When there is not much snow on the ground during winter weekends, our family finds ourselves hunting for accessible adventures. We found a road trip to a new-to-us weekend farmers’ market is always a highlight. There’s a thrill to discovering local farms and artisans. All of us enjoy chatting with vendors, sampling new foods, and of course, shopping for all nature of good things. For MP and DP, a visit to a local market is also a welcome respite from our weekly grocery store visits.
From Berwick to Orono, here are some weekend markets that are worth the trip:
Berwick Town Hall
11 Sullivan Square
Every 3rd Sunday through April, 10-1:30 p.m.
This diversified market has over 15 vendors. Highlights include demos from local chefs, organic greens, Maine made soaps, authentic Lebanese food and a sweet market tote for just $5.
With over 20 diverse vendors, this is a vibrant Saturday market. We like Pork Beach Sauce Co. BBQ sauces, which include flavors like Caribbean Heat and Coconut Lime. If you have a pup at home, Brownie’s Barkery is a good resource for dog biscuits. You’ll also discover special treats like homemade hummus, pitas and a rich, buttery baklava.
Saco River Market
40 Main Street (inside Pepperell Center)
Saturdays year-round, 9-12:30 p.m.
We love everything about this indoor market, from its spacious mill setting to the unique vendors selling Greek olive oils, fresh fish, homemade jams, tea and more delicious choices. Visit here if you’d like to learn more about our experience.
Old Hamlin School Gym
496 Ocean Street
Sundays 10-2 p.m. through April
This tiny but mighty market is worth a visit if you’re nearby. Go for freshly made corn tortillas, Gluten-free baked goods, grass-fed meats, and veggies from Alewive’s Brook Farm in Cape Elizabeth.
84 Cove Street
Saturdays 9-1 p.m. through April
At the Portland market, you’ll find over 20 vendors and producers that offer root veggies, eggs and maple syrup (to name a few). The Swallowtail Cafe serves up herbal remedies, sandwiches, baked goods and bulletproof coffee for tired parents.
Fort Andross Mill
14 Maine Street
Saturdays 9-12:30 p.m. through April
We love this great big market that boasts over 50 vendors! You can grab breakfast, get your shopping done for the week, take a coffee break and listen to live music. We have a few favorites here, but if you go, don’t miss the beautiful breads from Zu Bakery in South Freeport. If you’re curious, you can learn about our visit to the Brunswick market here.
Bath Freight Shed
27 Commercial Street
Saturdays, 9-noon through April
Located in a historic building that dates back to 1890, the Bath market offers a wonderful variety of vendors, including a gluten-free bakery, artisanal cheese maker and farms focusing on organic meats and produce.
130 East Avenue
Every other Sunday, 10 -1 p.m. through February
One of the things we love about local markets is that you can shop for thoughtful gifts in addition to food. Lewiston’s creative market makes this possible with a variety of vendors who focus on handmade crafts and jewelry. You’ll also find standard market fare like jams, baked goods and organic vegetables.
Old Standish Lodge
22 Ossippee Trail West
Every other Saturday, 9-1 p.m. through April
Your family can find some unique standouts at this market, including wildly popular English muffins from Sweet & Savory Bakehouse in Limerick. We also like jarred sauerkraut from Standish producer, Gracie’s Garden and dried herbs from Sweet Relief Farm in Steep Falls.
United Methodist Church
214 Main Street (behind Reny’s)
Saturdays 8-1 p.m. through April
Word on the street is the cinnamon buns at this market are delicious (and go fast). Visit for local produce, crafts, home goods and live music.
Farmington Grange Hall
124 Bridge Street
Saturdays, 10-1 p.m. through April
You can find locally raised beef, organic eggs, pies, jams and baked goods at the Farmington market. A bonus surprise? There’s a convenient shoe repair stop where you can get handbags, purses, belts and shoes made as good as new.
Mainescape Garden Shop
48 South Street
Saturdays, 9:30-noon through May.
There’s no better way to spend a chilly winter Saturday than in a sunny greenhouse filled with delicious local goods.
Sea Dog Brewing Co.
26 Front Street
Every first and third Sunday, 11-1 p.m. through April
The market in Bangor is smaller during the winter months, but still bustling. Visit for root veggies, local meats, cider and dairy products from Rollins Orchard (fans especially enjoy the creamy butter, churned by hand in small batches).
PS: If you can’t make the Sunday market, there is also a European Market on Saturdays in Bangor from 8:30-noon (117 Buck Street). Shop for homemade Mediterranean dishes and more enticing world foods, plus delicious donuts and local produce.
144 Madison Avenue
Every first and third Saturday, 10-1 p.m. through April
While the Skowhegan market is smaller in winter, there are still fantastic choices to be had for shoppers. Stop by for homemade ricotta cheese, heirloom apples, organic vegetables, meats and eggs.
Parking between Mill and Pine Street (near Pat’s Pizza)
Every second and fourth Saturday, 9-noon through April
Yes, this is a winter market that is held outdoors (a recent newsletter highlighted ways to stay warm while shopping), and remarkably, over 2 dozen farmers and artisans participate. We’re especially drawn to the made to order crepes from Enchanted Kitchen and Farm House organic coffee.
For more winter markets, including those that take place during the work week, visit here.