Wouldn't you know that my visit to Maine would be dominated by food and art? When we aren't wandering in and out of galleries and museums, we seem to be popping into markets and gardens.
I'm always trying to convince my sons not to buy the popcorn in the prepackaged bags because of the chemicals in the plastic linings. Do they listen? Of course not.
Naturally I gravitated towards the shelf covered with handmade soaps. You can always count on me to find...product, rather than produce. Somehow, farmer's markets to me are as much about the things people make with all these great ingredients--gorgeous yarns, knitted things, baskets, sachets--as they are about the things you can buy for cooking.
Sadly, I won't be in Maine long enough to visit writers Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosch in Harborside, Maine, at their Four Seasons Farm; they are a model of small-scale sustainable farming, and manage to grow vegetables all year round. Both of them write excellent books; they're worth exploring. This is the perfect time to support your local farmers; you'll be the richer for it. And their slow-growing love will nurture yours...