Many restaurants serve farm-to-table fare. But now you can go straight to the source to have your meal, as a growing number of farmers in Maine are starting shops, restaurants, and cafés that serve produce and meats raised in their barns and grown in their fields.
It’s a win-win for everyone: Diners get not only fine, just-picked meals but also pastoral settings and glorious views; family farms reap financial benefits to help them stay in business.
“I always knew I wanted to do something at the farm around food,” says Gloria Varney of Nezinscot Farm in Turner, Maine. “Creating the diversity of micro-businesses at Nezinscot Farm is one of the important tools in allowing us to stay in this business. It is key to keeping farms alive in New England.”
The mostly made-from-scratch fare at Nezinscot and other farm restaurants ranges from home-style cooking and comfort foods to Culinary Institute of America–trained chefs and a two-time James Beard Award winner. Here’s a look at places in Maine serving fresh from the field or garden meals right on the farm.