Maine has more than 5000 farmers and 110 summer farmers’ markets. Farms tend to be smaller than elsewhere, and more diversified (meaning each farm produces a wider array of products). This means that we can find a wealth of foods locally, whether it is somewhat exotic items like Asian greens or fresh wheat, or affordable staples like dairy products, meats, and produce.
The best way to learn about the food you see at the farmers’ market it to ask the farmer! Most are very interested in the foods they produce, and happy to share cooking and storage tips.