Beth’s Farm Market, a foodie’s fantasy

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There are farm stands then there are destination farm extravaganzas.  Beth’s Farm Market defies both and qualifies as a place where Historic Inns of Rockland guests might want to get lost for the whole day!  Start the day out with a hearty breakfast at one of the three Historic Inns of Rockland, and then set out for Warren with a long shopping list and your camera.  If it’s fresh grown or sustainably raised you’ll find it here.  Historic Inns of Rockland innkeepers should know. They purchase much of their fruits, flowers and produce here because it’s locally grown and beautifully raised.

While summer is the peak growing season in Maine, Historic Inns of Rockland innkeepers highly recommend a day trip to Beth’s Farm Market in the fall.  One visit to Beth’s and you’ll agree it’s the ideal place to find your pumpkins, gourds, and fall décor.  Oh yes, and apples galore.  In fact, you’ll also find apple bread and hot apple crisp available from the kitchen too.

Vegetables?  Oh yes! Fresh beans, beets, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers lettuce, zucchini, cabbage, carrots and all varieties of squash are just the beginning.  Herbs? Yup! Grown, dried and labeled on Beth’s Farm.  Fruit?  Why there were even fresh strawberries in early October, not to mention blueberries, raspberries, a few varieties of juicy grapes (available for sampling), melons and so much more.  Head to the back of the store and you’ll even find locally raised oysters and locally caught lobsters all raised on Maine’s Midcoast. There’s a full service bakery offering muffins, breads, cakes and that yummy smelling apple crisp that enticed us inside the moment we arrived!

A series of farms supply the vast array of offerings at Beth’s Farm Market.  According to employees, the produce is grown on a variety of farms throughout Warren.  In fact the sign inside attests that “everything sold here is grown here”. More than 50 employees work with Beth including her father, Al O’Donnell who told us “What I love most about working here are the people.  Meeting the people who come here and working with the wonderful people here makes my day!”

Beth’s Farm Market is a family affair.  It was started by her grandfather who came to the U.S. from Finland and chose Maine’s Midcoast because of its similar climate to home and the number of Finnish families located there.  Its beginnings were humble with a roadside stand selling just 25 ears of corn, but Beth and her family have grown the farm stand to a destination shopping experience.

Beth’s Farm Market is open through the holidays, shifting to trees, fresh greens and wreaths in December, along with plenty of fresh vegetables, baked goods and spices too.

Not into shopping?  Enjoy the corn maze, hay ride and straw pyramid throughout the fall season. There’s even a playground with mini tractors for the kids.  Yet, most of those kids we saw were having more fun chasing the cats through the pumpkins!

While downtown Rockland is an easy stroll from the three Historic Inns of Rockland, Beth’s Farm Market requires a ride into the hills of Warren.  After spending the day exploring Rockland’s downtown and harbor, jump in the car and head to Beth’s.  Arrive hungry and don’t miss the steaming apple crisp!

When you go:

Beth’s Farm Market is less than 25 minutes from any of the three Historic Inns of Rockland, located at
1986 Western Road, Warren ME 04864. To learn more about Beth’s Farm Market, visit http://www.bethsfarmmarket.com and be sure to make a stop at Beth’s part of your next Historic Inns of Rockland getaway.