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Farm Market

We sell a wide variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Our primary crop is apples, but we also produce large amounts of blueberries, pumpkins, salad greens, and other vegetables. Also in our market you will find many food and non-food items produced in Maine, often by small-scale family-owned businesses.

 

We are open year-round, and our offerings of fruits, vegetables, and other products change with each exciting season.

Produce care

Apples

The secret to keeping apples in prime condition is to handle them gently and to keep them cold. Apples bruise very easily, as do most fruit, and should not be squeezed or dropped even an inch.

 

They should be refrigerated, preferably in the crisper so they will not dehydrate. Cellars and garages are usually cooler than the rest of the house but are not cool enough for good apple storage. If you like apples softer than they are at the time you purchase leave them at room temperature. They will usually soften rather quickly. A good rule of thumb for apple storage is that for every 10F above 32F, the storage life is cut in half.

Pears

As long as pears are kept cold they will ripen very slowly but they will ripen rather quickly at room temperature. At home you can control the ripening by leaving most of the pears in the crisper of your refrigerator and bringing out just a few to ripen at room temperature. Pears are ready to eat when they are yellow but still firm. The texture of the skin also seems to change and become smoother to touch.