Before you begin your day on Sebago Lake, Panther Pond, Highland Lake or any one of the numerous lakes and ponds in the western Maine Mountains and Lakes Region you might want to visit one of the farmers' markets sprinkled throughout the area.
Farmers' markets in our neck of the woods are vibrant with color, lively chatter and friendly faces. They promote healthy living and give us a place to purchase locally produced foods and goods.
I'm always amazed at the variety of seasonal offerings including but not limited to the following: seedlings, organic produce, plants, herbs, fruit, flowers, eggs, honey, wool and fleece, handcrafted soaps, soy candles, breads and jellies, cider, goat cheese, lamb, pork, and goat meat.
When we buy locally, our dollars have a greater impact in our communities. If you purchase a lakefront property in this area, you'll be able to greet your neighbors, meet new friends and get to know your farmers and growers at these open-air markets.
I've listed the local farmers' markets below for your shopping convenience:
Greater Bridgton Lakes Region:
Lovell-Wednesdays, 9 a.m. -1 p.m., in front of Brandon Gregor Marine and the Wicked Good Store
Naples-Thursdays, 9 a.m. -1 p.m., Naples Village Green, Lambs Mill Road
Harrison-Fridays, 1:30-5:30 p.m., town parking lot between the town office and Harrison Village Library
Fryeburg-Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Sharon's Seafood & ReMax Realty, Route 302
Bridgton-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Depot Street behind Reny's Department Store
Norway-Thursdays, 2-6 p.m., corner of 419 Main and Deering Streets
Poland-Fridays, 2-6 p.m., Poland Crossing Plaza, Route 26
Bethel-Saturdays, 9 a.m. -noon, Bethel Health Care Center Parking Lot, Railroad Street
Sebago Lakes Region:
Windham-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, Manchester School, 709 Roosevelt Trail
Falmouth-Wednesdays, 1-5 p.m., WalMart parking lot, Route 1
Yarmouth-Thursdays, 1-5 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 320 Main Street
Freeport-Fridays,1-5 p.m., Freeport Town Hall, Main Street
Cumberland-Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Greely High School, 303 Main Street
York-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon, Stonewall Kitchen Factory, 1 Stonewall Lane
Lewiston-Tuesdays, 2-6 p.m., Kennedy Park, corner of Bates and Pine Streets
Lewiston-Wednesdays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Mary's, Lafayette and Campus Avenues
Lewiston-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Central Maine Medical Center, High and Main Streets
Auburn-Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. -3 p.m., Turner Street, behind the Auburn Mall
Auburn-Fridays, 2-6 p.m., Great Falls Art Center, Main and Academy Streets
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