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There are many ways to support your community through buying local. Every dollar you spend in our community supports a business owner who spends their money right here. Keep it local and search through our business directory to find local service providers, shops, restaurants, and farms.
Looking for local food? The Belfast Farmer’s Market sets up every Friday starting in May. We love it so much we close the streets for the event.
Here’s a list of more Farmers’ Markets in Waldo County.
Belfast Farmers' MarketWaldo County
Belfast: On Front Street, on the waterfront.
Diverse market with products including produce, cow and goat cheese, fruits, berries, meats, poultry, baked goods, chutney preserves, condiments, eggs, plants, soap, maple syrup, honey, hand made items and more. Indoor winter market starting after the summer season. Kevin Weiser, 207-568-3201.
Season: May 2 to Friday before Thanksgiving
Hours: Friday 9 am - 1 pm
Reny's Farmers' Market
Belfast: Reny's Plaza parking lot at the junction of Routes 1 and 3.
A diverse farmers' market offering local agricultural products: field grown veggies in season, goat cheese from pasteurized milk, fruits, berries, meats, poultry, salsa, herbs, seedlings, fresh cut flowers, condiments, eggs, plants, maple syrup and more. Fred Moylan, 207-338-2895.
Season: May 12 to end of October
Hours: Tuesday 9 am - 1 pm Friday 9 am - 1 pm
Liberty-Montville Farmers' Market
Liberty: Found next to Peavey's Store, at the intersection of Rt 3 and 220.
A farmer's market for local food producers and producers of rural crafts (rustic furniture, home rafted items, etc) Near Lake St. George State Park, between Augusta and Belfast. Ed Wynn, 207-589-4881.
Season: May 26 to November 03
Hours: Thursday 8-3 Saturday 8-3 TBA
Monroe Farmers' Market
Monroe: At the intersection of Routes 141 and 139. You will see the large shaded lawn with very visable market signs. There are convenient, clean restrooms.
There is a broad selection of greens, root crops, Asian vegetables, cucumbers, tomatoes, summer squashes, onions, corn, strawberries,raspberries, plums, etc. We have three produce vendors (two certified organic), a blueberry vendor, and a baked goods (breads, muffins, scones, soups, coffee, tea, lemonade) vendor. Craft vendors and specialty products may vary from week to week. We now accept EBT (food stamp program recipients). Martha Goodale, 207-525-3532.
Season: May 25 to September 26
Hours: Saturday 9 am-12noon
Unity Market Day Farmers' Market
Unity: Unity Community Center, Rte 139, 32 School Street.
A combination farmers' market and community bazaar, with seasonal farm produce, baked goods, prepared foods, seedlings, plants, perennials, and meat. Also taking place are food prep demonstrations, cooking classes, and community events. All events are listed on our website. Clayton Carter, 568-3043, or 948-9005.
Season: May 5 to November 17
Hours: Saturday 9 am - 1 pm
Support our local farmers through Community Supported Agriculture.
Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. Sometimes the share takes the form of a pre-paid credit to spend at the farm stand or orders from a weekly selection of available products.
This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. In brief...
Advantages for farmers:
- Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
- Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow
- Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow
Advantages for consumers:
- Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
- Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
- Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
- Find that kids typically favor food from "their" farm – even veggies they've never been known to eat
- Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown
Here’s a list of towns in Waldo County where CSAs are available and the farms that provide the shares:
Fail Better Farm
Four Season Farm At The Old Edwards Fields
Skyview Family Farm
South Paw Farm
Vine & Branch Farm
Four Season Farm At The Old
Rolling Acres Farm
Fail Better Farm
Skyview Family Farm
St. Martin de Tours Organic Farm
South Paw Farm
Snakeroot Organic Farm
Living Land Farm