Ways to Purchase Maine Products

Looking to purchase fresh produce and locally crafted foods, beverages, and more? We’ve narrowed down your search to places where you can find all these Real Maine products. As you travel the state, you’re likely to find farm stores, co-ops, farmers’ markets, and other local food venues in many communities. Keep an eye out and you’ll also see locally grown and produced foods in area restaurants, markets, and specialty shops. Here are some terms that you’ll often see in relation to food shopping:

A woman standing in front of her homemade pies which can be ordered by phone

Phone Orders

Many farms, food businesses, and others accept orders by phone for pickup or delivery. Check the business’s website for information.

Jars of homemade multicolored jams and jellies

Local Delivery to Home

Opportunities for home delivery vary by community, with more options appearing all the time. Some farms use a local service (like Belfast Delivers) and others may deliver certain products or during certain times of the year.

A dairy farmstand in Maine while is open for business

Farm Stand

These are typically more informal, and often have no staff. Produce and other goods are displayed, and shoppers make their selections and leave payments in a lockbox on the honor system.

Farmers’ Market

Each member of a farmers’ market sets up their own booth to sell products they grew or produced. Maine has summer, winter, and year-round markets.

Four women at a Farmers' Market buying vegetables

Maine Senior FarmShare

More than 100 farms participate in MSFP, a USDA-funded program to provide eligible seniors with a $50 farm share at no charge. Seniors apply to participate with an authorized farm each spring.

Retail Location

Many Real Maine members have retail locations either at their venue or off site. Some offer tasting rooms, prepared foods, or cafe service.

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Famous Maine

Many Maine agricultural products can be readily found across the region and across the country. Real Maine goodness can be found in specialty stores, mass retailers, restaurants, and catalogues almost everywhere you go.

CSA

“”Community Supported Agriculture” is a phrase used to describe programs that let consumers pre-buy agricultural products such as produce, meats, and flowers. This benefits the farmer’s early season cash flow, and often results in a cost savings for consumers. 

Debit-Style CSA Program

Consumers purchase a set quantity of product in advance, then select what they want over the course of the season, spending down their CSA balance. (Often this style of CSA is implemented at a farmers’ market or farm stand.) 

Farmer-Select CSA Program

In a farmer-select CSA program, the farmer selects the products (e.g. mixed seasonal produce, flower bouquets, cheese selections, etc.) which are included each week’s share. These programs vary widely in length, product, and season.

Online Sales for Delivery

Some producers offer online sales with mail (UPS, FedEx, etc…) delivery. There are also opportunities to order curated collections (such as the Victory Cheese Box from Local Goods Gathered).

Online Sales for Pickup

This is a relatively new model that many producers developed in 2020. Shoppers select the products they wish to purchase via a website or emailed order form, then pick the product up at the store, farm, or farmers’ market.