The Inn’s vegetable garden was a big success this year. Unlike last year when we had Noah’s Ark-like weather for all of June and most of July and the worst tomato blight that Maine has ever seen, this year has been just about perfect. The early spring was warm and wet and we never got the last late frost that we usually get in early May. This was the third season for our rhubarb plant and it is a monster. Next year I think I will split it as it is just getting too big. But it did its job and kept us well supplied with rhubarb for our strawberry rhubarb compote. As expected our herbs did great and we use a lot of our sage and thyme in our breakfast stratas and quiches.
In late May I bought three heirloom tomato plants from a local farmer at the Kennebunk Farmer’s Market (more about that later). I really like heirloom tomatoes. I think the crazy colors and wildly irregular shapes make them taste better! I know this is insane but there is nothing like a tomato that you grow and pick. The Prudence Purple is a large, multi colored, slicing tomato with low acidity. The Costoluto is red, orange and green and is smaller than Prudence Purple. And for small tomatoes, I planted a Black Cherry which grew all over the place. All did well and peaked last week but we’ll have tomatoes for at least another week or two. The zucchini are coming in late but are beautiful. We use a lot of zucchini and its the leading actor in our Zucchini Quiche. For a description go to http://www.englishmeadowsinn.com/breakfast.htm .
The Kennebunk Farmers Market is the source for nearly all of our other produce in the summer and fall. I make it a point to go every Saturday after breakfast. The outdoor market (it goes on whether rain or shine) is located just off Main St. in Kennebunk and over 30 farmers and purveyors are usually there. Local farms sell their produce (and a few of them are all organic), artisan cheese makers always have samples, and the best lamb sausage anywhere comes from a lamb farm in Sanford. This market has been very popular over the past few years as the community has become very “farm to table” conscious. Check out their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kennebunk-ME/Kennebunk-Farmers-Market/79800570783?v=wall
The Farmers Market runs from the first week in May until about November 1. Its great fun and I’m sure that you will enjoy making a trip to the Market part of your stay at the English Meadows Inn.