The best way to get healthy is to eat healthy, and Maine farmers' markets are the way to do it. From May through October (and occasionally year-round - as noted), public spaces across the state play host to delicious fruits, vegetables, and other products straight from Maine farms. You'll find everything from fiddleheads and blueberries to potatoes and carrots - all Maine grown and all a good way to a healthy diet of fresh, local food. Following is a list of farmers' markets, organized alphabetically by town, that are registered with the Maine Department of Agriculture. For more information, and to confirm times and locations, visit www.getrealmaine.com
Auburn Mall Farmer's Market
Auburn Mall, Rte. 4. Saturdays from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 207-786-2977.
Augusta Farmer's Market
Turnpike Mall, Western Ave. Wednesdays
and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
European Farmer's Market
Sunnyside Greenhouse (across
from the Bangor Auditorium),
Buck St., Bangor. Saturdays from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., year-round.
Eden Farmer's Market
YMCA parking lot, Main St.,
Bar Harbor. Sundays from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. 207-223-2293.
Bath Farmer's Market
Waterfront Park, Commercial St.,
Thursdays and Saturdays from
8:30 a.m. to noon. http://bathfarmers
Belfast Farmer's Market
Downtown. Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.belfastfarmersmarket.org
Bethel Farmer's Market
Bethel Family Health Center,
off Rte. 26 on Railroad St.
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Blue Hill Farmer's Market
Congregational Church parking lot,
Saturdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Boothbay Farmer's Market
Town commons. Thursdays from
9 a.m. to noon. 207-737-8834.
Brewer Farmer's Market
Brewer Auditorium, Wilson St. Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(may run longer on Saturdays).
Bridgton Farmer's Market
Depot St., near the community center. Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Brunswick Farmer's Market
Brunswick Mall, Maine St. Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 207-966-2363. www.brunswickfarmersmarket.com
Saturday Farmer's Market
Crystal Spring Farm, Pleasant Hill Rd., Brunswick. Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. 207-729-0812. www.brunswickfarmersmarket.com
Sunrise County Farmer's Market
Across from the library in Triangle Park, Calais. Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Camden Farmer's Market
Colcord Ave. Wednesdays from
4:30 to 6 p.m. through Sept. 12,
and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Cumberland Farmer's Market
Greely High School, Main St., Cumberland. Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Damariscotta Area Farmer's Market
Damariscotta River Association,
Belvedere Rd. Fridays from 9 a.m.
to noon. 207-737-8834.
Dexter Farmer's Market
P&L Country Grocery, Rte. 7. Fridays from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 207-277-3191.
Eastport-Sunrise County Farmer's Market
Next to Raye's Mustard on Washington St. Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ellsworth Farmer's Market
245 East Main St., in the parking lot of Maine Community Foundation. Mondays and Thursdays from 2 to
5:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. 207-667-9212.
Fairfield Farmer's Market
Church of the Nazarene parking
lot on Main St. Wednesdays from
2 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sandy River Farmer's Market
Better Living Center parking lot,
Front St., Farmington. Fridays from
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 207-778-3115.
Hallowell Sunday Market
Water St. (Rte. 201) at the north
end of Hallowell next to the Kennebec
River Rail Trail. Sundays from 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. 207-622-1350.
Houlton Farmer's Market
Rte. 1, south of I-95 near McDonald's.
Runs daily, depending on availability
of produce. 207-794-8306.
Kennebunk Farmer's Market
In the Grove St. municipal parking
lot (behind the Rte. 1 Mobil Station) downtown. Saturdays from 8 a.m.
to noon. 207-646-5926. www.kennebunkfarmersmarket.org
Lewiston Farmer's Market
Kennedy Park, corner of Bates and Pine streets. Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m.
Behind the clock tower at Gazebo Park, Livermore Falls. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 207-897-5319.
Milbridge Farmer's Market
Kelco's employee parking lot, in the
center of town. Saturdays from 9 a.m.
to noon. 207-546-2395.
Norway Farmer's Market
Corner of Main and Deering streets. Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m.
Orono Farmer's Market
Steam Plant parking lot, College Ave.,
UMO campus. Saturdays from 8 a.m.
to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays from 2 to
5:30 p.m. 207-257-4103. www.oronofarmersmarket.org
Pittsfield Farmer's Market
Hathorn Park, at the end of Hartland
Ave. (Rte. 152). Mondays and Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. 207-487-5056. www.pittsfieldfarmersmarket.org
Portland Farmer's Market
Wednesdays at Monument Sq. from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays at Deering Oaks Park from 7 a.m. to noon. 207-883-5750.
Presque Isle Farmer's Market
Aroostook Center Mall, Rte. 1. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 207-455-8386.
Rockland Farmer's Market
Public landing, on the waterfront. Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saco Farmer's and Artisan's Market
Saco Valley Shopping Center,
Spring St. Wednesdays and Saturdays
from 7 a.m. to noon. 207-929-5318. www.sacofarmersmarket.com
Sanford Farmer's Market
Midtown Mall. Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon. 207-324-0331.
Skowhegan Organic Farmer's Market
The municipal parking lot next to
Aubuchon Hardware. Saturdays from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 207-938-3906.
Springvale Farmer's Market
Rite Aid parking lot (Rte. 109 and 11A). Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. 207-324-0331.
Stonington Farmer's Market
Island Community Center. Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. 207-326-4741.
Unity Farmer's Market
Unity Community Center, School St. (Rte. 139). Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 207-948-9005. www.unitymarketday.org
Downtown Waterville Farmer's Market
Concourse parking lot at the corner of Main St. and Appleton St. Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. 207-680-2055.
Wells Farmer's Market
Wells Town Hall parking lot on Sanford Rd. (Rte. 109), a half-mile from Rte. 1. Wednesdays from 2 to 5:30 p.m. 207-646-5926. www.wellsfarmersmarket.org
Winthrop Farmer's Market
Municipal parking lot. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 207-375-4486.
The Gateway Farmer's Market
Greater York Region Chamber of
Commerce parking lot, Rte. 1, York. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more tips on healthy living in Maine see "Walk Your Way to Health,"
a list of walks across the state, "Naturally Nutritious,"
a list of farmers' markets in the area, and "Live Healthily in Maine,"
an interview with food scientist Bill Seidel.