Lyndsey Marston is the Director of MFT's Stewardship Program, and monitors MFT's farm easements in…
Maine farms produce so many wonderful products that are perfect for your holiday table and your gift list. From cheese to maple syrup, sparkling beverages to cozy yarns, or tea to warm the winter–Maine farms have what you need to celebrate the season!
Hit up your local Farmers Markets
Farmers markets are full of seasonal goodies. In addition to stocking up on your storage veggies, visit the winter markets for gifts! Vendors offer a wonderful assortment of products such as jams, pickles, meats, yarns, sheepskins, as well as ceramics and other crafts. You’re sure to find something for almost everyone on your list!
Give the gift of local food with a CSA share
Farms all over the state are beginning to open CSA sign-ups for next season. Whether you are looking for veggies, fruit, flowers, meat, dairy, or grains– you are guaranteed to find a farm or subscription service for you. Treat yourself or give a share as a gift (or both).
Take care of your loved ones with Maine herbal products
We all know Maine winters can be long and chilly! Be prepared with teas, salves, aromatherapies, tinctures, and wellness goodies to get you through, made by Maine herbalists with Maine-grown ingredients. Tuck a few herbal products into stockings this year!
In our opinion, cheese is perfect for any occasion. Serve Maine-made cheeses as appetizers or dessert at your holiday gatherings, or bring cheese for your host. Check out the Maine Cheese Guild to find a creamery near you. Bonus: pair with some Maine charcuterie and some of those blueberries you are storing in your freezer!
Whether you prefer bubbles, red, or a dry white- explore the many wineries Maine has to offer. A visit to a tasting room is a fun and festive experiential gift idea for a friend. Keep a few bottles on hand for whatever festivities occur! Into beer? We all know Maine boasts some fantastic breweries- many of which use Maine-grown grains and hops! Use your next holiday party as an excuse to try a few new Maine beers. Serve flights to your guests and find your favorite new holiday brew. Round off your libations menu with some cider- perfect for any occasion. With such an extensive variety of apples grown in the state, ciders (and even some cider bars!) are becoming more and more popular. Learn about some of the oldest apple seeds in the state while sipping on a tart and crisp beverage.
Show your love for Maine farms and shop the MFT Gallery & Store
Find books, calendars, and the best MFT swag in our webstore! Pair with a gift membership for the perfect gift for the Maine farm lover in your life. If you’re local, be sure to stop by our Gallery in Belfast to shop our Small Works Holiday Show featuring Maine artists. Buy local art, support local farms!