These Are The 10 Best Farmers Markets In Maine For 2018


These are the best farmers markets the state of Maine offers.

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Who doesn’t love a great Farmers Market?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the popularity of Farmers Markets is growing. What was once a niche shopping experience for the wealthy and ultra health conscious has become mainstream. And to appease the diverse populations that have shown interest in farmers markets, vendors have expanded their offerings. You can now get ice cream, homemade soap and even beer to go along with your organic beets and mushrooms.

And they aren’t just popular in liberal enclaves and on the west coast.

Farmers markets are booming in areas that had trouble making inroads in the past. 20 years ago, you’d never think you’d find farmers’ markets in Kansas City, Detroit or St. Louis.

Simply put, farmers markets aren’t just for farmers any more.

So, where are the best farmers’ markets in Maine? We’ve got the answers here. (We’ll explain our methodology below.)

These are the best Maine farmers markets:

  1. Rockland Farmers’ Market, Rockland, ME
  2. United Farmers Market Of Maine, Belfast, ME
  3. Kennebunk Farmers’ Market, Kennebunk, ME
  4. No View Farm & Bakery Coop, Rumford, ME
  5. Skowhegan Farmers Market, Skowhegan, ME
  6. Belfast Farmers’ Market, Belfast, ME
  7. Kittery Community Market, Kittery, ME
  8. Auburn Farmers’ Market, Auburn, ME
  9. Scarborough Farmers’ Market, Scarborough, ME
  10. Western Maine Farmers Coop, Rumford, ME

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each market ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably live in one of these cities where things are oh-so farmers market friendly.

And after you find a great farmers market, check out the best places to live in Maine or the cheapest place to live in Maine.

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How do you decide if a farmers market is awesome or not in Maine?

In order to rank the best farmers markets in Maine, we had to determine what criteria makes for a good market experience. It isn’t a stretch to assume that great farmers’ markets have a variety of options, are up to date with the latest technology, and are in areas with decent populations. Because everyone should be able to take home some homemade jam, right?

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Pine Tree State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Department of Agriculture data produced for the state of Maine, along with the government census numbers, we looked at every single farmers market in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Number of amenities
  • Each market’s technology improvements
  • Variety of items to buy
  • Nearby population
  • Number of organic vendors

We then gave each market a HomeSnacks Score. The higher the score, the better the farmer’s market ranked. What we found is there seems to be a balanced number of large farmers markets near major city centers as well as awesome farmers markets in smaller communities. That’s the way it should be!

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1. Rockland Farmers’ Market

Rockland Farmers' Market -- Rockland, ME

Source: Public Domain

Score: 85.7
City: Rockland, ME
Address: Harbor Park, Rockland, ME 4841
Times: Thu: 8:30 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

2. United Farmers Market Of Maine

United Farmers Market Of Maine -- Belfast, ME

Source: Public Domain

Score: 77.1
City: Belfast, ME
Address: 18 Spring Street, Belfast, ME 4915
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

3. Kennebunk Farmers’ Market

Kennebunk Farmers' Market -- Kennebunk, ME

Source: Public Domain

Score: 77.1
City: Kennebunk, ME
Address: Lafayette Center, 4 Main St, Kennebunk, ME 4043
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM- Sun: 1:00 AM-

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

4. No View Farm & Bakery Coop

No View Farm & Bakery Coop -- Rumford, ME

Source: Public Domain

Score: 77.1
City: Rumford, ME
Address: 855 S Rumford Rd, Rumford, ME 4276
Times: Fri: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM Sat: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM Sun: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

5. Skowhegan Farmers Market

Skowhegan Farmers Market -- Skowhegan, ME

Source: Public Domain

Score: 74.3
City: Skowhegan, ME
Address: 42 Court street, Skowhegan, ME 4976
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

6. Belfast Farmers’ Market

Belfast Farmers' Market -- Belfast, ME

Source: Public Domain

Score: 74.3
City: Belfast, ME
Address: 256 High St., Belfast, ME 4915
Times: Fri: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

7. Kittery Community Market

Kittery Community Market -- Kittery, ME

Source: Public Domain

Score: 71.4
City: Kittery, ME
Address: 10 Shapleigh Road, Kittery, ME 3904
Times: Sun: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

8. Auburn Farmers’ Market

Auburn Farmers' Market -- Auburn, ME

Source: Public Domain

Score: 68.6
City: Auburn, ME
Address: 67 Mill Street, Auburn, ME 4210
Times: Tue: 4:00 PM-7:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

9. Scarborough Farmers’ Market

Scarborough Farmers' Market -- Scarborough, ME

Source: Public Domain

Score: 68.6
City: Scarborough, ME
Address: 259 U. S. Route One, Scarborough, ME 4070
Times: Sun: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

10. Western Maine Farmers Coop

Western Maine Farmers Coop -- Rumford, ME

Source: Public Domain

Score: 68.6
City: Rumford, ME
Address: Rt 2 Abbott Farm Plaza, Rumford, ME 4276
Times: Thu: 2:00 PM-6:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: N
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

There You Have It – The Best Farmers Markets In Maine

If you’re looking for a breakdown of farmers’ markets in the Pine Tree State ranked by criteria that vendors and customers agree on, this is an accurate list.

For more Maine reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Farmers Markets In Maine

Name City Rank Score
Rockland Farmers’ Market Rockland 1 85.7
United Farmers Market Of Maine Belfast 2 77.1
Kennebunk Farmers’ Market Kennebunk 3 77.1
No View Farm & Bakery Coop Rumford 4 77.1
Skowhegan Farmers Market Skowhegan 5 74.3
Belfast Farmers’ Market Belfast 6 74.3
Kittery Community Market Kittery 7 71.4
Auburn Farmers’ Market Auburn 8 68.6
Scarborough Farmers’ Market Scarborough 9 68.6
Western Maine Farmers Coop Rumford 10 68.6
Farmers’ Market At Mill Park Augusta 11 65.7
Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Farmers’ Market At Crystal Spring Farm Brunswick 12 65.7
Bridgton Farmers Market Bridgton 13 65.7
Portland Farmers’ Market- Monument Square Portland 14 62.9
Brewer Farmers’ Market Brewer 15 62.9
Sunrise County Farmers’ Market Calais 16 62.9
Dover Cove Farmers’ Market Dover-Foxcroft 17 62.9
Portland Farmers’ Market- Deering Oaks Park Portland 18 60.0
Ohio Street Farmers’ Market Bangor 19 60.0
Orono Farmers Market Orono 20 60.0
Ellsworth Farmers Market Ellsworth 21 60.0
Gardiner Farmers Market Gardiner 22 60.0
Presque Isle Farmers Market Presque Isle 23 57.1
Ellsworth Farmers Market Ellsworth 24 57.1
Bangor Farmers’ Market Bangor 25 54.3
Saco Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market Saco 26 54.3
Bucksport Bay Farmers’ Market Bucksport 27 54.3
Norway Farmers Market Norway 28 54.3
Portland Farmers’ Market- Indoor Winter Market Portland 29 51.4
Houlton Community Market Houlton 30 51.4
Bar Harbor Eden Farmers’ Market Bar Harbor 31 51.4
Bath Winter And Summer Market Bath 32 45.7
Caribou Farmers Market Caribou 33 45.7
Lewiston Farmers’ Market Lewiston 34 42.9
Greater Gorham Farmers Market Gorham 35 42.9
Fairfield Farmers’ Market Fairfield 36 42.9
Pittsfield Farmers’ Market Pittsfield 37 40.0
Berwick Winter Farmers’ Market Berwick 38 40.0
Lewiston Farmers’ Market Lewiston 39 31.4
Augusta Farmers’ Market At Mill Park Augusta 40 11.4
Cumberland Farmers Market Falmouth 41 2.9
Falmouth Farmers Market Falmouth 42 2.9
Greater Androscoggin Farmers’ And Artisans’ Market – St. Maryâ??s Hospital Lewiston 43 0.0
Westbrook Farmers’ Market Westbrook 44 0.0
Downtown Waterville Farmers’ Market Waterville 45 0.0
Reny’s Farmers’ Market Belfast 46 0.0
Gorham Farmers’s Market Gorham 47 0.0
Farmington Farmers Market Farmington 48 0.0
Sandy River Farmers Market Farmington 49 0.0
Lincoln Farmers’ Market Lincoln 50 0.0
Hallowell Market Hallowell 51 0.0

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