Category Archives: Specialty Foods

New Products Coming to the Stonington Farmers market

Stonington Farmers Market vendors have been hard at work over the winter preparing for the summer market, which starts on May 26. It takes place at the Island Community Center on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., rain or shine. The market is friendly to dogs , but we ask that you keep your dogs leashed at all times.

Some of your favorite vendors will be there again this year. Yellow Birch Farm will be back with fresh produce, cajeta and chevre. We learn from Missy Greene via Instagram:

yellow birch farm chives

Signs of spring in the greens garden: chives! We’re making chive and onion chèvre this week, available this Friday at our farm stand spring preview, 3-5pm.

Robin Byrne at River Wind Woolies will bring new merino wool and cashmere pillows, finger-less gloves made from recycled wool and cashmere sweaters and beaded leather wrap bracelets.

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Fingerless gloves (but you guessed that).

If you don’t know Robin, here’s a little background:

I am Robin Byrne. I live in coastal Brooksville, Maine with my husband, 2 sons, 6 cats, one dog, some chickens and sometimes other livestock. For as long as I can remember I have been making things with my hands, the first of which were taught to me by my mother and grandmother. Because of the influence of these two great women I am always drawn back to fiber and needle work. I hope you love my work as much as I do making it!

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Seeing spots before your eyes? Fear not. These 16″ square pillows will help you see straight to comfort!

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Nope, you’re not seeing double, it’s not trick photography…it’s TWINS! Two soft and lovely merino wool and cashmere 16 inch twin pillows.

Mary Eaton from Dream Weaver on Deer Isle is introducing new chenille vests.

Be sure and stop by Dream Weaver and check out the new chenille vests for 2017! Pick one out in your favorite color and maybe get one as a gift for someone special!

chenille vest

See you soon!

The Farmers Market in Bangor

Come visit your favorite Stonington Farmers Market farmers and vendors today at the Maine Harvest Festival in Bangor.


Missy from Yellow Birch Farm and Matthew and Bob from Blue Hill Spoonworks. 

Avalon Kitchens is there, hawking their yummy clam chowder pies. The 44 North Coffee people are selling — what else? — coffee, and Bob Gillmor from Blue Hill Spoonworks is selling spoons.


Megan and Melissa from 44 North

Yellow Birch Farm, Lucy’s Granola, JC Turnings and Daily Bread are also be in Bangor (hope we’re not forgetting anyone).


Donna from Daily Bread. 

Saturday’s event was a rousing success and today’s promises to be even better. So support Maine’s small businesses and farms by starting your holiday shopping at the Maine Harvest Festival.


Jorge from JC Turnings

It goes from 10 am to 4 pm at the Cross Insurance Center at 515 Maine Street in Bangor. There are 150 vendors — you can’t help but find that perfect holiday gift.

Tinder Hearth Offers Thanksgiving Specials


It doesn’t take long for Tinder Hearth to sell out of bread.

If you’ve ever stood in line at the Stonington Farmers Market for Tinder Hearth bread, you’ll be pleased to know the Tinder Hearth Crew will be baking four – count ‘em, FOUR – special holiday loaves for Wednesday, Nov. 24th.

Tinder Hearth tells us their Thanksgiving Week bake schedule is Monday, Nov. 22 and Wednesdsay, Nov. 24.

Here’s what else they’ve told us:

This year we are changing the way we distribute the specials, and will NOT be delivering them to the stores. So to get your holiday bread, please call the bakery: 326-8381 to reserve your loaves, and plan on coming by the bakery on Wednesday to pick them up! (They’re at 1452 Coastal Rd. in Brooksville. Click here for directions.)

The breads are:





(The Brioche are simply dreamy… and come in a little pan so you can easily pop them in the oven when it comes time.)

Sending out love to you all!

-The Tinder Hearth Crew

Here’s where you can find every day Tinder Hearth bread:

The Galley in Deer Isle

44 North Coffee in Deer Isle

Burnt Cove Market in Stonington

The Blue Hill Wine Shop in Blue Hill

The Blue Hill Co-Op in Blue Hill

John Edwards Market in Ellsworth

Tiller & Rye in Brewer

The Natural Living Center in Bangor

The Store & in Orono

The Winter Market in Blue Hill (Mainescape on Saturdays 9:30-Noon)





Where to Get 44 North Coffee (and Gear) in the Winter


Ah, the good old days of summer

If you’re addicted to the 44 North Coffee at the Stonington Farmers Market or at the Stonington cafe, take heart.

Though the coffee shop in Stonington is closed for the winter, you can still get 44 North Coffee in the Roastery at the Seamark building in Deer Isle Village. They’ll be open on Saturdays during the winter from 8 a.m. until Noon. Best yet, Tinder Hearth pastry will be available.


So sad.

If you aren’t familiar with 44 North, here’s how they describe themselves:

44 North Coffee was born in 2010 on a small island off the coast of Maine.  Founded on the principle that fresh and ethically sourced coffee sips best, we custom roast 100% Arabica coffee beans in the upstairs of the historic Deer Isle schoolhouse.  We honor the hard work of the farmers who grow our coffee by fairly purchasing seasonal organic beans and we roast to levels that highlight the best tasting notes in each cup.  Enjoy at your own line of latitude!

If you’re looking for a holiday gift for a coffee lover, 44 North offers plenty of options. There’s a coffee club subscription for $366 with a choice of Blonde Pearl Espresso Blend, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia – Yirgacheffe, Guatemala, Honduras Decaf, Honey Process Honduras, Peru, Royal Tar Blend or Sumatra.

Or consider coffee gear, from a $115 Bodum Burr Grinder to a $10 canvas tote bag — and you can shop online! Just click here. Brewing devices are tried and tested every day at 44 North’s coffee lab.  Shoulder bags are crafted by Holly Mead (in the very same building where they receive and roast these fine coffees) and Audrey Yankielun of Massachusetts (who has a wicked talent for sewing and strong family ties to Deer Isle).

You can keep up with Melissa Rafferty and Megan Wood by checking in with their blog postings on their website.

Farmers ask: ‘Who can I sell my land to?’

Ask any of the farmers at the Stonington Farmers Market and they’ll tell you: Farming is hard work. But it’s also a labor of love. When it comes time to retire, farmers often hate the thought of their carefully tended fields, orchards and buildings turned into a McMansion and a lawn.

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That’s the dilemma faced by Leslie Cummins and Tim Seabrook. You’ve seen them selling peaches, vinegar and cider at the Stonington Farmers Market. If you were smart, you bought some.

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Leslie and Tim earlier this week in a story titled, “Maine farmers ready to retire wrestle with succession planning.”

Leslie Cummins and Tim Seabrook own Five-Star Nursery and Orchard in Brooklin, but they are considering selling the farm where they grow apples, pears and make apple cider. They would like to sell their land to someone who would continue using it as a farm instead of developing the property.

According to the newspaper,

It’s evident that Cummins and Seabrook have poured their hearts and souls into this venture, a source of deep pride and connection to their community on the Blue Hill Peninsula. But at 70 and 69, respectively, they’re ready to step back from the hard work of their daily routines and explore the possibilities of retirement.

“We are really ready to do the next part of our lives,” Cummins said. Already, they’ve bought a small house in town, close to friends, services and amenities. Now, they’re trying to find an appropriate buyer for the farm. And it’s not easy.

“Who do we want to sell it to, some rich dude from New York?” Seabrook asked. “We’d probably lose everything we’ve built here.”

The newspaper reports a New Hampshire not-for-profit called Land For Good is helping farmers like Leslie and Tim find other farmers to buy their land.

Read the whole story here.



And now a word from Farmer Bob (and Marcie)

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Anne Bossi, Bob Bowen and granddaughter Paige

Bob Bowen, who started the Stonington Farmers Market 24 years ago, posted a thank you to all our vendors and customers in the comments section of a previous post. We didn’t want them to get lost, so we’re including them in a separate post:

Thank you to all the vendors who helped make this a trouble free year, Hope to see you all next year. Plus maybe more vegetable farmers. That should help grow the market.
Also thanks to all the wonderful customers who make it all worth while. We appreciate the regular customers who return yearly plus all the locals who come weekly. Especially the younger people who will be customers for years to come.
This is the end of the 24th year of the Market that started in Deer Isle, outgrew the area and moved down to Stonington. And thanks to the town of Stonington for the continued support. Nice to feel wanted !!
Bob Bowen
Father of market !

Bob and his wife Anne Bossi are the proud owners of Sunset Acres Farm in Brooksville.  Granddaughter Paige has inherited their entrepreneurial spirit. She makes and sells dog bones. (You may have seen her hugging any number of dogs at the market.)

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Marcie Amory

We also wanted to make sure you saw a post by Marcie Amory, a market stalwart and proprietor of Bluemoon Market Arts. On the last day of the market, Marcie posted:

Great day! Sure will miss everyone! Be sure to connect with your favorite vendors all year long! We all all eager to assist you. We have email addresses as well as Etsy Shops and Facebook pages … I personally will ship free and make you anything you need within my inventory to provide. Thanks all for a great summer in Stonington… Will be thinking of all of you in Texas this winter !!! Be well!!!
All my love💙❤️❤️💜!! Marcie/
Bluemoon Market Arts / fused glass artist


Last Day for the Stonington Farmers Market

Today is the last day the Stonington Farmers Market will be held in 2016. Next weekend, most farmers will head to the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, Maine.

You might want to come by and pick up some of Anne Bossi’s award-winning goat cheese. It’s beautiful stuff to look at — and to eat. Anne has been making cheese all her life. She and Bob Bowen have about 100 Saanen, Alpine and Nubian dairy goats at their Sunset Acres Farm in Brooksville.


Anne says when she goes into her cheese room in the morning she takes a deep breath and says, “This is why I do it.”

You can’t miss Anne. She and Bob are by the giant yellow truck next to the Island Community Center. Click here to find out where else you can find their delicious cheeses.


You might also want to pick up a frozen seafood pie from Avalon Kitchens. If you haven’t tried their delicious Clam Chowder Pie, you must. It’s a two-crust pie filled with clam casserole, a yummy combination of clams, crushed Ritz crackers, sage and aromatics, salt pork, Old Bay, butter and more. Dan and Leslie Landrigan live in Stonington, but make the pies in a commercial licensed kitchen in Orland. You’ll find them by the 44 North Coffee stand.

Grab some clam pie or some goat cheese before it’s all gone.


Finding Tinder Hearth Bread


Visitors to the Stonington Farmers Market know that long line in the middle of the market consists of Tinder Hearth bread fanatics. If you don’t get there early enough, this is what you’ll find under the Tinder Hearth tent:


Actually, Tinder Hearth’s many fans know they can get the delicious wood-fired European bread at local retail outlets.

On Tuesdays and Fridays, you can find Tinder Hearth bread at the following places:

The Galley in Deer Isle
44 North Coffee in Deer Isle
Burnt Cove Market in Stonington
The Blue Hill Wine Shop in Blue Hill
The Blue Hill Co-Op in Blue Hill
John Edwards Market in Ellsworth
Tiller and Rye in Brewer
The Natural Living Center in Bangor
The Store in Orono

You can also find at the Winter Market in Blue Hill on Saturdays from 9:30-Noon.

Tinder Hearth is located at 1452 Coastal Rd. in Brooksville. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays you can buy pastry as well as bread at the bakery. And on Tuesday and Friday evenings, you can order a Tinder Hearth pizza in the morning and eat it there in the evening. But you must call ahead at (207)326-8381.

This Friday, Sept. 16, will be your last chance this year to buy Tinder Hearth bread at the Stonington Farmers Market, as it’s the last market of the year. So come on by!

El El Frijoles Has New Fall Hours

New fall hours begin for El El Frijoles, Sargentville’s best (and only) choice for delicious Mexican food.The taqueria is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

(OK, El El is the “Best Mexi-Cali-Maine restaurant,” according to Yankee Magazine. Because where else can you get a spicy lobster burrito?)

When El El is closed Saturdays through Tuesdays, you can enjoy a taste of El El Frijoles at home with their tasty salsas, on sale at the Stonington Farmers Market.

And if you haven’t seen the video above, check it out. Last summer, Princeton, N.J., filmmaker Jon Roember created this video about Michele and Michael. Here’s what they have to say about it:

He was interested in working the bugs out of some new equipment, had a few vacation days and was thinking about maybe making a little film about EL EL FRIJOLES. We were thrilled to have him here (and for those of you in need of a good photo/videographer, he worked as hard as any of the folks I worked with in my 20+ years as a photo assistant, but on his vacation!). We offered him access to anything he wanted, which included some painful interview sessions with Michele and I, and he took a lot of pictures of our food. The result is this amazing look at what we do here at EL EL FRIJOLES, in a barn, in the woods in Maine.

The Story of Lucy’s Granola


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If you haven’t heard the story of Lucy’s Granola yet, here it is:

One Saturday morning six years ago, Lucy forgot to bake a cake for the monthly library bake sale in her small town of East Blue Hill, Maine. Always thinking, Lucy took the big batch of granola she had just made, split it into mason jars and took it down to the bake sale. The granola sold out quickly and soon neighbors were coming to Lucy’s door requesting more.

Now Lucy’s Granola can be found in grocery stores in 15 states!

Fans of Lucy’s Granola say it’s lighter and sweeter than most granolas.

Lucy’s Granola isn’t just for breakfast. Here, for example, is a recipe for granola cookies.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

2 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed

2 1/4 cups Lucy’s Granola (any variety)

3 tablespoons flour (we used all-purpose, but you could experiment with other flours)

pinch of salt

1 egg lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 375°

Heat butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently until butter has melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in flour, salt, vanilla, egg and granola.
Drop cookie batter by small teaspoons onto parchment lined baking sheets. Use a small amount of dough– these are going to spread out! Leave 2 inches between each cookie.
Bake for 5-7 minutes. They will spread out and bubble. Be careful not to over bake.
Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 30 seconds and move parchment and cookies to a rack to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container.

Come pick up some of Lucy’s delicious granola at the Stonington Farmers Market on Friday.