Arrayed around the town’s historic market square, the Calais Farmers’ Market features produce, flowers, baked goods, crafts, blueberries, maple syrup, preserves, and eggs. The market is just a stone’s throw from the St. Croix River, with plenty of street parking and in a public parking lot by the river. A covered gazebo overlooks the square, and offers shade on a sunny market day.
Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00pm, late June through mid-October. WIC accepted
Be sure to check out “Nexus”, a large granite sculpture (designed by artist Miles Chapin) adjacent to the market, which is part of the Schoodic International Sculpture Trail.
Directly across the street from the market is the Calais Free Library, which offers wifi access and sometimes exhibits local art. (There is also a public restroom in the library.)
Activities near the market:
Stroll down the street and you’ll find the Calais Waterfront Walkway, a scenic, 1.4 mile long walkway that extends in either direction along the St. Croix, with views of Canada across the river, and excellent bird-watching vantage points. The walkway follows the old Calais Railway bed, and extends from busy downtown to a very quiet, rural section, with views of both Calais and St. Stephen, New Brunswick. It is possible to cross the international bridge (with proper identification) and continue on trails in N as well.
While in the area, consider a visit to the Wabanaki Culture Center and Museum, also within walking distance of the farmers’ market. In the same building is a Maine Visitors Center, with helpful staff and plenty of free information about area attractions. (There are also public restrooms located in the Visitors Center.)
Wabanaki Culture Center and Museum
39 Union Street Calais, Maine 04619
Summer hours 8am-6pm, 7 days/week
Admission by donation