Spring’s fleeting whims have dictated some interesting bouts of weather, no doubt, with previews of sultry summer heat and a few whiz-bang storms to boot. Throughout it all, our faithful marketeers have gathered to provide you with quality local products. With Monday markets now afoot, from 3-6 p.m. in the parking lot of Rising Tide Community Market in Damariscotta, a few more vendors have joined the roster, adding their own unique and fabulous products to an already staggering array.
Dharma Farms in Washington uses two acres, hand tools, and an array of biointensive methods to bring you vibrant organic foods and medicines. Jeff and Abbey are deeply committed to the ethics and ideals of the organic food movement, and each delicious treasure the earth yields to their masterful hand is evidence of that. Available at only the Monday market, said treasures will start to include radishes, turnips, heavy greens, and bunched herbs – as dictated by the weather the season provides. Manifest in these two hardworking folks is the confluence of food and philosophy – and excellence ensues.
Speaking of excellence, I’d be remiss not to mention a new Monday-only marketeer: the justifiably well-known Oxbow Brewing Co. As an ardent beer fan myself, I’m tickled pink to have such a fine institution so nearby, and as an added bonus the brewery has started providing its wares at the market for which I work. Selections from the brewery’s extensive and enticing roster include: the flagship Farmhouse Pale Ale; the dry-hopped and citrus-imbued Grizacca; the hoppy saison, the Crossfade; and the intriguing Sasuga, which is fermented from rice. All of these and much, much more are available in the small rural tasting room in Newcastle. The entirety of the selections is far too exhaustive to list here. I don’t know about you, but I feel it’s a subject well worth further in-depth and firsthand research.