Activities: Shopping for Maine Products Online
Whether you are visiting and want to take home a special Maine-made product or want to shop from the comfort of your home, there are an abundance of Maine products to choose from. Some of the state’s best purveyors will mail order Maine foods and Maine-made goods to homes across the country. Go to Maine Made, an organization that builds recognition for Maine products and their producers, to see recommendations for local food purveyors, crafts, sporting goods, gifts, fiber arts and much more. You’ll learn where to buy, either in person or online. Here’s a sampling of producers that are worth checking out.
From the Sea
Luke’s Lobster in Saco and Portland has established a nationwide reputation for shipping lobster, lobster rolls and other sustainable seafood from Maine. Anyone looking for Lobster Mac & Cheese, Maine oysters and crab claws can visit their website. But they have plenty of competition from companies such as Graffam Bros of Rockport, SoPo Seafood of South Portland, Beal’s of Southwest Harbor and Dorr Lobster Co. of Milbridge.
Also not to be missed? Maine’s oysters. Maine produces some of the best tasting oysters in the world. You can order them online from Glidden Point Oysters in Edgecomb, as well as the Maine Oyster Company (Phippsburg) and Mook Sea Farm (Walpole).
Those who enjoy smoked seafood can find an abundance in Maine and available online. Maine-ly Smoked Salmon Company is located just minutes away from the waters of the Passamaquoddy Bay in Perry, where their Grade-A, Atlantic salmon are raised (and can be shipped right to your door). Maine Coast Smokehouse offers a variety of smoked seafood including scallops, mussels, and pâté, in addition to salmon. Stonington Seafood brings authentic Scottish smoking traditions to Maine’s fresh seafood for truly delectable creations. If you seek a variety of options for a party platter, Grindstone Neck of Maine in Winter Harbor offers smoked samplers of shellfish, salmon, mussels and trout.
If it’s the vegetal flavors of the sea you seek, Atlantic Sea Farms in Saco specializes in kelp products. Those include Seaweed Salad to Sea-Chi, a mild kimchi, and Sea-Beet Kraut, a kelp sauerkraut. Their Ready-To-Eat Kelp is freshly harvested, while their Kelp Cubes are designed to add to soups and smoothies.
From the Land
Maine Grains of Skowhegan offers freshly-milled, organic and heritage grains sourced from the Northeast, supporting local grain production and milling. Their incredible range of stone ground flours include Organic Sifted Wheat Flour, Organic Whole Spelt Flour, Organic Corn Flour and many more varieties.
Stonewall Kitchen has been nationally known for years. But they have inspired many other Maine-made and Maine-inspired foodstuffs from smaller purveyors, such as Cape Whoopies, a South-Portland based company that sells Maine gourmet whoopie pies. Not to mention Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies, a mainstay on Deer Isle since the 1980s, who makes about 300 jars of jams and jellies by hand each day.
Discover the joy of Maine's tradtional candy from the Maine Needham Company. Needhams are a confectionary made of coconut and potato, and coated in dark chocolate.
Crooked Face Creamery of Skowhegan sells small-batch cheeses and locally raised meats. Their specialty is their Up North Applewood Cold Smoked Ricotta, made with whole milk from registered Jersey cows. Wyman’s Blueberries of Milbridge has been family-owned since 1874 and offers frozen Maine blueberries to keep the taste of a Maine summer alive all year long. Ewing Fruit Co. sells blueberries from their organic farm and also make Wild Maine Blueberry Sriracha and Wild Maine Blueberry Cider Vinegar.
Sea Bags on Custom House Wharf in Portland takes discarded sails and upcycles them into nautically inspired totes and accessories. While tote bags are at the heart of the business, they have many other Maine-inspired gifts as well. Rugged Seas also produces totes, but theirs are made from used lobster bibs. A portion of sales goes to support Maine Lobstermen Association and the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association. Seacolors Yarnery in Washington is a bio-regional fiber shed that makes 100% wool blankets woven on antique looms. On a farm in Cherryfield, TetherMade creates handmade baskets and other textiles using responsibly sourced materials.
Maine-made goods for the outdoors are offered by a range of businesses originating from the 19th century to the present. Shaw & Tenney of Orono, for example, has been making finely crafted wooden oars and paddles since 1858. Then there are relative newcomers like Grain Surfboards of York, specializing in sustainable surfboards lovingly handmade out of beautiful wood.
Maine authors can be found at Islandport Press, which has a great selection of books by Maine writers. The shop called 33 by Hand in Portland is where to find handmade high fashion leather goods. North Country Winds Bells offers the gift of Maine Coast’s magical bell sounds while The Angler’s Pint sells full-color designed fish glassware for anglers to use for “tall tales after a day on the water.”
For more ideas on Maine purveyors and goods, go to the Visit Maine Shopping page.