Maine Open Farm Day – Sunday, July 23

Open Farm Day is an annual family adventure in which farms throughout all 16 counties open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture. Open Farm Day gives families the chance to visit local farms throughout the state.

Farms around the state participate to commit to ensuring the sustainability of agriculture. Maine’s farming industry has given back to their communities by providing a forum for education and learning in a fun atmosphere. Many farms will have demonstrations, displays, farm-raised products for sale and animals and crops to experience. Activities include barn and field tours, milking, hay rides, petting zoos, nature trails, beautiful scenery, samples for tasting and refreshments.

A list of participating midcoast farms:

Appleton Creamery

11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 780 Gurneytown Road, Appleton.

Appleton Creamery is a small-scale goat dairy, handcrafting award-winning fresh and aged goat cheeses daily. Meet the goats, sample some cheese, and view the cheese room. Learn about these entertaining and useful animals. The farm stand will be open with farm products for sale and the pizza oven will be going!

Brae Maple Farm

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 233 North Union Road, Union

Walk through the MOFGA-certified market gardens and visit the donkeys. Wander through the Master Gardener Volunteer demonstration raised-bed vegetable gardens, lasagna garden, dyeing and drying garden, medicine wheel and heritage gardens. Demonstrations include woodturning, spinning, and building twig fences. Informational beekeeping display by the Knox-Lincoln Beekeeper Association. Special children’s activities include searching for hidden fairy houses and cutout photo boards. Herbal refreshments and recipes.

ME Water Buffalo Co.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 232 Old County Road, Appleton

Maine’s only water buffalo farm invites you to meet the herd of buffalo and learn about what they do. Pasture hayrides throughout the day to get up close to the water buffalo. Buffalo calves to cuddle, Nigerian dwarf goat babies to pet and chickens to feed! Water buffalo dairy products to sample. Farm products available for purchase at the farm store.

Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 174 Barrett Hill Road, Union

Talks and tours of the vineyard and blueberry fields. Belted Galloways on display.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 410 N Union Road, Union
Organic Medicinal Herb, Vegetable and Goat Farm We will be offering farm tours throughout the day of our gardens and fields. We will discuss the use of the medicinal plants and vegetables that we grow for our products. We’ll discuss some of the ways we manage the farm, like the use of our cashmere goats for land management and fiber.
 

Seacolors Yarnery at Meadowcroft Farm

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 45 Hopkins Road, Washington

Tour of yarnery and hands-on show and tell of superfine genetics. Border collie demonstrations. Big sale on old stock and odd-lot blankets.

Beau Chemin Preservation Farm

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1749 Finntown Road, Waldoboro

MOFGA-certified organic you-pick raspberries are for sale, and possibly other small fruit. Heirloom and endangered breeds of livestock include soay, Leicester longwool and California Variegated Mutant sheep, part-Icelandic goats, a Suffolk Punch draft horse, and five breeds of ducks. Antique spinning wheels and other fiber-processing tools are on display and products for sale.

East Forty Farm and Dairy

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2361 Friendship Road, Waldoboro.

Learn how milk is transformed into cheese and sample a variety of styles of cow’s milk cheese. Meet the cow, horses, and chickens. Watch a demonstration of a sawmill.

Maine Alpaca Experience – Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 141 Crosby Brook Road, Unity

Learn about the joy of raising alpacas. Take a selfie with your favorite alpaca and enjoy shopping in the farm store filled with incredibly soft alpaca clothing, yarn and toys. Hike the Hill to Sea trail located on the property.

Royer Valley Farm

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 124 Valley Road, Brooks

A diversified livestock farm growing meat rabbit, poultry and hogs. Livestock is the foundation of the farm business, all grown with a high level of sustainability and natural farming practices. They plan to establish gardens, a farm store, honeybees, maple syrup, commercial kitchen, and petting zoo.

Coconut Mango Mojito Recipe

This delicious mojito, along with several other drinks can be enjoyed for just $5 during our Cocktail Hour!  It’s offered every night from 5-6:30pm and each cocktail comes with a complimentary hors d’ oeuvre. Enjoy them at home with this easy recipe.

Coconut Mango Mojito

6-8 fresh mint leaves
2 1/2 ounces of mint simple syrup 
1 ounce of coconut rum
1 1/2 ounces of club soda
1-2 ounces of mango puree
the juice of one lime

To make the mango puree, combine 1 peeled + chopped, ripe mango in a food processor (or high speed blender) with the juice of 1 lime, and process until smooth (or at least almost smooth).

In the bottom of a glass, add 1 ounce of simple syrup and the mint leaves.  Muddle with a muddler or use the clean bottom of something blunt, like a screwdriver!  Add ice to the glass, and pour rum, syrup, mango puree, lime juice and club soda over top.  Mix and serve with a with an additional sprig of mint. ( Recipe makes one mojito.)

Experience Lobster Fishing – Go on a “Morning Haul”!

Lobsters, lobsters, lobsters!  Join Camden Harbor Cruises  for this 1 hour interactive lobster fishing demonstration.  Help haul, bait & re-set their lobster traps. This once in a lifetime hands-on experience is sure to be a blast-don’t forget your camera and sense of adventure!  We’ll  happily add this outdoor activity to your reservation!

Looking for more fun?  We have it with an Eco Tour also offered by Camden Harbor Cruises!  This 1 1/2 hour tour we will travel across the bay to a remote seal habitat.  On our way we look for birds and marine life.  Past trips have seen wildlife such as sunfish, porpoise, grey seals, harbor seals, eagles, osprey, coots, terns, eider ducks and many many more.  In addition, you will haul a lobster trap to see whats lurking on the bottom of the ocean floor.   Book our Whatever Floats Your Boat Package and it will include this trip plus two night’s lodging, our five course dinner for two, sumptuous breakfasts each morning and a lobster roll picnic to enjoy on-board!

 

Artist Beverly Shipko at the Michael Good Gallery

“You CAN have your cake and eat it, too!”  The newly revamped Michael Good Gallery in Rockport opened “You can have your cake and eat it, too!” last month.   Artist Beverly Shipko, whose paintings and prints fill much of the gallery will also hold an , Sunday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. The talk follows a grand re-opening reception Saturday, July 8, from noon to 5 p.m. The festive afternoon includes live jazz, complementary drinks, decadent desserts and treats inspired by Shipko’s work. 

Shipko is an American artist best known for her oil paintings of partially consumed classic desserts. She confesses: “I believe that on some level all people are attracted to things they are not supposed to have. I am no exception.” Her “slice of life” approach has resulted in unforgettable images of Oreo cookies and ice cream sandwiches “bitten”, plus cakes, pies, and fruit tarts in states of human consumption. More recently, she has been exploring packaged desserts, bakery displays, and vending machine treats.

Michael Good Gallery – NOW Located in Rockport

325 Commercial Street, Rt. 1

Telephone: 207-236-9623

OPEN Mon-Sat, 11-5

June – August, Presenting Beverly Shipko.

Artist talk July 9 from 10am – 12pm

Limoncello Cheesecake with a Fresh Raspberry Sauce

Ingredients
  • FOR THE CRUST
  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter

    FOR THE FILLING

  • 4 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ⅓ cup limoncello
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 4 large egg whites
  • ¼ cup sugar

    FOR THE SAUCE

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup homemade raspberry liqueur with the raspberries
OR
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • ½ cup raspberry liqueur (store bought)
  • ½ cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make the crust. Mix the graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar together in a bowl. Stir in the melted butter until thoroughly blended. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of a springform pan. Bake in the oven until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool.
  3. Make the filling. Place the cream cheese in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Keep beating while you gradually add the sugar. Then add the egg yolks, one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl after each one. Add the limoncello and sour cream and mix until they are combined well.
  4. Next beat the egg whites in a clean bowl until soft peaks form. Continue beating while gradually adding ¼ cup sugar in a slow stream, until stiff peaks form. Be careful not overbeat. With a spatula, gently fold ⅓ of the meringue into the cream cheese mixture. Repeat twice more with remaining meringue, mixing carefully and doing your best not to deflate the egg whites. Mix until you don’t see any large streaks of meringue. Pour the filling onto the crust, and place in the oven. Pour hot water into a pan and place in the oven beside or under the cheesecake.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until the top is almost set (it doesn’t jiggle when you move the pan), about 50-55 minutes. Turn off the oven, prop the oven door open about 2 inches, and allow the cake to cool completely in the oven, about 1 hour. Pop in the fridge and chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight before serving.
  6. Make the topping. Add the raspberries and the raspberry liqueur (and the sugar depending on if you are using store bought liqueur or homemade) to a medium pot and bring to a low simmer. Simmer for about 7 or 8 mins until the raspberries have broken down a bit. Mash them up a bit with a fork. If you want you can strain the whole works or you can strain half. We like to just strain half.
  7. When you are ready to serve the cake, slide a knife between the cake and the pan to loosen it from the edges. Open the springform pan and slide the sides off. Place on your serving platter or cake stand and pour the raspberry sauce over the cake. Top with fresh raspberries and serve.

Mushroom Hunting Adventure Getaway Package

Available late July through early November, our guide will lead you through the woods for 2 hours, pointing out different mushrooms species (edible and poisonous) and instruct you on species identification.  Camden Hills State Park (located 3 minutes from the Inn) is a great place to find Porcini, Hen of the Woods, Chicken of the Woods and many, many other wild mushrooms!

Mushroom hunting is a sport — one in which the mushrooms may actually have a chance of “winning” if the person eating does a poor job of species identification. However, picking mushrooms and eating them is a safe occupation, provided one knows the toxic types, properly identifies the species and stays with the most common edible ones.

Literally thousands of species of mushrooms are regularly consumed by mushroom hunters. The king bolete (porcini) is a popular delicacy. Sulphur Shelf (Chicken of the Woods) is often gathered because it occurs in bulk, recurs year after year, and has a wide variety of culinary uses. Chanterelles and morels are among the most popular types of mushrooms to gather, the latter being fairly hard to misidentify by anyone with practice.

Identification is not the only element of mushroom hunting that takes practice — knowing where to search does as well. Most mushroom species require very specific conditions — some will only grow at the base of a certain type of tree, for example. Finding a desired species that is known to grow in a certain region can be a challenge and that is where our Mushroom Expert steps in.  For more information on mushroom hunting here.

Package also includes two nights lodging, sumptuous breakfasts each morning and dinner for two, featuring the Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu. 

“Play with Clay” Getaway Package

More getaway package fun!

Our new “Play with Clay” Getaway Package includes two night’s lodging, dinner for two featuring the Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu and a full gourmet breakfast each morning.   In addition, learn to work with clay at Belfast Clay Studio. Try your hand at a pottery wheel and also do hand building at the table. Leave with two items that are functional, microwave and dishwasher safe and very durable. They take care of the firing and also glaze them in the colors you choose! 

Let your creative juices flow in the relaxed atmosphere of their studio all the while playing in “the mud”!  This package is available year round and is for all ages!

 

 

Glendarragh Lavender Farms – Open Farm Days!

“Experience the sights and scents of English and French lavender varieties in the scenic St. George River Valley of Appleton this June and July.  The farm is open during the harvest to allow pick-your-own, education walks, a farm gift store, and time to enjoy the sights and of Maine’s only USDA-registered lavender farm for the height of bloom. ”  – Glendarragh Farms, Appleton Maine
 
Glendarragh Farm Lavender Open Farm Days
Monday through Saturday, 10am – 3pm
June 24, 2017 through July 22, 2017
Camden Main Street Summer Store
10am to 5pm, daily 
www.mainelavender.com

 

 

Maine Lobster Festival is Not to be Missed!

How many pounds of lobster do you think are eaten each year at the Rockland Lobster Festival? While you ponder that a moment, we’ll go ahead and tell you that in addition to delicious food, the annual Rockland Lobster Festival is a great place to enjoy a parade, live music, arts and craft vendors, a marine tent and much more. This five-day festival, held at Rockland Harbor Park on the city’s waterfront, draws tens of thousands of folks who share a deep love for lobster, as well as Maine.

And now the answer you’ve been waiting for! If you guessed that 20,000 pounds of lobster are consumed during the annual Rockland Lobster Festival, then you would be correct! Lobster is served a variety of mouth-watering ways during the festival. Don’t miss tasting the famous Maine Lobster Roll!

Rockland Lobster Festival Schedule of Events

The schedule of events is always packed with a range of live music and demonstrations. Here’s a sampling of what you can experience at the upcoming festival.

  • Enjoy watching  – or maybe even participate in – the Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking Contest where top “chefs” compete for $525 in prize money, as well as some serious bragging rights.
  • If you enjoy beer or wine, be sure to visit the Steins & Vines Tasting Event, where you can sample local beers and wines made in Maine. There is an additional fee for this tasting event. This year’s participants include Rock Harbor, Sebago Brewing, Allaghash, Peak Organic Brewing, Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery and many more.
  • Additional entertainment includes live bands, storytellers, the coronation of the Maine Sea Goddess and more.
  • There is also plenty of fun for the kids. Just look for the Children’s Tent, where various activities will take place including face painting, storytelling, balloon animals, crafts and much more!

For more information on the festival’s events, please visit the website.

Where to buy tickets

The 2017 festival will be held August 2-6. Tickets can be purchased at the festival gates. On opening day, Wednesday, tickets are just $1 for adults and free for children between the ages of 6-12. The festival opens at 12 and closes at 10 p.m. on opening day. Admission for Thursday through Saturday is $8 for adults.  Sunday is “Family Fun Day” and admission is free for all ages!

Getting to Rockland from Camden

Rockland is just about a 20-minute drive from Camden via U.S. 1. Enjoy the ride along the scenic highway, park for free at Oceanside East High School and take a free shuttle bus to the festival. The shuttles run every 30 minutes.

Craft Breweries in Mid-Coast Maine

The Mid-coast Maine region is home to some of the best breweries in Maine — a state well-known for delicious craft ales and lagers.  Whether you’re just visiting or you’ve been here a while, a day spent sampling suds from these local breweries is never a mistake.  Listed below are three located in a close proximity to Camden! (Please drink responsibly.)

 

ROCK HARBOR PUB AND BREWERY

Owner/Operator Dan Pease seized an opportunity to bring great pub fare and craft beer to this ever-growing food-centered city of Rockland.  Two years later in 2011, Rock Harbor Brewing Company was born.  With the brewery up and running for more than six years now, Rock Harbor has between 5 and 10 of their own beers on tap at all times.  Rock Harbor has become a must-see when you visit Rockland.  Dan brews beer almost daily to keep up with the local demand.  Stop in for a burger, a beer flight, a pint, or a brewery tour.  (We hear that the fried pickles are worth trying as well!)

MARSHALL WHARF BREWING COMPANY

Located on the waterfront in beautiful downtown Belfast, Marshall Wharf offers 17 draft lines dedicated to their own beers.  The brewery store and tasting room is currently open every day except Monday and they sell fill and sell growlers to go.  Three Tides, located right next door is owned by the same Belfast couple also offers Marshall Wharf beer and has a tasty tapas menu. 

 

LIBERTY CRAFT BREWING

Offering small batch micro brews made using a unique wood fired system, Liberty Brewing offers a rotation of 24 premium beers.  Located in Liberty and overlooking the Camden Hills, this small town brewery offers 6 of their beers on draft at a time along with burgers, brats and panini.s.   On Saturday’s in season, they offer wood fired pizza and live music.

 

Also…The Maine Beer Trail: Visit breweries, get rewarded.  Established in 2009, the Maine Beer Trail spotlights the high quality and creative diversity of fresh, hand-crafted, Maine-made beer. The purpose of the Trail is to give visitors a unique way to enjoy the vibrant micro and craft brewing industry found throughout the state. The Maine Beer Trail is an easy to follow brochure that can be used throughout the state to find nearby pubs and breweries. When we launched in 2009, there were about 25 breweries on the trail. Today there are more than 80 breweries that welcome visitors all around the state. Hit the Maine Beer Trail and get rewarded!