Market to market, that's easy to do in Maine. Shopping local farm, farmers' and craft markets is the best way to purchase Maine-made goods direct from those who made or grew them, and savvy shoppers know that flea markets are filled with budget-friendly finds.
When it comes to fresh foods, you can't beat shopping at a Maine farmers' market. Sure there are farm-fresh produce and locally grown meats and poultry, you'll also find farm-made cheeses, jams and jellies, pickles and mustards, breads and pies, chocolates and cookies, even crafts or lobster. Many farmers markets add entertainment, demonstrations, or children's activities to the mix. And don't overlook farm markets such as Beth's in Warren, or Riverside Farm in Oakland, Farmer's Daughter in Oquossoc, or Misty Meadow in Grand Isle. The best resource for finding Maine farm and farmers' markets is www.GetRealMaine.com.
Maine's dedicated craft markets are the best bet for browsing fine and folk crafts and purchasing directly from the maker. The Maine Indian Basketmakers show, sell, and demonstrate their crafts—basketry, walking and talking sticks, jewelry—at three annual events: Bar Harbor in early July, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Festival in September, and the Hudson Museum, on the University of Maine's Orono campus in December. Two other sources for finding Maine-made crafts markets are the Maine Crafts Association, which maintains a calendar of craft sales, and the United Maine Craftsmen, which presents craft markets statewide.
Flea markets are a bonanza for budget-conscious shoppers. Who knows what fabulous finds you'll discover, from signed artwork to rad furniture, 1920s collectible glass to '50s memorabilia. Just remember, go early for the best selection and finds.