Maine Local Foods

Hand holding Maine lobster roll in front of water

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From plump steamed lobster to truly wild blueberries, Maine is full of delicious local foods. Learn about the local food of Maine below with an introduction to Maine's seasonal produce, food festivals, farmers markets, and more

  • 01 of 07

    Maine Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

    Woman holding Maine's seasonal produce in basket

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    Maine's growing season is short, but seasonal local fruit and vegetables are widely available from late spring through late fall if you know where to look.

  • 02 of 07

    Maine Farmers Markets

    Little Gem Lettuce

    Molly Watson

    Farmers markets are thick on the ground in Maine—at least during the growing season.

  • 03 of 07

    Maine Blueberries

    Blueberries in bowl on wooden plank

    Molly Watson

    Maine is famous for its wild blueberries. Plenty of small growers have made use of the native plant and cultivate blueberries, too. There are plenty of farms to pick from:

    Or, just go nuts for blueberries at one of the various blueberry festivals held throughout the state on various August weekends:

  • 04 of 07

    Maine Lobster

    Fresh lobster from Maine

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    A sweet and succulent Maine lobster is, by many people's consideration, the very height of good eating. If you live in Maine, you probably have a good lobster source figured out already, For visitors, though, the New England expert recommends Pine Point Fisherman's Co-Op for fresh, Maine lobster. Once you have your lobster in hand, you just need to know how to cook and eat it. Dip it in melted butter and bless the state of Maine.

    The Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine every summer is famous.

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  • 05 of 07

    Maine Vodka

    Cold River Blueberry Vodka

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    Maine Distilleries makes Cold River classic vodka, blueberry vodka, and traditional gin from Maine potatoes. Potato vodka and gin have delightfully more body than the more common grain alcohols.

  • 06 of 07

    Maine Munchies

    Close up shot of dried blueberries

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    Maine Munchies are snack mixes heavily influenced by dried berries—dried wild blueberries are regarded as the best. They're made in Bar Harbor and found throughout New England.

  • 07 of 07

    Maine Local Food Resources

    The Maine Summers cookbook

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    There is a lot going on local foods-wise in Maine. If you're looking for inspiration and like-minded folk, start with one of these organizations:

    Or, for great recipe ideas that capture the taste of Maine, take a look at The Maine Summer Cookbook: Recipes for Delicious, Sun-Filled Days by Linda Greenlaw and Martha Greenlaw.