Here are links to Open Farm Day bike tour routes (thanks to Victor Langelo!)
12 mile route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40248692
Alt 1 25 miles: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40210923
Alt 2 25 miles: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40210791
Here's more on our 2022 Open Farm & Studio Day Participants:
1. BOWDOINHAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY 7 Brown Point Road www.bowdoinhamhistoricalsociety.org
Bowdoinham and Beyond: 1930-1960
Founded in 1970 by residents hoping to discover, study, preserve, and make available records and items from Bowdoinham’s past, the Bowdoinham Historical Society has played an important role in Town activities since that time. BHS owns 3 properties: The Meeting House and Carriage Shed at 7 Browns Point Rd, Jellerson School (2 Center Point Rd), Bowdoinham’s last 1-room school where we host classes in a living history 1910-11 school day, and Merrymeeting Hall at 27 Main St., open for BHS, Town, public, and private events. And activities. Our office and research room is on the lower level of Merrymeeting Hall. (Contact Betsy Steen firstname.lastname@example.org) BHS choses a theme each year to concentrate attention and programs on. This year it is Bowdoinham and Beyond: 1930-1960. This summer there is a display of 1930-1960 history, materials, daily life objects, arts, etc. at the Meeting House. Open 9 to 7 on 7/24 9-7 and Sundays 1-4 through August. As part of this display, Jellerson School will also be open.
2. STONECIPHER FARM 1186 River Road www.stonecipherfarm.com
Stonecipher Farm is a small mixed vegetable and fruit farm. We are certified organic, and practice no-till agriculture. We grow year-round thanks to our many greenhouses. We also specialize in ginger and turmeric. We put a lot of energy into creating a beautiful weed free farm, that supports many forms of life besides us humans. We propagate many perennial, bush and tree crops, and enjoy interplanting many kinds of crops into dense places, brimming with life, and highly complementary to the way nature nurtures itself and the ecosystem. We sell 7 days a week at our on-farm store, as well as to many (if not all ;) the best restaurants in Maine, and to area specialty grocers. Farm Store open 9 am – 6 pm
3. SIX RIVER FARM 52 Center Point Road www.sixriverfarm.com
Six River Farm is a certified organic vegetable farm located on the shores of Merrymeeting Bay in Bowdoinham. Started in 2007, it is owned and operated by Nate Drummond and Gabrielle Gosselin. We, along with our excellent employees, grow twenty-four acres of produce on a total of forty acres of farmland, a combination of owned and leased land. We grow a wide range of vegetables as well as herbs, berries, and cut flowers. Through season extension techniques, including the use of heated and unheated greenhouses, we are able to grow vegetables all year round. We offer our produce for sale year-round at our farm stand in Bowdoinham, at farmers markets in Brunswick, and at local grocery stores. 9 am – 12 pm Pick up a map at our farm stand for a self-guided walk along our home fields. (Please no dogs allowed if touring our farm, thank you.) Please, park by our farm stand.
4. CAMPO di FIORI 212 Fisher Road www.mainegardendesign.com
Campo di Fiori is a specialty nursery growing hardy wildflowers, ornamental grasses, and select cultivars. In creating the plant palette particular attention has been given to plants that are hardy, robust-growing, and low- maintenance while embodying a more natural or wild aesthetic. The majority of these plants have a long season of interest, and for that reason are particularly useful in keeping our gardens attractive from spring into winter. As both gardener and nature lover, Andrew’s goal is to inspire and encourage imagination in the art of garden creating with respect to the dynamic beauty and emotion of nature. 9am-3pm. Explore Andrew’s naturalistic gardens and nursery. Lynn Sternfels will be there with her beautiful jewelry and hand painted silk scarves. .
5. DANDELION SPRING FARM 961 Ridge Road www.dandelionspringfarm.com
Dandelion Spring Farm is a certified organic mixed vegetable & herb farm has been in production in the midcoast for 18 years. Beth Schiller joined the Bowdoinham community in 2018 when she purchased 85 acres of land, with beautiful ridges and soil of statewide agricultural importance. After purchasing the property, she sold an easement to Maine Farmland Trust, to forever protect the land. Tender salad greens and aromatic herbs are the baseline of Dandelion Spring, but they also grow thousands of pounds of carrots, cabbages, squash, and other roots and greens. Their products can be found at the farmers’ markets in Rockland and Portland, and at many natural food stores and restaurants along Maine’s coast.
10 am – 3 pm Come enjoy pizza, beer, art, and live music. For more information visit their website.
6. APPLE CREEK FARM 538 Millay Road www.applecreekfarm.me
Apple Creek Farm was established in 1985 by the Galle family. Now run by the second generation, Jake Galle and Abby Sadauckas, the farm is certified organic and produces grass-fed meats and eggs. Originally wooded, the farm now includes numerous pastures and wooded trails. The farmers raise chickens, cows, goats and sheep and the farm also produces eggs, meats, and sheepskins.
10 am-2 pm Come and meet the animals, enjoy activities for children or shop in the farm store. Visitors can either take a self-guided tour or join one led by the farmers. Dress for walking over uneven ground, bring a cooler and please leave your dogs at home
7. MAILLY WATERFRONT PARK: BBQ & CONCERTS
Come enjoy a fitting close to the day by the beautiful Cathance River enjoying BBQ prepared by the Food Pantry and Music provided by ShinDig and Off Their Rockers. Music starts at 3 pm with ShinDig followed by Off Their Rockers at 6pm. BBQ starts at 4 pm Cost: Donation
Menu: BBQ Chicken, biscuits, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, corn on the cob and blueberry cobbler
8. THE BOWDOINHAM FOOD PANTRY 9 Main Street www.bowdoinhamfoodpantry.org
Our mission at The Bowdoinham Food Pantry is to provide healthy and sustaining food, personal care products, and other needed household items to the people of Bowdoinham and Bowdoin in a compassionate, respectful manner. Our vision is everyone in our community has the information, resources, and sustenance they need to be food secure. Mutual aid is paramount to our philosophy. We invite all to enjoy the Pantry's Little Free Garden this year during Open Farm Day - the gardens were planned, constructed, planted, and tended by members of our community!
10 am – 3pm We will be highlighting our raised beds that were built utilizing hügelkultur and offering a craft for families. At noon we will be offering a FREE WORKSHOP on making your own organic fertilizer through the fermentation process (presenters: Chris Bement, organic farmer and Desiree Viviano, P-AC). The silent auction will run all day.
9. MERRYMEETING TRAIL BLAZERS Mailly Waterfront Park http://www.merrymeetingtrail.org/
The Merrymeeting Trailblazers are sponsoring the Explore Merrymeeting Bay Bike Tour, visiting the farms, and exploring the scenes of Open Farm Day. The ride will include up-to five farms covering 25 miles total. The ride will leave from Mailly Waterfront Park at 10 am. We'll start along the shores of Merrymeeting bay to Richmond's waterfront park, visiting two farms along the way. There is a turn-back option at the second farm for a 12-mile ride. We'll then continue to one of Bowdoin's newest farms and finish by visiting a diversified livestock farm. Or you can create your own ride and explore the farms at your pace. We will have a table with information about suggested bike routes at Mailly Waterfront Park from 9am to 3pm. Join us to explore the Bay and learn about Merrymeeting Trail!
10.ARTISTS OF EAST BOWDOINHAM 555 Browns Point Road (across from the entrance of Fairwinds Farm)
We welcome you to a gathering of four East Bowdoinham Artists! Brooke Knippa of AP Curiosities, Gallit Cavendish of Loveline Baskets, Caliope Cavendish of Caliope’s Creations, Hilary Olson of Forge in the Ferns and Kate Cutko of the Atomic Classroom invite you to see what they have been up to. Two vintage Airstream trailers and one big tent will house all of the magic.
Kate will have etched glassware for sale and other recycled crafts. She will let you step inside the Atomic Classroom to try your hand at glass etching too. Brooke will be offering pottery demonstrations throughout the day. A limited amount of ceramic jewelry and mugs will be available, in addition to a seconds sale with discontinued and imperfect pieces. Gallit will be offering a lovely assortment of rope baskets perfect for your home and your garden. Handmade right here in Bowdoinham. Calliope Cavendish, 11-year-old maker of Calliope's Creations will be offering a little mix of her work. Resin jewelry, hand drawn stickers, and fantasy inspired art. Hilary will have for display and sale some of her metal work for the yard, garden and home.
We look forward to seeing you from 10 am -3 pm
11. ENTERPRISE FARM 819 White Road www.facebook.com/Enterprise-Farm-Greenhouse-Farm-Stand
Jesse Harriman started Enterprise Farm in 1972 with roots in poultry farming, eventually, as the industry changed, he shifted to vegetable and flower farming. The farm now aims to provide customers with great plants so that they may become successful "farmers" themselves. A wide selection of annual and perennial flowers and healthy vegetable plants are available as well as a wealth of gardening knowledge. In addition, the farm starts hundreds of thousands of plants for truck farmers around Maine. Recently, the farm has begun to sell fresh, locally grown vegetables to our customers! Welcoming customers and visitors 9 am -4 pm
12. MERRYMEETING ARTS CENTER 9 Main Street www.merrymeetingartscenter.org
Merrymeeting Arts Center will be hosting a Garden Stone workshop from 10-1:00 at their 9 Main Street Studio in Bowdoinham. This quick project is a perfect creative opportunity to add to your farm tour schedule. The "Gallery for Everyone" series will be open during the workshop and from 4-6:00 before the evening waterfront concert. The weekend exhibit will feature the pottery of two recent graduates of Mt. Ararat High School. MAC is thrilled to host their first gallery exhibit and encourages you to drop into the gallery across from the studio to support these emerging artists. There is a $5 suggested donation for the studio workshop. Our gallery is free to the public, pottery will be available for sale, and donations are welcome. Please visit our website to see a full calendar of exhibits, events, and classes as well as our Facebook page for a preview of the weekend's exhibit and future artistic opportunities. The Gallery will be open 10 am -1 pm, 4 pm to 6 pm
13. MAINE FARMLAND TRUST Mailly Waterfront Park www.mainefarmlandtrust.org
Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide organization that protects farmland, supports farmers, and advances the future of farming. Our goal is to protect Maine farmland and to revitalize Maine’s rural landscape by keeping agricultural lands working and helping farmers and communities thrive. Visit table next to MMT from 9 am to 4 pm
14. CATHANCE RIVER GALLERY 18 Main Street www.cathancerivergallery.com
Cathance River Gallery is located at 18 Main Street, in the center of town. Its owner, Bill Stanton, a painter, opened the gallery in September 2021 to showcase the work of artists and craftspeople in the area. Original paintings, photographs and craftwork in various media are available for purchase. The gallery also supports special events and shows. The Gallery will have an Open House from 10 am to 4 pm.
Artist Jane Page-Conway will be there. She is a mixed media artist who uses encaustic wax to hand color her photographs. Encaustic wax is hot beeswax with resin and can be tinted with color. The molten wax can be under or over the photograph. The result becomes a build up of wax in relief. Jane will demonstrate this unique art form on Saturday, July 23, from 12 to 4 pm.