Spotlight On LOCAL FOOD SCENE

If you’re choosing to stay to play, plan ahead! Area hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts are often fully booked in advance of the festivals, Dempsey Challenge, and for Bates graduation and alumni celebrations.

What makes a vibrant regional local food culture? A central location within the state that houses and connects farms and food producers to thriving markets. A longstanding agricultural history with farming heritage, passion, and knowledge eager to pass on to the next generation. And some of the best soil in the state.

With a growing, relatively young, producer community made up of over a hundred farmers and food producers; direct producer to consumer outlets including City-wide farmers’ markets, farm stands, and CSA (Community Sustainable Agriculture) opportunities; family friendly, beloved agro-tourist destinations; and a high quality selection of local breweries and restaurants that off er traditional and global cuisine featuring select local ingredients, the region has all the right ingredients for good food and a strong local food culture.

Finally, we have a local food vision for short-term growth as laid out by the Local Foods Local Places Action Plan, the resulting from a 2019 community planning session of more than 80 stakeholders from across Lewiston-Auburn’s producer, consumer, business, and municipal sectors.

The plan, its continued progress, and ways to engage and support are available at the website of the Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn, which has been providing anchor coordination www.goodfood4la.org.

Auburn Farmers Market

Fresh, Local, Delicious

JOIN US EACH WEDNESDAY, SPRING THROUGH FALL
4:00PM at FESTIVAL PLAZA (Main Street)

Local vendors, fresh products, handmade goods. Cash, credit/debit & EBT accepted. Visit auburnmaine.gov for details.

Lewiston Farmers Market

Bringing the Soul of the Farm to the Heart of the City

SUNDAYS MAY THROUGH NOVEMBER www.lewistonfarmersmarket.com

Spotlight On LOCAL FOOD SCENE

If you’re choosing to stay to play, plan ahead! Area hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts are often fully booked in advance of the festivals, Dempsey Challenge, and for Bates graduation and alumni celebrations.

What makes a vibrant regional local food culture? A central location within the state that houses and connects farms and food producers to thriving markets. A longstanding agricultural history with farming heritage, passion, and knowledge eager to pass on to the next generation. And some of the best soil in the state.

With a growing, relatively young, producer community made up of over a hundred farmers and food producers; direct producer to consumer outlets including City-wide farmers’ markets, farm stands, and CSA (Community Sustainable Agriculture) opportunities; family friendly, beloved agro-tourist destinations; and a high quality selection of local breweries and restaurants that off er traditional and global cuisine featuring select local ingredients, the region has all the right ingredients for good food and a strong local food culture.

Finally, we have a local food vision for short-term growth as laid out by the Local Foods Local Places Action Plan, the resulting from a 2019 community planning session of more than 80 stakeholders from across Lewiston-Auburn’s producer, consumer, business, and municipal sectors.

The plan, its continued progress, and ways to engage and support are available at the website of the Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn, which has been providing anchor coordination www.goodfood4la.org.

Auburn Farmers Market

Fresh, Local, Delicious

JOIN US EACH WEDNESDAY, SPRING THROUGH FALL
4:00PM at FESTIVAL PLAZA (Main Street)

Local vendors, fresh products, handmade goods. Cash, credit/debit & EBT accepted. Visit auburnmaine.gov for details.

Lewiston Farmers Market

Bringing the Soul of the Farm to the Heart of the City

SUNDAYS MAY THROUGH NOVEMBER www.lewistonfarmersmarket.com

THE GEMS OF Route 26

Just ten minutes west of Auburn, picturesque Route 26 winds its way through gorgeous countryside boasting culturally, historically, and ecologically significant attractions ideal for day trips, families, and solo reflection. Stop at Cyndi’s Dockside halfway through for amazing scallops and a peaceful lake view.

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DINING IN LA

The food and dining scene in LA reflects the long history and diverse cultures of the area. Start your day with a wood-fired sourdough bagel from Forage Market, named “America’s Best Bagel” by Saveur Magazine. Just a block away you can visit Heritage Restaurant, an African restaurant that serves …

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Spotlight On PUBLIC ART

Lewiston and Auburn are embracing public art to promote cultural, aesthetic, and economic vitality. From crosswalks with pavement murals for pedestrian safety and neighborhood identity, to commissioning significant works by Maine
sculptors at major gateways, local public art expresses pride and quality of life for both residents and visitors…

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OUTDOOR RECREATION

The Outdoors the region offers trails that weave through the city, with views of skylines and access to dining, as well as short jaunts to trail heads for paddlers, serious hikers, and explorers.

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PERFORMING ARTS & CULTURE

Professional theatre, music, and dance organizations have made a home in the community, Bates College continues to integrate its offerings into the fabric of the cities, delightful public art is popping up on every corner, and new restaurants and shops pepper the streets of the downtown…

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THE RIVER

The Great Falls is at the heart of Lewiston and Auburn on the mighty Androscoggin River, and is a sight to see during the Spring runoff. Other river activities include white water kayaking at Dressers Rips, Crew Regattas, and great riverside fishing along the water’s edge.

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PLAN Your Trip

If you’re flying to the region, consider a chartered flight to the Auburn Lewiston Airport, or head to Portland Jetport (PWM) and rent a car for your 30-minute drive. Major routes into Maine include I-95 from Boston (2.5 hours) and Route 1 along the coast…

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DAY TRIPS

FREEPORT Home to LL. Bean

Only 20 minutes east of Auburn, Freeport is a walkable town with outlet stores and LL Bean’s Flagship store…

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THINGS TO DO:

Spotlight On GOLF COURSES

Poland Spring Country Club

Part of the scenic Poland Spring Resort, this course offers a driving range, velvet bent grass greens, lessons, and tees for all abilities.

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HEALTH + Wellness

The communities of Lewiston and Auburn host several events each year that embed the values of health and wellness into the culture of the region. These competitive events are family-friendly, welcome all skill levels, and leverage the outdoor assets of the area. People across the region rally their teams, train, register, and race for fun, cash, and a purpose.

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Spotlight On LOCAL FOOD SCENE

What makes a vibrant regional local food culture? A central location within the state that houses and connects farms and food producers to thriving markets. A longstanding agricultural history with farming heritage, passion…

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TOP INDUSTRIES

The region’s top industries employ roughly 25% of the overall workforce, from creative and advertising positions, executives to skilled labor, and all stages of career growth in between…

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EDUCATION

Our educational offerings extend from Head Start and private preschool facilities to first-rate public and private K-12 schools to post-secondary institutions that educate nearly 6,000 students each year…

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Make Your Mark

Starting a Business In The Region

The region is home to a strong ecosystem of support for entrepreneurs and business startups. The cities of Auburn and Lewiston each have robust economic development teams with friendly people who…

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Courtesy of BatesSEASONAL ACTIVITIES & Festivals

Summer Activities:

  • Paddling the Androscoggin River
  • Mini Golf Driving Range visits at Poland Spring, Tabors + Roy’s
  • Disc Golf at one of 6 area courses
  • Swimming at Range Pond State Park, Poland

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ARTWALK

Art Walk LA celebrates the Lewiston Auburn arts scene and community, bringing art, crafts, and live entertainment to more than 20 venues and outdoor spaces in downtown LA on each final Friday in May through September. The event draws

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THE LA REGION

The Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan region stretches across Androscoggin County’s 16 communities. Through the center of the county, and joining the cities of Lewiston and Auburn, runs the Androscoggin River. As the second largest metropolitan area in Maine, more than…

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AUBURN

Situated on the west side of the Androscoggin River, more than 40% of Auburn’s land is agricultural. Auburn offers the best of both worlds, with a walkable downtown district close to hotels, breweries, and restaurants…

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LEWISTON

Lewiston is Maine’s second largest city, running east of the Androscoggin River. Home to historic mills that tell its legacy of hard work and immigration through the generations, the downtown district is…

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POLAND + MECHANIC FALLS + MINOT

In Western Androscoggin County, 10 miles from LA, you will find the trio of towns Poland, Mechanic Falls, and Minot. These small towns share a regional school district amid rolling hills and rural farm lands

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LISBON + DURHAM

Each summer, Lisbon hosts concerts in the park, where a small bridge over the falls will connect you to Durham. This quiet, rural town of open fields and green forests remains a place where time slows down and life is less hurried.

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TURNER + LEEDS + GREENE

Turner is a growing, family-oriented community just north of the metro region with a distinct sense of place. Bordered by Greene and Leeds, small rural communities to the east, the three towns comprise School District 52. The region has great recreation fields for youth sports and a public library…

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WALES + SABATTUS

Wales and Sabattus are two towns north of the LA region, both acting as quiet, residential communities for employees in LA and Augusta. If quiet backroads and short commutes are the lifestyle you seek, these are the towns for you.

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LIVERMORE + LIVERMORE FALLS

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