Sep 12th, 2014
Fall is New England is one of the most beautiful seasons. The pace of summer begins to slow as kids go back to school and the weather cools. Of course, the onset of fall means that winter is right behind, but there’s plenty to enjoy before the inevitable snow fall. Here’s Maine Foodie Tours’ list of fall favorites, whether you’re visiting Maine for some leaf peeping or are a lifelong Mainer.
1. Shop the farmers’ market
The farmers’ market in the fall is the best place to find the produce of both summer and fall seasons. There’s peaches and corn! Peppers and cherry tomatoes! But there’s also early-season apples, winter squash, brussel sprouts, and honey! Make the most of two seasons of produce by preparing these 4 easy fall meals from Bon Appetit.
2. Pick apples or attend an apple tasting
Maine has a rich variety of heirloom apples that go well beyond Red Delicious and Granny Smith. Local apple orchards offer pick-your-own apples, by-the-pound specials of Cortlands, Paula Reds, Ginger Golds, Macs, and Empires. Plus: donuts. We have it on good authority that Thompson’s Orchard in New Gloucester has the best apple cider donuts. Find apple orchards near you from the Maine State Pomological Society.
3. Hike and picnic
While hiking isn’t necessarily an activity centered around eating and drinking, if you pick a moderate to easy hike with views of the Maine countryside, there’s no reason you can’t also bring along a good picnic. Stock up on smoked salmon (and a bottle of wine for later) at Browne Trading Company. Get some prepared salads and cookies at Aurora Provisions and head to Freeport to hike Bradbury Mountain. In the midcoast area, snag sandwiches like bahn mi made with local meats at Maine Street Meats in Rockport. Then head up Mt. Battie in Camden for beautiful views of Penobscot Bay.
4. Dine in a farm field
Maine farms have hit their prime now that it’s September, and many offer the chance to dine amongst the kale and flowers. Look for on-the-farm dinners at Portland Food Map’s Events Calendar, but in particular, Graze series at Pineland Farms, Winter Hill Farm, and Flanagan’s Table.
5. Attend Harvest on the Harbor
Maine’s premiere food and drink scene is held on the Portland waterfront every October. Whether you attend the grand tasting, the lobster chef of the year competition or the blues, brews, and barbecues event, you’ll be sure to sample some of Maine’s finest fare from chefs using the best ingredients they can find.
6. Take a Maine Foodie Tour
Otherwise overwhelmed by all the great options for meals and snacks in Maine? Think there’s no what you can eat at all the great places you’ve been reading about? Let a Maine Foodie Tour entertain you this fall with behind-the-scene stories of Portland’s food and drink scene while you taste your way across Portland, Kennebunk, and Bar Harbor.