Salt Water Farm, Rockport Maine, Down East Magazine

Hard Opening

Last year, 170 new restaurants opened in Maine. Statistically, more than a quarter of them won’t make it through their first year. This is the story of one that did — restaurateur Annemarie Ahearn’s ambitious Salt Water Farm — and of what it took to get there: bruised egos, broken friendships, and tough lessons about what Mainers want.

Beech Nut Hut

Beech Nut Hut

It’s not often visitors can step inside the beautiful little Beech Nut hut in western Rockport. It sits 500 feet above sea level, on…


Best of Maine: Eating 2012

A menu of the state’s best cupcakes, pretzels, fried fish, Eritrean food, and lacto-fermented sauerkraut. Photograph by Mark Fleming   Suppose you were having…