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Spring is finally here and with this welcome new season comes a statewide celebration of all things maple. To help you decide where to go with your family, we scoured 81 listings to find some of the most unique places to visit.

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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:

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On a bright, January Sunday, we visited Ten Apple Farm in Gray for an hour-long goat hike in the woods. Owners Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz and their young daughters—Charlotte, Bea and Sadie—care for a herd of Alpine dairy goats that live in a big red barn attached to the family’s 1901 clapboard farmhouse.

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Photo courtesy Ten Apple Farm

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It’s May! Finally. Our lawn is becoming greener, flowering trees are in bloom, and there are daffodils sprouting up everywhere. Last year, to celebrate this greening of our landscape, we traveled to Broadturn Farm in Scarborough for a May Day celebration. MP has long admired the farm for its beautiful flowers and farm-based educational programs. She couldn’t wait to visit with the kids and Grandma Cookie.

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Our dear friends were in town for a few days last week. We celebrated their final evening in Maine at the Wolfe’s Neck Farm Family Farm Feast. The Freeport-based, farm-to-table dinner featured local fare from two of our favorite restaurants, Gather and Frontier, plus music from North of Nashville. We loved the idea of a farm dinner devoted to families, and couldn’t wait to see what was in store.

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One of the things we love best about our new home is its close proximity to some incredible farms and orchards. The team recently stopped by Sunflower Farm & Creamery in Cumberland to visit with their newest baby goats. Owners Hope and Chris Hall regularly open the farm to visitors, so children and adults can enjoy spending time with the babies. And boy, did we ever.

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Clearly, the Cute Potato kids were smitten. They asked MP and DP multiple times if we could bring one home. MP suggested we visit the farm more often!

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Sara Sullivan is a Yarmouth-based, certified nutritionist, who you may have spotted on Good Day Maine. MP discovered Sara’s healthy, family-friendly recipes on Facebook. She became an instant fan after trying Sara’s Mango Coconut Smoothie (made with 1 cup of spinach) for an after school snack. To MP’s delight, CP#2—who is afraid of green vegetables—loved it!

Sara recently launched a beautiful new web site, where you can find everyday healthy tips, and more inspired recipes on her blog. We’re thrilled to have Sara guest blogging for us today, and we can’t wait to try her new take on Apple Crisp! Take it away, Sara….

Autumn’s glory is upon us!

I don’t know about you, but I am loving the cool air, the brilliant colors of the trees, and of course, the seasonal delicacies. I find that going apple picking, drinking fresh cider, and baking crisp apple chips just feels right this time of year.

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