Nezinscot Farm is a favorite destination of those looking to explore unique shops in the Maine countryside. Located in nearby Turner Maine, the farm is a leisurely 30 minute drive from the Wolf Cove Inn, a bed and breakfast in Maine. Your drive to the farm meanders through some beautiful, rural Maine backwoods roads. While a fun activity anytime, it’s definitely an answer to the question of what to do on a rainy day at the Inn.
9 Reasons To Visit Nezinscot Farm
There are lots of good reasons to visit Nezinscot Farm. Do you like organic, hormone and antibiotic free foods? They have it. Do you believe herbal remedies belong in your personal care portfolio? Read on. And if you like to meet the people that produce what you buy, then you’ll love this place. Without further ado, here are 9 reasons to visit the farm store.
1. Organic Farm Produce, Meat & Cheese
Of course, the first thing you look for at a farm store is food. You’ll find seasonal produce and locally foraged mushrooms which are sourced from their own land, Levesque Farm and Albert’s Organics. Cheese lovers adore the variety of farm-made hard and soft cheeses. Furthermore, the cheese originates with farm-raised animals. They make their own charcuterie from responsibly raised animals without the use of hormones and antibiotics. The animals feed on fermented grass and corn silage produced on the farm. Finally, depending on the season, you’ll find a wide and varying selection of beef, chicken, lamb, goat, pork, duck, rabbit and turkey products.
2. Farm Made Jams & Jellies And Canned Fruits And Vegetables
You’ll find the farm store packed with all manner of home made canned goods.
- Jams and jellies using strawberries, rhubarb, peaches, citrus, oranges, grapes, blackberries and of course Maine blueberries
- Fruits and veggies including green beans, corn, peaches, pears, tomatoes and garlic
- Pickled items including dilly beans, little sours, bread & butter, sweet & sour, beets, garlic, carrots, cauliflower and garlic
- Relishes and sauces that include zucchini, beets, tomatoes, apples, corn, and more
3. Farm Made Soap
The personal care section of the farm store offers a wide variety of locally made goat milk and oil based soaps.
4. Homemade Balms & Salves
The farm’s herbalist has 18 years experience in producing herbal based personal care products. You’ll find a wide variety of balms, salves, lotions, aromatherapy, essential oils and bath salts. In addition you’ll also discover a nice selection of tinctures, teas, bitters and digestives.
5. Fiberist Classes
Head on up to the second floor and discover a fiberist heaven. Every Saturday and Sunday, a variety of workshops run from 11 to 3. Workshops include specialties such as:
- Needle Felting and
- Basic Weaving.
The cost is $20 per hour plus the cost of materials. You may purchase materials there or bring your own.
They do request you call for or make online reservations to ensure they have enough space and material on hand.
6. Fiberist Spinning Wheels And Yarns
Nezinscot Farms yarn comes from their own flock of Cormo and Shetland sheep, llama, alpaca, and goats. The wool is blended and spun at New England spinneries into 2 and 4-ounce skeins. They have a very good variety of material for sale. In addition they also have a selection of spinning wheels for sale as well.
The Yarn & Fiber Studio hosts retreats and a variety of workshops through the year. Please contact Nezinscot Farm directly for more information.
7. Medicinal Herb & Plant Garden
Want to see from where many of the ingredients for the farm store originate? Walk right outside and visit their medicine garden. You can even make an appointment for a tour with their resident herbalist.
8. Visit The Farm’s Goats And Chickens
For me, walking around the farm and seeing the resident flocks and herds was fun. You can meet the goats that turn out the basis for the goat cheese you’ll find in the farm store. You’ll also have a chance to check out the chickens.
9. The Nezinscot Cafe
Open Thu-Sin and serving from 7AM to 3PM, the cafe serves both breakfast and lunch most days. They offer a wide variety of from-scratch, handcrafted menu items. Specialty items include Scotch Eggs & Toast, a house Reuben Burger and Poutine. Be sure to check their hours of operation before heading out if the cafe is an important part of your visit.
There is so much more to take in at the Nezinscot Farm Store than I’ve covered here. Do yourself a favor and find some time to explore this gem of rural Maine.
Finally, if after your time at Nezinscot Farm you’re feeling a bit parched, stop by Ricker Hill Orchards on your way back to the Wolf Cove Inn. Ricker Hill has a hard cider tasting room and it’s right on your way home. It too is located in Turner Maine and it is right off of route 117 (which you’ll be taking on your way home.)
Lastly, if you’d like information on more local farms to explore, be sure to check out my blog about Farmer’s Markets near Poland Maine.
Enjoy The Welcoming Wolf Cove Inn As Your Home Base
Wolf Cove Inn, a Maine B&B, is a great place to begin your day before heading out to visit Nezinscot Farm. Enjoy our Maine comfort breakfast each day while overlooking peaceful Tripp Lake. Before or after your trip to the farm, get out on the lake with our complimentary canoes and kayaks. After dinner at the Inn or elsewhere, gather round the fire pit, toast up some s’mores and enjoy our spectacular sunsets. Finally, head up to your room for a great night sleep in our romance rooms, many of which include jetted tubs and fireplaces.
And if you have your window open at night for the fresh lake breezes, be sure to listen for the beautiful songs of the loons on the lake. It’s so very tranquil to have the loons sing you to sleep.
Wolf Cove Inn
5 Jordan Shore Drive
Poland Maine 04274
284 Turner Center Road
Turner, ME 04282