Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wolfe's Neck Park and Farm in Freeport, Maine


As the days get shorter, I'm gathering the warm ones to store for winter. Maine weather is quite temperamental in November. Our first snowfall was followed by days in the 50's with clear blue skies. Most leaves have fallen, but some still cling to the trees in brilliant shades of red and gold. A late frost means lingering colors.

It's deer hunting season so our hiking choices are limited, but Wolfe's Neck Park is always safe. This state park is situated on a peninsula on Casco Bay. The longest hike is only a couple of miles, but the ocean views from the wooded trails are gorgeous. It's hard to believe this wildlife sanctuary is only a short drive from the outlet shops of downtown Freeport.

On the way home, we stopped at Wolfe's Neck Farm. There's an untended farm shed where you can buy their free range meat, eggs, vegetables and soap. You write what you took and leave the money in a jam jar. It restores my faith in humanity.


9 comments:

Cynthia Pittmann, PhD said...

Sarah, I love how you write, "As the days get shorter, I'm gathering the warm ones to store for winter." Both your words and the golden-cast photograph of you with Scout are so lovely! The "honor system" farm and the safe hiking trail are both great tips for travelers, too. Be well!

A Cuban In London said...

I love the idea of the jam jar. It, too, restores my faith in humanity. I saw a similar initiative in the community where one of my brothers-in-law lives in Cornwall.

Greetings from London.

Amanda Summer said...

That untended farm shed is a beautiful thing. There is a Christmas tree lot where I live that does the same thing as it gets closer to the holidays. The lot is untended and you just leave your donation in a tin can. I agree - it's important to celebrate these small acts of faith and humanity. Beautiful photos of you and your daughter.

tina said...

Why does deer season limit you on hiking? I hike on my property but do wear a reflective vest in case of overzealous hunters (are there any others). Is that why you don't walk trails during deer season. I really like those honor system type farms. Maine has a lot of them.

Donna said...

You live in such a lovely place. And is that your daughter? She's very lovely too!

cynthia newberry martin said...

Nice shots, Sarah. Love the money in the jam jar!

Sarah Laurence said...

Cynthias, thanks!

ACIL & Amanda, good to hear that there are other places like the farm shack.

Tina, my dog has similar coloring to a deer's. When walking outside a park, we both where bright orange during hunting season.

Donna, yes, that's my daughter. Now that she's a senior in high school, I feel she's old enough to appear safely on my blog. I've been extra cautious since I blog under my full name.

Les said...

We have vegetable stands like that down here, and it always does my heart good to see that trust.

cosmos said...

Untended stands are often seen in the countryside here as well while walking, where fresh vegetables or fruits local farmers grow are placed with tin cans. To buy those fresh produce
is one of walkers' pleasure.