Our focus in growing antioxidant-rich and nutrient-dense foods continues in 2010 with the arrival of additional heirloom berries and vegetables. We are Maine’s first commercial grower of the Amelanchier alnifolia (Saskatoon or Service berry), an early bearing fruit with a high ORAC value and potent antioxidant profile. We expect the berries to be harvested in late June!
This season farmer and horticulturalist David Buchanan will produce cut flowers and vegetables under the Old Ocean House Farms label at Apple Tree Hill, and extensive gardens at neighboring Turkey Hill Farm. This partnership means more growing space and an opportunity to bring David’s nursery business Origins Fruit into the mix. Watch for his collection of fruit trees and berries at the Portland Farmers Market, alongside displays of high-quality heirloom produce and seasonal flowers.
David’s tree selection includes classic apples like Ashmead’s Kernel, Wolf River and Cox’s Orange Pippin, as well as more recently developed varieties like Freedom, Initial and Keepsake. He'll also carry peaches, pie cherries, apricots, pears, and small fruits like blueberries and black raspberries. This year he’ll offer, for the first time, the only commercially available Marshall strawberries, a nearly extinct variety once known as the best tasting in the country.
Old Ocean House Farms will continue to sell vegetables and cut flowers at the Portland farmers market and to local restaurants like Aurora Provisions, Caiolas, Inn-By-The-Sea, and Walters. Produce selection will emphasize high-quality greens and the heirloom vegetables that David has collected, trialed and saved for seed in Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough over the past five years.
Heritage. Experience. Devotion. These characteristics represent Old Ocean House Farms, a pristine working farm founded in the late 1800s, and which prides itself in providing ecologically grown fruits and vegetables to our community.
We are happy to announce our recent "Maine Organic Farm Growers Association Certification".