Living in midcoast Maine feels very full and prosperous at times. Yes the winters are long, dark and cold, but I think that makes for spring and summer and fall to be so much the better. We are quite fortunate to be surrounded by some lovely farms and farmers. In the kitchen we are committed to buying local and organic produce even if it means a higher price. We generally support at least 5 farms and maybe more when someone ambles in with an armful of garlic scapes or too much zucchini. It was something I wanted to committ to when we first started out on this adventure. Much of our produce comes from Morning Dew Farm, morningdeworganic.com in Newcastle, Maine. They are right over the bridge and not only do they bring us lovely produce they usually come in as customers to chat and drink coffee. Another farm out on Westport Island is the lovely Squire Tar Box Farm, tarboxfarm.com. Kyle and Angie along with their two kiddos work on this farm and travel to markets and restaurants. We also get produce and berries for Swango, swangofarm.com and Goransons farm, goransonfarm.me. As I mentioned our availibilty of produce is overwhelming in the summer, but very lucky for us with our growing produce needs for both the store and catering events. One other farm who we purchase from has partnered with us for the summer and into the fall to provide produce for customers. Now when stopping at Treats for pantry items, baked goods and coffee, you will also be able to get produce on Fridays and Saturdays. Beth from Dandelion Springs Farm in Newcastle dandelionspringfarm.wordpress.com and I, along with Lee Straw were sitting at our harvest table this winter during a blizzard. Beth and I were sharing visions of our business and fairly soon it was evident that we could make a good team by joining together with space and produce. This is all very exciting for us and for you as a customer and we hope you enjoy the convenience and freshness of the local and organic procuce that will be available to you, both to buy and to to enjoy in our food!
“Good farmers, who take seriously their duties as stewards of Creation and of their land's inheritors, contribute to the welfare of society in more ways than society usually acknowledges, or even knows. These farmers produce valuable goods, of course; but they also conserve soil, they conserve water, they conserve wildlife, they conserve open space, they conserve scenery.”
― Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: Writings on Farming and Food