- The Maine Ingredient -
As an agricultural food hub, Skowhegan is home to a year-round farmers’ market, Maine Grains, the annual Kneading Conference and Artisan Bread Fair, two craft breweries, an orchard that ferments hard cider, numerous farmers and a CSA, and several restaurants that serve local harvest.
Located in a former county jail, Maine Grains is reviving local organic grain production by providing a gathering and operating space for farmers and entrepreneurs. The company manufactures locally grown grains using a traditional stone-milling process and is a notable supplier for Maine's craft-brew industry. Located in the same facility, the Pickup is a CSA that buys products from more than 70 local food producers and delivers them throughout the state.
Skowhegan is part of a lively and growing local craft-beer culture. Oak Pond Brewery operates from a converted chicken barn, producing old-world-style aged lagers as well as ales. Housed in a remodeled horse barn, Bigelow Brewing Company offers brews with flavors as unique as their names, which include Lying Bastard and Dementia Dog, and serves wood-fired pizzas on Friday nights.