One of the highlights of my visit to the Camden-Rockland area was finally getting to Farmers Fare, the new Rockport market and cafe emphasizing Maine grown produce and farm-made products. What a gem! It’s a huge post-and-beam structure, filled with food. There’s a butcher counter in one corner, a cafe on the other end. In between are freezers and refrigerated cases with ice cream, spreads, butter, beverages, cheeses and the like, and tables of breads, condiments, wines, sweets, chips, and so much more. If I hadn’t already finished my holiday shopping, I could have done it all here. Couldn’t help but pick up a few stocking stuffers, though.
The order-at-the-counter cafe has both pre-made and made-to-order fare. The menus lists soups, salads, small plates (one with Maine charcuterie, another featuring Maine cheese), and bigger plates ( all hot sandwiches ar available on gluten-free breads).
I’m never one to say no to artisan cheeses, and the so-called small plate was huge. It included Appelton Creamery Camembert, Sunset Acres Farm Chevre, Bigelow Mountain Blue, and Swallowtail Farm Queso Blanco, arranged on a bed of mesclun greens and accompanied by grilled baguette slices and chutney, all for $7.99.
Farmers Fare isn’t just a store, it’s a community center, with events, such as tastings and lectures, suppers and even a visit by Santa on the calendar.
With the Rockport Marketplace, home of the State of Maine Cheese Company, Cellardoor Winery’s shop, Fresh Off the Farm natural foods market, and the Market Basket gourmet foods shop, Rockport is becoming quite a delicious destination.