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Friday lunch menu features farm-to-table meals


Starting November 6, visitors to the Midcoast Winter Farmers’ Market will be able to enjoy luncheon meals created by Chef Jenn Legnini from locally produced food. Chef Jenn’s market cafe will make this the first farmers’ market in Maine with a sit-down restaurant. Chef Jenn says, “Collaboration between farmers and chefs is empowering the food community in Maine and I am proud to be part of this movement.” She has organized farm-to-table dinners in Montana and Maine and currently operates Turtle Rock Farm, a craft cannery, in Brunswick.


The Midcoast Winter Farmers’ Market worked with the Sagadahoc Agricultural & Horticultural Society to arrange for the use of their licensed kitchen at the Topsham Fairgrounds. Market President Cathy Karonis of Fairwinds Farm says, “The Exhibition Hall at the Topsham Fairgrounds with its kitchen is an ideal spot for a market cafe during our Friday farmers’ market. Our members have had a good crop year and we’re excited to see how Chef Jenn transforms our harvest into delicious meals.”


The Sagadahoc Agricultural & Horticultural Society has a long history of supporting local agriculture and local food production. The society has coordinated the annual Topsham Fair since 1855, when the admission fee was ten cents and a prize was given for the best barrel of cider. Leon Brillant, President of the Sagadahoc Agricultural & Horticultural Society, commented, “The Midcoast Winter Farmers’ Market with a market cafe included is a great addition to our Exhibition Hall schedule and strengthens our ties to local agriculture.”

The Midcoast Winter Farmers’ Market opens on Friday, November 6, at 1 PM in the Exhibition Hall at the Topsham Fairgrounds. The market is open from 1 PM to 5 PM on Friday afternoons from November through April. The market is accessed from the Topsham Bypass (Route 196) or from Elm Street (Route 24) using the Topsham Fair entrances. There is plenty of parking and the Exhibition Hall entrances are at ground level, making it easy for handicapped access.


Market President Cathy Karonis adds, “We are a producer’s market – everything sold here is grown or processed or handmade by our members. You will discover many items here that are simply not available in supermarkets. Our members bring their finest quality to each weekly market.”


Market visitors enjoy live music while tasting delicious, locally produced food and supporting the local farmers and artisans who make up this farmers market community.

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