Saturday farmers market moves inside this week

Portland’s Saturday farmers market moves indoors this week and won’t be held outdoors again until the second to last Saturday in April.

The winter market, held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be located at the Urban Farm Fementory Bay 1 Food Hub, 200 Anderson St., in the East Bayside neighborhood. The market includes live music and food trucks, and local businesses will be selling coffee and baked goods. Plenty of parking is available, and customers can use their credit cards and SNAP benefits.

The winter market provides a variety of local produce, such as root and storage vegetables, greenhouse-grown greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and dry beans. Also for sale are products such as Maine-grown flour and oats, organic tempeh, honey, jams, jellies, a variety of meats and cow’s milk and goat’s milk dairy products.

The Wednesday market in Monument Square will continue until Dec. 17, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Casco Bay Butter holding open house at new facility

Casco Bay Butter will hold an open house at its new production facility from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The new facility is located at 15 Holly St., Suite 109.

Casco Bay Butter makes about a dozen different butters in small batches, including flavors such as garlic and herb, lemon chive, salted caramel, blue cheese, cilantro lime, maple, honey, sea salt and truffle butter.

For more information about Casco Bay Butter, read a profile of the company that ran in this section on Feb. 5, “New Attitudes put butter lovers – and makers – in fat city.”


Oscar’s New American restaurant closes for good

Oscar’s New American, 305 U.S. Route 1, has closed, chef/owner Nick Krunkkala and his staff announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

“Thank you to all our loyal and supportive guests and employees who we met over the last year,” they wrote. “We are sorry to say with great sadness we have closed the restaurant.”

In addition to serving fine-dining entrees, the restaurant was known for its creative small plates, such as a chicken-fried soft-boiled egg and fried green tomatoes garnished with whipped goat cheese, chipotle-lime sauce and brown sugar bacon.


No surprises here. Mainers like pie for Thanksgiving

In case you missed it, just before Thanksgiving the New York Times Food section carried a signature recipe from every state in the union; Maine was represented by lobster mac and cheese. A week later, the paper followed up with some state-by-state Google analytics, which revealed the recipes that holiday-prepping residents researched most. Which recipes did Mainers search out online? With few exceptions (monkey bread? Sorry, but who invited you to the Thanksgiving table?), they aren’t surprising, and if you had to sum them up in a word, a three-letter-word, it’d be pie. Those dishes, in order: pumpkin whoopie pie, chocolate cream pie, squash soup, blueberry pie, creamed onions, monkey bread, coconut cream pie, lemon meringue pie, pumpkin muffins, and glazed carrots. For the full report, go to nytimes.com/upshot.

— Compiled by Meredith Goad. (Peggy Grodinsky contributed to this report.)