Jul 26, 2012

Blueberry Bonanza!

This week we celebrate Blueberries at market!   Maine blueberries are coming in strong.  Ripening on the bush and ready for picking, they will be around for several weeks.  You can easily pick or purchase extra and freeze them for later.  Find both the wild Maine blueberries (small) and the Maine cultivated blueberries (large) at market with our farm vendors.  
Jillson's Farm,Valley View Farm, Hayward Farm all should have plenty of berries for sale.

Other vendors getting in on the action include:

BLUEBERRY PRETZELS (!) with Pretzel Logic at the market for a limited time!

BLUEBERRY CREAM SOAP with Casco Bay Soap Co.!

BLUEBERRY POTHOLDERS and other great sewn items for your kitchen with The Craftin' Scot!

We LOVE blueberries here in Maine!  Find home cooks making up pies, muffins, crumbles, breads, buckles, cakes, jams, sauces, cocktails, salsas and soo much more! 

Here is a link to 581 recipes listed on The Food Network website!

My favorite?  I think I will be making these 
 by The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten.  She always has amazing recipes and this one looks delicious!

See you at market!

Jul 24, 2012

The Bootmobile!

We all took a turn posing with the Bootmobile last Friday as it visited our market before heading to the Yarmouth Clam Fest for the parade!

Amy of Pretzel Logic!

Shannon of Casco Bay Soap Co.

Angela,The Craftin' Scot!

Pam of Longwoods Alpacas!

Julie of A Small Town Bakery!

Lucy of Lucy's Granola!

Deede of Bessie's Farm Goods!

Phil of Hayward Farm!

Two Smart Ladies & Wolfe Neck Farm!

Scott of Jillson's Farm & Sugar House

Jeff Raymond of Deep Wood Enterprises

Ginny of Bags Of Gold!

Abby and her son of Northwoods Gourmet Girl!

Jul 20, 2012

Meet 4 More Of Our Vendors!

A few more of our Freeport vendors!!

Ginny of Bags of Gold offers pretty market bags, handbags and aprons.

 Lucy of Lucy's granola was busy handing out samples of her super crunchy granola.

 Abby of Northwoods Gourmet Girl strikes a pose with her super colorful Ketchup poster!

 A Small Town Bakery sells breads, cookies and soo much more!

Jul 19, 2012

Summer Squash, Beans and Zuchinni

This week celebrate Summer Squash, Beans & Zucchini at market!  Find farm fresh veggies with our farm vendors Kathy of Valley View Farm is certain to have these veggies and much more. 

Summer Squash & Zuchinni!  Wonderful seasonal squash that you can do soo much with!

One of this bloggers FAVORITE things to make with zucchini is 
Chocolate Zuccini Bread with Chocolate Chips!  

Find the recipe here over on Tasty Kitchen.com   http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/breads/chocolate-chocolate-chip-zucchini-bread/

Green beans are wonderful as Roasted Tri-Colored Beans with Almond Herb Pesto!


AND what about Summer Squash?  

Here is a recipe for Summer Squash with Blistered Tomatoes (also available at market) that makes a DELICIOUS side dish:

Jul 14, 2012

Meet-A-Vendor Friday!

Meet Jeff Rayomond, Wood Turner! 

He is very talented and offers beautiful wood turned items along with a few other pieces of work.  He is a talented musician too and is in charge of our music at the market. Jeff is wonderful to talk with a quick with a joke!

Find him at market under the beige tent!

 Some of his bowls and containers....

 This one is a beauty!

 He also makes tops and you can give them a spin!

 He also carries these beautiful wood burnings and paintings by Evelyn Dean, Artist.

Jul 12, 2012

Celebrate The Raspberry!

This week we celebrate the Raspberry!  Lovely, little, juicy, ruby jewels of goodness! 

Visit our farmers to grab a pint or two of these wonderful seasonal ALL MAINE fruits! 
See Hayward Farm and Jillson's Farm at market this week for berries.

Did you know...

 A pint of raspberries contains two cups of the fruit.

 If you want to make a nine-inch raspberry pie, you will need four cups of raspberries. (So be sure to buy 2 pints at market)!

Raspberries are high in potassium.

 Raspberries are a good source of vitamin C.

Raspberries come in purple, black, and gold colors in addition to red.

Raspberries are very high in fiber.

Raspberries must ripen on the plant. They will not ripen any further after they have been picked.

Raspberries do not have a lot of calories. One cup has only 64!

Raspberries have a hollow core and blackberries do not.

Raspberries have no fat, cholesterol or sodium.

Raspberries are more fragile than other fruits. This makes them harder to ship and more expensive to buy i

Raspberries can help lower high blood pressure.

Raspberries can be stored one to two days in the refrigerator.

Raspberries mold quickly if left at room temperature.

Smaller raspberries often have better flavor than larger ones.

One of the most interesting raspberry facts is that they are a member of the rose family.

One of my favorite things in the summer is Lemonade.  Here is a great recipe for Raspberry Lemonade from Giada De Laurentiss!


  • 1 (12-ounce) bag unsweetened frozen mixed berries, thawed
  • 1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 cup vanilla simple syrup, recipe follows
  • 3 cups water
  • Ice

Vanilla Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed, pod reserved


In a blender, combine the berries, lemonade concentrate and syrup. Blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a large pitcher. Add the water and stir, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Pour the lemonade into ice-filled glasses and serve.

To make Vanilla Simple Syrup:
In a small saucepan, over medium heat combine the sugar, water, vanilla bean seeds, and vanilla pod. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool, about 20 minutes. Strain before using.

Yield: 1 cup


The blended mixture can be strained through a fine mesh sieve to remove the berry seeds, if preferred.

And here is the link to Food Network.com where you can find 915 recipes that include raspberries!

Jul 5, 2012

Special Market July 6th!!

Friday July 6th "Lobster and Seafood, Burgers and Ribs"! 

100 year L.L.Bean celebration!

WE ARE OPEN 12-5 on this day! An extra hour for you to shop!!

We will not be in our "regular" spot...but beside the Hunting & Fishing store.  There will be concerts on Discovery Park all day and many L.L.Bean activities!

  • ★ Outdoor Games with World Champion Snowboarder
    Seth Wescott and Healthy Hometowns
    10 a.m.-4 p.m., Morse Street School fields
    Meet Maine Authors
    10 a.m.-4 p.m., Flagship Store

    Free Outdoor Concerts
    2 p.m.-9:15 p.m., Discovery Park
  • Meet Slugger from the Portland Sea Dogs
    10 a.m.-4 p.m., Morse Street School fields
    Farmers' Market
    12 p.m.-5 p.m., Coyote Park

    Kids' Arts & Crafts
    1 p.m.-5 p.m., Kids' Department

    Outing with the Freeport Conservation Trust
    11 a.m.-1 p.m., meet at Main Street entrance

    Free Concerts: Maine Academy of Modern Music Bands:
    Beware of Pedestrians, and Guilty Bystanders
    2 p.m.-3:10 p.m., Discovery Park

    Free Concert: Putnam Smith Trio
    3:30 p.m.-4:40 p.m., Discovery Park

    Free Concert: Lissa Schneckenburger
    5 p.m.-6:10 p.m., Discovery Park

    Free Concert: Jason Spooner Trio
    6:30 p.m.-7:40 p.m., Discovery Park

    Free Concert: Ryan Montbleau
    8 p.m.-9:15 p.m., Discovery Park