Maine Gardens to Visit for Mother’s Day

For Mother’s Day this year, MP’s wish is for good weather and a breakfast visit to a local garden with coffee, croissants and a book in hand. If you’re also a mom in search of Sunday morning serenity, here are a few favorite Maine gardens to enjoy plus a few fun events for the weekend:

Bresca & the Honey Bee on Outlet Beach

Update: While Bresca & the Honey Bee no longer serve food at the beach, families are welcome to bring a picnic lunch. Ice cream is still available. If you return to the area in the fall, be sure to check out The Purple House in North Yarmouth, a lovely cafe serving breakfast and lunch.  Bresca was MP’s favorite restaurant in …

Strawberry Festival Desserts

Every summer, without fail, our family goes to the New Gloucester Strawberry Festival. We make sure to eat a light dinner, so our bellies can handle the humongous desserts that the volunteers at the festival so lovingly create.

Wreath Making 101

Last Christmas, CP#1 and MP signed up for a kids’ wreath making workshop at O’Donals Nursery in Gorham. The nursery provides decorative greens and wreath making supplies for a small fee. When we arrived, there were long tables filled with boughs of White Pine, Cedar, and Balsam. Jeff O’Donal, our patient instructor, showed us how to arrange the greens in a fan …

Finding the Perfect Pumpkin

Note: The Wilcox Family retired from pumpkin farming in 2014. Check out what they’re doing with the farm in this Boston Globe feature. Every autumn, the team visits Intervale Farm in New Gloucester to select our pumpkins (both edible and ornamental). The historic farm is simply gorgeous this time of year. There are over 80 varieties of pumpkins, winter squash …

Make Dad’s Day

We’ve been trying to come up with something to surprise Dad Potato on Father’s Day. It’s hard. Last year, we made him Viva El Papa t-shirts. This year we’re considering a Dad Rocks theme, but our glittery guitar card didn’t turn out as planned. Thankfully, Mom Potato came across a few last minute possibilities to suit all Daddy types: The …

Party at Pineland Farms

Last week, the Cute Potato gang celebrated a friend’s first birthday with a tour of Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. The kids were introduced to the farm’s calves and their (very large) milking mamas. Besides the cupcakes and ice cream, the highlight was meeting a calf that was just six hours old. She was a little wobbly, but even with …