Category Archives: Food

Fine art, fine craft, gourmet food at Point Lookout

Jewelry by Dan Bennett

Art and food in Midcoast Maine a the Artfull Gifts Show in Northport this weekend! A broad spectrum of exceptional Maine-made craft, art, and fine food gifts awaits shoppers at the festive ArtFull Gifts Show. Featuring the work of 50 select exhibitors, the show also includes free demonstrations, delicious Maine-made foods, and live music, all […]

The corner store, redesigned

Farm fresh eggs - Coastal Collage

Terra Optima Farm Market, Rockland, Maine   It has been a little over a year since Cheryl Denz opened Terra Optima Farm Market. Cheryl has been a farmer all her life. This retail store directly connects farm to table.   Cheryl thoroughly enjoys feeding Rockland in a very literal sense. “Rockland is wonderful! I love […]

At the vineyard and in the orchard

Savage Oaks Wines

Our fall foliage series closes with scenes from Savage Oaks Winery and Schoolhouse Farm orchards. We stopped by Savage Oaks Winery in Union for a tasting. Holly Savage was a gracious hostess. So many wonderful varieties to choose from. Our favorites: Sterlingtown – a fresh, just picked off the vine flavor, strong grape taste that’s […]

Best fall foliage route in Midcoast Maine

Hope blueberry fields in fall - Coastal Collage

Here is a fall foliage route you will love! The route starts out in Thomaston, winds through Warren and Hope, ends in Rockland. Pick a day with clear blue skies and crisp air, hop in the car before you’ve had your second cup of coffee. Start out in Thomaston, Maine at Highland Cafe. Grab a […]

Squash blossoms for the everyday table

Female squash blossoms

It was late summer, 1979. My husband and I were just getting started with our house painting business in Connecticut. We landed a three story home owned by a very hospitable older Italian woman. She kindly asked us to have lunch in the garden with her. I was impressed by the garden, so beautiful and […]

Daylilies: plan now for next spring

All aboard for Columbus

This week I want to share with you these gorgeous lilies. The photos were taken at Merryspring Gardens just a couple of weeks ago. Although daylily bloom time is just about over, I thought the pics would be great for next years perennial garden planning. Let’s start out with this brilliant red-orange one, “All aboard […]

Connection with the land

Farm Knowledge by Abbie Read

What does dirt have to do with paint?? What do farms have to do with art?? Everything!! Not everyone who tills the soil can swing an artist’s paint brush, not everyone who creates detailed drawings can grow arugula. Maine Farmland Trust brings them together. Anna Abaldo, gallery curator at the Maine Farmland Trust gallery on […]

A tasting at Sweetgrass Winery and Distillery

Antique car at Sweetgrass Distillery

One at a time. That is how I will visit our Midcoast wineries. My daughter Joy and I did a wine tour once in Temecula, California. I couldn’t drink another glass of wine for 3 months!! Even though I limited my tastings to 12 varieties and only a sip or two of each it was […]

Quite possibly the best clam roll on the East Coast

Fried clam roll at Graffam Brothers

Day Trip: Rockport Memories of days spent with my Italian grandfather clamming and crabbing along the Connecticut shore always brings a smile to my face. It was great fun getting stuck in the mud flats and losing your sneakers. As a 7 year old, the mud would almost be up to my waist.  Afterward we […]