. It offers cut-your-own flowers and farm-to-table dinners, is available for events and weddings, has a full-service farmstand with bake shop, and offers sleigh rides and tours of its maple syrup operation.
 
Dates: The farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May to September and year round with limited hours. For a tour, please call ahead – but if you find yourself in Belgrade, please stop for a slice of blueberry pie from the farm store and view the flower gardens or take a self-guided tour.
 
Directions: The farm is located at 538 Augusta Rd./Rt. 27 in Belgrade. Drive north from Augusta for about 15 minutes or west from Waterville for about 20 minutes.
 
Contact: 207-649-3331; www.winterberryfarmstand.com


Knox County

AVENA BOTANICALS IN ROCKPORT, Maine, makes herbal remedies using fresh organic and biodynamic herbs while nurturing plants, people and pollinators. These vital plants along with a sacred connection to place promote wellness of the body, mind and spirit and encourage humans to be mindful and loving stewards of the Earth. Avena’s retail herbal remedy shop is open every Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and during each garden walk. Try herbal tinctures, cremes, salves, oils, elixirs and glycerites. Avena also sells tea blends. Dates: Guided herb walks by herbalist Deb Soule, who will speak about a variety of medicinal and pollinator plants, on Wednesdays, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5 and August 12, from 3 to 4 p.m. Herb walks for children are on Tuesdays, July 14, July 21 and August 4, from 3 to 4 p.m. Please see website for details. Directions: From Rt. 90 in Rockport, turn left onto Mill Street and proceed almost a mile to mailbox #219 and the Avena Herb Gardens sign on your right. Contact: Avena Botanicals, 219 Mill St., Rockport, Maine 04856; 866-282-8362; https://www.avenabotanicals.com

GEORGES RIVER LAND TRUST’S annual Gardens in the Watershed tour has been canceled this year in an effort to keep everyone safe. The trust will, however, provide alternative online garden experiences for its valued supporters. Please visit Georgesriver.org for more information.


Sagadahoc County

CAMPO DI FIORI IN BOWDOINHAM, MAINE is a small commercial nursery growing a unique selection of herbaceous wildflowers and ornamental grasses specifically chosen for use in naturalistic planting design, and as portrayed in three separate display gardens. Of equal interest is the nursery’s developments in growing and breeding neohybrid hazels; it is one of only a few Maine sources for such seedlings. A general farm tour will introduce the nursery, vegetable gardens and orchards, along with an inevitable philosophical discussion about gardening, food, nature and the farmer's passion for plants. 
 
Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m.; will be canceled in event of rain.
 
Directions: From north take 295 to Bowdoinham exit. Turn left onto Main Street. Look for DOT sign – 1 mile on the Fisher Road. From south take 295 to Bowdoinham exit. Turn right onto Main Street. Look for DOT sign – 1 mile on the Fisher Road. From Rt. 24 look for DOT sign at Bowdoinham center – 1 mile to Fisher Road.
 
Contact: Campo di Fiori, 212 Fisher Rd. Bowdoinham, ME 04008; 207-666-8419; [email protected]mainegardendesign.com


Waldo County

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. The primula garden, with a living willow fence, should be in bloom in early spring. The garden is only a few miles from MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center and the Common Ground Country Fair grounds.
 
Date: Open by chance; call ahead to be sure.
 
Directions: From Rt. 220 take Rt. 139 out of Thorndike toward Brooks, about 2 miles to 33 Knox Station Rd. on your right. It is the first house on the right.
 
Contact: 33 Knox Station Rd., Thorndike, ME 04986; 207-568-3736;  [email protected]; on Facebook: Fire Flower Garden

AT 3 STREAMS FARM IN BELFAST, see the burst of biodiversity beneath the second-year sprout pompoms of pollarded trees in a 1-acre air meadow demonstration plot funded by Northeast SARE and now complete. Meet livestock that eat tree leaves, and sample products of the woodland. Sunday, July 5, 8:30 a.m. Please leave a voicemail if you plan to come: 207-338-3301 Directions: 209 Back Belmont Rd., Belfast, halfway between Jesse Robbins Road and the big power line. Look for a black mailbox #209 on the north side of the road, with wide wooden gate, probably open. Follow the gravel drive. Contact: Shana Hanson, [email protected] or (preferred) 207-338-3301; https://3streamsfarmbelfastme.blogspot.com

THE TROTOCHAUD/MCDOWELL GARDENS AND EVERYDAY POTTERY STUDIO IN BELMONT will hold its annual pottery sale and garden tour on August 8 and 9. With a goal of creating a sustainable organic garden, Mary Trotochaud and Rick McDowell have established numerous fruit, vegetable and flower beds that include cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, rhubarb, apple trees, cherries, raspberries, breadseed poppy, hazelberts, peach, apple, apricot, pear and plum trees. A romantic but sturdy grape arbor supports five varieties of grapes. See also a fire pit, a pizza oven, a well-designed chicken coop and a reflecting pool with a small fountain. The pizza oven will be lit up, weather permitting. (Trotochaud is a long-time donor to the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee’s Empty Bowl Supper.)
 
Date: August 8 and 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open other days by chance or appointment.
 
Directions: From the intersection of the Rt. 1 bypass and Rt. 52 in Belfast, take Rt. 52 5 miles to Ryan Road. Turn right on Ryan Road (which becomes Northport Road) and go about 2 miles. Signs for Everyday Pottery are on Rt. 52 and at the house.
 
Contact: 103 Northport Rd., Belmont, ME 04952; 342-2251, 706-3954; [email protected]www.marytrotochaud.com


York County
 
AT EASTER ORCHARD FARM IN WELLS, farmer Mort Mather raises MOFGA-certified organic vegetables for Joshua’s Restaurant in Wells. An acre managed largely with grass clipping mulch provided over 12,000 pounds of vegetables last year for his son's truly farm-to-table restaurant.
 
Dates: Drop by or call 207-646-7177 in advance to be sure we can welcome you.
 
Directions: Take the Loop Road off 109 in Highpine (about midway between Wells and Sanford) to Bald Hill Rd. The farm is 0.8 mile up Bald Hill Road on the right.
 
Contact:  802 Bald Hill Rd., Wells. 207-337-0865