January 8

Natural Foodie: In the middle of frigid winter, farmers market’s in full bloom

The new Portland location adds the Urban Farm Fermentory vendors’ prepared foods, baked goods and more.

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A customer selects a turnip at the Buckwheat Blossom Farm stand at the Portland winter market held in the Urban Farm Fermentory’s food hub on Saturdays.

Avery Yale Kamila photo

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The Swallowtail Farm Cottage Apothecary, one of four food hub tenants, sells Maine-grown and wild-harvested dried herbs, tinctures and elixirs.

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WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday through April 19

WHERE: Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson St., Portland

INFO: portlandmainefarmersmarket.org and on Facebook

The food hub tenants – Bomb Diggity Bakery, Maine Pie Line, Pure Pops and Swallowtail Farm Cottage Apothecary – sell their products alongside the 19 farmers in a light-drenched industrial space.

Some of the items I’ve seen at the farmstands recently include greenhouse tomatoes, salad greens, kale, kefir, Greek yogurt, free-range eggs, raw milk, dry beans, popcorn on the cob, black bean tempeh, rolled oats, fermented vegetables, jams, maple syrup and honey.

The Good Shepherd’s Farm sells a selection of farm-baked breads made from Maine-grown and milled grains. The breads include pita pockets, baguettes and a sourdough loaf made with a culture that is more than 30 years old and has spent time in the famed microbial air of San Francisco.

Another addition to the market is the Urban Farm Fermentory’s tasting room, which is open during market hours. This allows shoppers to belly up to the bar and order $1 samples from the 12 taps, which feature an ever-changing selection of kombuchas, ciders and meads. This is where I’ve sampled such intriguing kombucha brews as golden beet, ghost pepper, tarragon and chaga chai.

“Everyone is super-psyched about the market,” said Urban Farm Fermentory founder Eli Cayer. “We wanted to make it a better market experience.”

It appears they’ve succeeded. 

Avery Yale Kamila is a freelancer who lives in Portland, where she writes about health food and shops at the winter market each Saturday. She can be reached at:


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Eli Cayer, founder of the Urban Farm Fermentory on Anderson Street in Portland, pours a kombucha sample during a winter market.

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