Where to Find Weekend Markets in Maine

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 …

Portland Schooner Co.

We had a lot to celebrate over the weekend: the end of the school year, Father’s Day, plus our friend and neighbor’s 40th birthday. To kick off the festivities, we took an afternoon sailing trip with the Portland Schooner Co. A group of us boarded the Bagheera—a 1920’s, wooden schooner that sails from Portland Harbor into the Casco Bay. The …

Sweet Marguerites

Note: Sweet Marguerites closed in September 2013. MP celebrated her birthday yesterday, and one of the stops on her wish included Sweet Marguerites in South Portland. The sophisticated artisanal chocolate shop and café is owned by Marguerite (Meg) Swoboda. The accomplished chocolatier sells her delicious treats to customers across the United States. Isaac Mizrahi, Real Simple magazine, and American Idol are …

Handmade Dolls by Jean Fink

MP was shopping at the Center for Maine Craft’s new location in South Portland and discovered the wonderful work of Jean Fink. The Unity-based fiber artist makes sweet, little dolls using wool from her farm’s sheep. In addition to dolls, Jean also makes cotton baby dresses in colorful, geometric prints and coordinating “bloomies” to wear underneath. Don’t you love handmade …

The Cute Potato Frugal Find

Cute Potato #1 wasn’t feeling herself today, so half of our gang was housebound. Dad and CP #2 decided to check out the new Goodwill store in South Portland, and they came home with a surprise… a kids’ Radio Flyer wheelbarrow for $5 (we spotted it on Amazon for $29). It’s in great condition and the kids are excited to …

Children’s Room Resources in Maine

Last week, Cute Potato asked where you found your favorite kids’ room furniture and accessories. One reader recommended the Yarmouth Clam Festival and we couldn’t agree more. Maine fairs and festivals are a great way to connect with local artisans. Can’t wait for summer festivals to start? Try the Etsy Maine Team for wall art and fun decor for your …

Another Frugal Find

Thanks to all of our readers for sharing their best bargains on kids’ toys and clothing. Our winner will be announced on Wednesday, along with a list of our favorite entries. In the mean time, we spotted this Where the Wild Things Are 36-piece floor puzzle by Mudpuppy for $3.99 at Lots for Tots in Falmouth. The same puzzle retails …