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    Owners Ben and Taryn Marcus speak with a visitor below their menu board at the Sheepscot General Store.

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    The Whitefield "Elders" gather at the Sheepscot General Store

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    Herbs and Spices at the Sheepscot General Store.

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    Penny Moshier, a cook at the Sheepscot General Store, takes freshly baked bread out of the oven.

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    Alex Brewster and Alli O'Meara of Westport, Massachusetts, walk into the Sheepscot General Store.

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    Albert Boynton of Whitefield pats Oslo as he waits for Bert Hayford to get coffee at the Sheepscot General Store. Oslo is a fixture at the store and greets visitors.

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    Organic pinto beans at the Sheepscot General Store.

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    The Sheepscot General Store offers soups, sandwiches, beer, wine, vegetables and more.

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    Helen Bates, left, and Pam Skillman examine a rug for sale at Bessie's Farm Goods during Small Business Saturday in Freeport. Bates said she had seen the store advertised years ago, and came with encouragement from her sister, who enjoys the store's handmade soups and bread.

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    Kathy Heye surveys the shop she co-owns, Bessie's Farm Goods, filled with customers.

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    Pam Skillman looks at hand-spun yarn and hand-knit goods for sale at Bessie's Farm Goods in Freeport.

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    Helen Bates examines wares for sale at Bessie's Farm Goods.

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