Spotlight On LOCAL FOOD SCENE

The region has a vibrant regional local food culture, strengthened by 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, as well as a growing, young, producer community made up of over a hundred farmers and food producers are vital to the local food economy. The direct producer to consumer outlets include city-wide farmers’ markets, farm stands, CSA (Community Sustainable Agriculture) opportunities, and family friendly, beloved agro-tourist destinations.

With the high-quality selection of local breweries and restaurants  that offer traditional and global cuisine featuring select local ingredients, the region has all the right elements for good food and a strong local food culture.

The region benefits from a local food vision for shortterm growth as laid out by the Local Foods Local Places Action Plan, which resulted 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,
www.goodfood4la.org.

Spotlight On LOCAL FOOD SCENE

The region has a vibrant regional local food culture, strengthened by 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, as well as a growing, young, producer community made up of over a hundred farmers and food producers are vital to the local food economy. The direct producer to consumer outlets include city-wide farmers’ markets, farm stands, CSA (Community Sustainable Agriculture) opportunities, and family friendly, beloved agro-tourist destinations.

With the high-quality selection of local breweries and restaurants  that offer traditional and global cuisine featuring select local ingredients, the region has all the right elements for good food and a strong local food culture.

The region benefits from a local food vision for shortterm growth as laid out by the Local Foods Local Places Action Plan, which resulted 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,
www.goodfood4la.org.

Explore Our Local Farms + Food Producers

Blais Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup, Honey

44 Ledgeview Rd, Greene, ME

207.576.4354

blaismaplesyrup.com

Brigeen Farms/Canty Cow Creamery

Dairy, Ice Cream

278 Upper St, Turner, Maine

207.713.5145

cantycow.com

 

Chipman Farm

Produce

Multiple Farm Stands: Grey, Raymond, Windham, and Poland

207.998.2027

chipmanfarmmaine.com

Chirp Creek Farm

Produce

76 Littlefield Rd, Lisbon ME

207.219.9090

chirpcreekfarm.com

Eli’s Homestead

Produce, Eggs, Microgreens, Chard, Kale, Broccoli

74 Grove St, Lewiston, ME

207.240.8336

facebook.com/ElisHomestead

Farmer’s Garden at the Caron Farm

Produce, Jalapeños, Poblanos, Thai Peppers, Seasonings

Auburn, Maine

207.402.3171

facebook.com/farmersgarden207

 

Heiwa Tofu

Tofu, Organic

Rockport, ME

207.236.8638

heiwatofu.com

Levesque’s Organic Farm

Produce, Organic

Leeds, ME

207.524.5535

levesquesorganicfarm.com

Little Ridge Farm

Produce, Organic, Pork, Beef, Turkey 

101 Gould Rd, Lisbon Falls, ME

207.353.7126

littleridgefarm.com

Meeting House Farm

Herbs

35 Hunnewell Rd, Scarborough, ME

207.303.0733

meetinghouse.farm

 

New Roots Cooperative Farm

Produce, Organic

954 College Rd, Lewiston, ME

207.513.0125

newrootscooperativefarm.com

Old Crow Ranch

Beef, Poultry

427 Davis Rd, Durham, ME

207.329.8775

oldcrowranch.com

Pineland Farms

Dairy, Produce, Locally Sourced Foods

15 Farm View Dr, New Gloucester, ME

207.688.4539

pinelandfarms.org

R.Belanger & Sons Farms Inc.

Produce

262 Cotton Rd, Lewiston, ME

207.783.3737

facebook.com/RBelangerandSonsFarms

 

Stonecipher Farm

Produce, Organic, Herbs, Ginger, Tumeric

1186 River Rd, Bowdoinham, ME

207.737.4124

stonecipherfarm.com

The Sausage Kitchen

Beef, Poultry

36 Main St, Lisbon Falls ME

207.353.5503

thesausagekitchen.com

The Wallingford’s Fruit House

Orchard, Bakery

1240 Perkins Ridge Rd, Auburn, ME

207.784.7958

wallingfordsorchard.com

Verrill’s Vegetable Stand

Produce, Beef

270 Bailey Hill Rd, Poland

207.998.2301

facebook.com/Verrills-Vegetable-Stand

 

Whispering Winds Farm

Produce, Dairy, Poultry, Pork, Goat

87 Standpipe Rd, Mechanic Falls, ME

207.345.9005

facebook.com/Whispering-Winds-Farm

Whiting Farm

Produce, Herbs, Flowers, Christmas Trees

36 Main St, Lisbon Falls, ME

207.777.5129

whitingfarm.org

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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THINGS TO DO:

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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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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THINGS TO DO:

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Spotlight On WEDDINGS

Whether you and your sweetheart are looking to exchange vows in the heart of an urban downtown, amidst the rustic vibes of vintage barn décor in rolling fields, overlooking the Great Falls in the heart of the city, or in the historic craftsmanship of a church, our region has you covered.

 

THINGS TO DO:

Spotlight On COMEDY

LAUGH IN LA

Ten years ago, the Lewiston Auburn comedy scene was non-existent. Today, the Twin Cities are not only the comedy hub of Maine, they’re also a breeding ground for the local scene. Home to a plethora of weekly and monthly shows in venues ranging from craft breweries to historic churches, you can stop in and find a variety of local comedians sharing the stage with regional favorites from Boston and beyond.

Come Laugh

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.

  Check out one of these events

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Housing Opportunities

Peruse housing opportunities in our communities

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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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THINGS TO DO:

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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