Brunswick Winter Market

Determined to get out of the house on a rainy Saturday, the team visited the Brunswick Winter Market. The market, which takes place in the Fort Andross Mill, is one of our favorites. There is so much to choose from here, including organic root vegetables, greens, outstanding cheeses, baked bean dinners and fresh fish.

Beautiful apples from Lakeside Orchards in Manchester

MP and DP stopped at the Moses Dyer Coffee company first. The Harpswell-based company makes a variety of organic and fair trade coffees, which are available by the pound. It’s certainly a popular spot. There was a small crowd gathered around the booth.

Once MP and DP had our coffees in hand, we watched a wonderful bluegrass band perform. There are a few tables available for visitors to sit and listen. Both kids were delighted to hear the band play Johnny Cash’s “My Grandfather’s Clock” and “Big River.”

This talented quartet raises money for the Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport

After our coffee break, we shopped the market. MP was glad she brought a shopping list along—there are so many wonderful booths here, it’s easy to be tempted. Case in point: the impressive Gryffon Ridge Spice Merchants offer organic spices from around the world. Their latest blend? Lebanese Za’atar (a thyme, oregano, and savory blend) for use on meats and vegetables.

We found colorful organic carrots for roasting at Six River Farm’s stand, plus one beautiful rutabaga:

Next to Six River Farm, MP and CP#1 came across Delilah Pottery. Bowdoinham potter Sara Cox makes a variety of brightly patterned bowls and vessels, as well as colorful buttons and felt barrettes.

CP#1 would take one in every color if she could….

MP and DP’s favorite stop was Zu Bakery. Barak Olins’ gorgeous artisanal breads are baked in a wood-fired brick oven out of a barn in South Freeport. Each loaf is as satisfying as it is beautiful. And Olins provides generous samples to shoppers. Smart. His breads are impossible to resist.

CP#1 and #2 spent a lot of time chatting with Nicole Carter from Upper Farm Alpacas in Pownal. She offers beautiful yarns at her shop, as well as socks, mittens and super soft Peruvian teddy bears. The kids loved watching her spin wool.

We left the market with bags and bellies stuffed with good food. And best of all, we’ll be able to enjoy the bounty throughout the week.

Do you have a favorite market? Tell us and it could become a future post!

The Brunswick Winter Market
Saturdays-April 30
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fort Andross Mill Complex

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